PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — If you were rooting for Joel Embiid to make the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a starter, you can blame the system.
The NBA changed its voting rules so that the fan vote, which once decided the starting lineups, would only count for 50 percent of the vote. Now, the media vote counts for 25 percent as does the vote of current NBA players.READ MORE: Mother Of 6 Stabbed To Death In West Philly Had Protective Order Against Fiance Charged In Her MurderPhilabundance Distributing More Food Than Ever Amid Skyrocketing Prices Caused By Inflation
If it still would have been entirely up to the fans, Embiid would have been a starter along with Kyrie Irving, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Wade and Embiid did not garner enough votes in the other two categories to get in, instead we see Jimmy Butler and DeMar Derozan in those spots.
Embiid thanked all of those who would have voted him in as a starter.MORE NEWS: Darren Arnold Sought For Allegedly Setting Fire To West Philly Home Where 150 Jugs Of Gasoline Were Found
Next week, the All-Star reserves will be announced and Embiid will have a chance to be named to the Eastern Conference bench.