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The Miami Heat now have a much better chance to become the first team since the 1990 Los Angeles Lakers to have three NBA All-Star starters.
NBA.com reported the league will announce Wednesday a change in the All-Star balloting. Fans will vote for three frontcourt players rather than two forwards and a center.
Under the old rules, it had remained to be seen where a media selection panel would place Miamis Chris Bosh on the ballot. He was a power forward last season until becoming the starting center during the NBA Finals. And that is the position he is slated to play this season.
Had Bosh been on the ballot at forward, which had been the case in his previous nine seasons, he would have had little chance of being an All-Star starter due to Miamis LeBron James and New Yorks Carmelo Anthony having a lock on that position. Now, with three frontcourt players being selected, he could join those two in being selected as a starter for the Feb. 17 game in Houston.
James has started eight straight All-Star Games and Heat guard Dwyane Wade has started seven straight. Voting for guards will be unchanged on this season's ballot when voting starts Nov. 13. So the Heat have a legitimate shot to become the first team to have three All-Star Starters since the Lakers of 1990 had guard Magic Johnson and forwards James Worthy and A.C. Green.
Prior to change in the ballot, Bosh had told FOX Sports Florida he should be listed on the All-Star ballot at center rather than forward. With center Dwight Howard having gone from Orlando of the East to the Lakers of the West, Bosh believed the center spot would become wide open and the Heat would have a shot at three All-Star starters.
"That would be cool," Bosh said at the start of training camp about that possibility. "I think it's our time now."
The NBA made the change on the ballot due to players such as Bosh and Boston's Kevin Garnett, power forwards who have moved over to center with the NBA now going to small lineups. Also, there has been controversy for years about where San Antonios Tim Duncan, who is listed as a starting forward but in reality plays center, should be put on the All-Star ballot.
Duncan, who had been listed at forward ever since he entered the NBA in 1997, was placed at center on the ballot in 2007-08. But after the voting process started, the NBA decided to move Duncan back to forward and he eventually earned a starting berth.
The aging Duncan, whose streak of playing in 13 straight All-Star Games ended last season, might not be a much of a factor in the voting change this season. But Bosh, whose main challengers for the third frontcourt All-Star berth should be Garnett, Philadelphia center Andrew Bynum and New York forward Amar'e Stoudemire, certainly will be.
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