My All-Star ballot


OK. This is how it's going to go.

The NBA will announce its All-Star Game starters on Thursday. That makes Wednesday and Friday ideal for debates.

We didn't actually punch a ballot, because the ballots belong to the fans, but the selections below reflect how we would have voted. These are, to me, the five most deserving starters in each conference, based not on popularity but their play to date ... and the positions at which they're listed on the official ballot.

On Friday we'll pick our seven reserves in each conference the same way the coaches do, after seeing the real-life starters and following the guidelines that come from the league office.

Marc Stein is the senior NBA writer for ESPN.com. To e-mail him, click here. Also, click here to send a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.