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Commissioner Adam Silver looking to introduce ‘positionless’ All-NBA selections

After MVP runner-up Joel Embiid did not make the All-NBA First Team, commissioner Adam Silver indicated they may ditch fixed positions.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 02: NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media prior to Game One of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics at Chase Center on June 02, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver revealed the league was exploring alterations to the rules on All-NBA team selections.

The NBA’s tactical transformation since the implementation of the defensive three-second rule has created a recruiting need for skill over true size, translating into a more fluid style of basketball.

Meanwhile, Joel Embiid has finished second in MVP voting but has missed out on All-NBA First Team selection, due to both being centers.

In his annual news conference before the start of the NBA Finals, Silver said the league was looking at adapting to transforming circumstances.

“I think we’re a league that has moved increasingly towards positionless basketball,” Silver said Thursday in San Francisco, in his annual press conference at the start of the NBA Finals. “The current system may result in some inequities just based on the happenstance of what your position is.

“It’s something that we will discuss with the players’ association because it has an impact on incentives in players’ contracts.”

The NBA allowed 100 media members to vote for Jokic or Embiid as forwards, but it failed to remedy given neither could be considered as such in the traditional sense.


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