- Fan vote will account for 50%
- Players and basketball media 25% each
For the first time, NBA players and basketball media will join fans in voting for the starters for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, the league announced Monday.
Previously, only fans voted for the starters for the Eastern and Western Conference teams. This time, the fan vote will make up 50% while the current players and a panel of basketball media will count as 25% each.
"Players and media will be able to complete one full ballot, featuring three frontcourt players and two guards from both the Eastern and Western Conference," the NBA said in a press release. "Players may vote for their teammates or themselves."
Voting for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game begins at 11 a.m. ET on Christmas Day. Fans can submit one full ballot each day through NBA.com
, the NBA App, Twitter, Facebook and Google search, as well as via Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblogs in China.
For Facebook and Twitter, fans can use the hashtag #NBAVOTE plus the player's full name or handle.
Voting will end on January 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Starters will be announced on TNT, which, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner, on January 19 at 7 p.m. ET.
The Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Star reserves, which are selected by NBA head coaches, will be announced on January 26.
The 2017 NBA All-Star Game -- the 66th in league history -- will be held February 19 in New Orleans at Smoothie King Center.