All-NBA teams will now be positionless and have a strict games played threshold.
The NBA’s recently finalized Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) began on July 1st, 2023. Two of the largest and most noticeable changes in the new CBA revolve around All-NBA voting and impact how the All-NBA teams are formed, as well as who can qualify for them.
More specifically, All-NBA selections must meet a certain games played threshold to qualify and voting will now be positionless, opposed to the previous G/G/F/F/C setup for voting. This drastically changes who will make which All-NBA teams in the future and would have drastically changed the All-NBA teams for the 2022-2023 season.
Digging a bit deeper into the new CBA rules for All-NBA voting, players can now only be voted for if they played in 65+ games (only counting games where players play 20+ minutes). The one exception to this is if a player suffers a season-ending injury towards the end of the year, they only need 62+ games played with the same minutes played caveat.
As for the positionless voting, NBA ballots will not need to be entered with a certain number of centers, guards, wings, forward, etc. and voters are essentially just putting their top 15 qualified players into three tiers. Under the currently constructed rules and voting, the 2022-2023 All-NBA teams would have looked very different. Up next is how.