According to reports, Google has partnered with the NBA to power All-Star Game voting, meaning Brooklyn Nets fans can use the search platform to vote.
While the Brooklyn Nets haven’t had an All-Star in five years and haven’t had a starter elected to the game for more than a decade, fans will have a new way to vote for their favorite players this year.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the NBA is partnering with search powerhouse Google for the voting to elect the starters for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, to be played Feb. 19 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.
Per a new multiyear agreement between the NBA and Google, fans will be able to vote via Google search, the Google Assistant or on the NBA app and at NBA.com.
Voting will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern on Christmas Day, just before the slate of five NBA games tips off that day and will continue through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Day, when 11 games will be played — incluiding the Nets hosting the Sacramento Kings at Barclays Center for an afternoon matinee.
There will also be five 2-for-1 Days in the voting period, where fans will have their votes counted twice on Jan. 3-4, Jan. 10-11 and the final day on Jan. 21 on all voting platforms.
All-Star Game starters will be revealed, along with the two captains — the leading vote-getters in the Eastern and Western conferences, respectively — during TNT NBA Tip-Off on Jan. 24.
Starters will be chosen by fans, who will account for 50 percent of the vote, with current players voting accounting for 25 percent. The other 25 percent will come from voting from a media panel. This is the third straight year for this voting format.
Throughout the voting period, fans can submit one full ballot daily through each voting platform, with all current NBA players eligible for selection. A full ballot consists of two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference.
Besides voting at NBA.com/vote or via the NBA app, fans will be able to vote on Google.com by searching “NBA Vote” or “NBA All-Star Vote” or just by searching for the name of your favorite player or team.
Google Assistant voting can be triggered by saying, “Google, talk to NBA All-Star.” Voting via Google platforms is limited to 10 unique players daily.