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Time for Heat fans to state their case: All-Star voting starts today at 1 pm

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Heat Nation, show your passion to the rest of the world and vote for your Heat players.

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Miami Heat fans from the round the world, this includes Slovenia, can vote for their favorite Heat players to be one the 12 selected for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

Each Heat fan can vote for up to 10 players: three frontcourt players and two guards in the Eastern Conference and three frontcourt players and two guards in the Western Conference.

Here's how to vote early and vote often.

  • NBA.com/vote: Fill out one full ballot per day (per day is defined as once every 24 hours) on NBA.com/vote from a desktop or mobile browser.
  • NBA App: Access the ballot and vote through the app, which is available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one full ballot per day
  • Facebook: Post the player’s first and last name along with the hashtag #NBAVOTE on your personal Facebook account. Each post may include only one player’s name. Fans may post votes for 10 unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 15.
  • Twitter: Tweet, retweet or reply with an NBA player’s first and last name or Twitter handle, along with the hashtag #NBAVOTE. Each tweet may include only one player’s name or handle. Fans may vote for 10 unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 15.
  • Google Search: Search “NBA Vote All-Star” or “NBA Vote Team Name” (i.e., NBA Vote HEAT) and use respective voting cards to select teams and then players. Fans may submit votes for 10 unique players per day from Dec. 25 – Jan. 15.
  • Amazon Alexa: To vote via Amazon Alexa, the user must have an Alexa-enabled device, and enable the “NBA All-Star” skill.
  • Sina Weibo and Tencent: To vote on Sina Weibo (weibo.com), the user must have a Sina Weibo account. To vote on Tencent NBA community, the user must have a QQ account.

Full details available at “NBA All-Star Voting 2018 presented by Verizon tips off Dec. 21 with early voting on NBA App and NBA.com.”

NBA has introduced "2-for-1 Days" on five select occasions later on:

Additionally, new for this season, five “2-for-1 Days” will allow fans to have their votes count twice on Dec. 31, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 12 and Jan. 15 when voting through the NBA App and NBA.com, along with Sina Weibo and Tencent in China. All “2-for-1 Days” will be designated 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. ET.

In a perfect world fans choose the best of the best players for each team, but now NBA seems to encourage fans simply to vote for whomever they like. Balloting for the 2016 NBA All-Star game showed how performance wasn’t the only criteria for selection to the team.

Kobe Bryant: “While he has been playing better of late, the 17-time All-Star has been having one of his poorest seasons in the league this year. His team, the Lakers, at five wins and 24 losses, currently boasts the second-worst record in the NBA.”

Kyrie Irving: “Irving fractured his kneecap in last season’s NBA finals and has been out injured ever since. He’s played a total of two games this season. On what basis, then, are the fans selecting him?”

Two years ago a Toronto Raptors broadcaster went over the top so much in promoting Kyle Lowry, by using the term hashtag during a game broadcast, that someone said,

NBA TV's J.E. Skeets, a Raptors fan, quipped: "Surprised that the @Raptors didn't put #NBABallot on the back of Kyle Lowry's jersey tonight."

The voting has almost become a referendum on which team has the most passionate fan base around the world. The Heat have a huge following in the Philippines and loyal ones in Slovenia. Their votes could make a difference in this year’s results for the not-just Miami Heat.

Let's send Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk (??), and whomever else you prefer to Los Angeles as representatives of Heat Nation and Culture. Fans count for 50% of the selection process, so the Heat's voice be heard.

HEAT ROSTER (active)

  • Udonis Haslem (co-captain)
  • Goran Dragic (co-captain)
  • James Johnson (co-captain)
  • Hassan Whiteside
  • Dion Waiters
  • Josh Richardson
  • Kelly Olynyk
  • Justise Winslow
  • Tyler Johnson
  • Wayne Ellington
  • Edrice “Bam” Adebayo
  • Jordan Mickey