Just before Game one of the NBA Finals tipped off on Thursday night, NBA commissioner Adam Silver made a few noticeable comments that generated headlines, including the possibility of expansion once again. Perhaps just as notable, were his statements about how the Association is considering handling All-NBA team voting.
As is we hear the complaints each season about various snubs, whether it’s a first or second-team designation or missing the teams altogether, it leaves a lot of people upset. Not to mention, NBA player contracts are heavily tied to whether or not makes an All-NBA team, with that providing a barrier for the type of max contract amount they are eligible for.
Needless to say, All-NBA teams are a pretty big deal.
That’s why Adam Silver’s suggested voting change could be great for the game.
Adam Silver’s All-NBA suggestion would be wise
The league employs an approach that includes two guards, two forwards and a center on each of the three All-NBA teams. But Silver said the league is considering removing positions altogether from the All-NBA voting process.
It doesn’t make sense to keep things the exact way they are. Half the time teams or media can’t agree on what position a player plays. Guard and forward? What is Luka Doncic? Does LeBron James’ position change from season to season?
The point is, many players are so versatile, that they spend time at multiple positions. While there may be a significant difference between a point guard and a center, sometimes the lines get blurred a bit when distinguishing between a guard and a forward.
Or in another sense, perhaps if the league and its NBA Players Association follows through, these suggested changes could prevent Joel Embiid from being a second-team All-NBA player despite finishing in second place of the MVP voting each of the past two seasons.
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Author: Andrew Buller-Russ