For the first time, the 2013 NBA All-Star Ballot will feature just two position choices, guards and frontcourt, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations Stu Jackson has confirmed.

Fans will select two guards and three frontcourt players when choosing the starters for this season’s NBA All-Star Game in Houston, which takes place on February 17. Previously, the ballot featured three positions with fans picking two guards, two forwards and a centre.

The moves ends a long-standing dilemma over whether players such as Tim Duncan should start in their natural position or come off the bench in the game in a secondary position.

“The NBA’s competition committee and the league office agreed that having the centre position as the only specific position singled out on the ballot was outdated and not representative of today’s game or players,” Jackson said.

“Our players have become more versatile each season, and this ballot will more accurately reflect that versatility.”

Last season, Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls became the first British NBA All Star.

The 2013 NBA All-Star Ballot will be unveiled on Tuesday, November 13 during a special event in Houston.

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