Lowe: The most difficult NBA All-Star ballot of the past decade

    Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print.

It’s time for the agonizing exercise of picking 12 NBA All-Stars for each conference. Rules:

• I follow the same format as fans and media in voting starters, and coaches in choosing reserves. I had an official ballot for the starters. Coaches have more leeway with positions in picking reserves. Their ballots were due Monday. Any reserve picks in the media don’t actually count.

• I usually focus on production in each particular season, but that was trickier this time. Starter ballots were due when most teams had played between 25 and 30 games. Lots of candidates missed time due to injuries and coronavirus protocols. Samples are smaller, choices blurrier.

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