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Fans now completely free to pick All-Star starters as all NBA players now part of balloting pool

By Ivan Saldajeno

In a huge development for the 2015 NBA All-Star Ballot, the league moved to include all the active players in the pool.

Fans will now have a chance to choose which players they really want to comprise the ten starters for the All-Star Game in February at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

"Our choice to include all NBA players is both a tribute to their skills and achievements, and another way to engage our fans in the full experience of NBA All-Star by giving them every option," Rob Thorn, NBA's president for basketball operations, explained.

Prior to this, the media had a first hand in choosing the players who deserve an All-Star appearance by shortlisting the players into a group of 24 guards and 36 frontline players, 12 and 18 respectively for each conference.

Once the 60 players have been revealed, the fans will then vote for the starters.

The pool expansion will give the players who tend to get snubbed in the media shortlist a chance to make the All-Stars.

Voting begins on December 11.