CHICAGO — With only 12 days left to vote for this years All-Star team, the cream is rising to the top and we are starting to get a good idea of who will be representing their team in Orlando for the All-Star game.
First of all, if you already thought the All-Star game was enough of a popularity contest, this year is going to take that notion over the top. With a shortened season and little room to prove who is really an All-Star you will see fan favorites in Orlando more so then ever. But that being said, this may be the only excusable year for it.
Derrick Rose is topping the Eastern Conference in votes along with Dwight Howard. But there are other Bulls close to the top. The biggest rally in Chicago since getting Rose to last year’s game is to get Luol Deng to this year’s game.
Deng is having an incredible season and he has really proved his worth in Chicago after years of being a scapegoat. Deng has stepped up in big spots down the stretch of games and has made his mark as a leader when Rose isn’t on the court.
Deng is currently third overall out of all the Small Forwards and sixth overall out of all Forwards in the Eastern Conference.
There is also another Bulls who is notably high on the All-Star list. Joakim Noah is currently second in Centers with nearly 142,000 votes. There is literally on chance he over takes Dwight Howard who right now is leading Noah by 1,020,114 votes.
After the drought the Bulls suffered of not having an All-Star since Micheal Jordan until last year, having three guys in the running to make the team is something to be proud of.
Rose will be the starter for the Eastern Conference come February 26th. But the interesting story leading up will be who else from Chicago joins Rose for All-Star Weekend in Orlando.
Eastern Conference All-Star Voting
- Derrick Rose – Bulls — 1,040,210 votes
- Dwayne Wade – Heat — 972,015 votes
- Rajon Rondo – Celtics — 394,672 votes
- Ray Allen – Celtics — 274,233 votes
- Deron Williams – Nets — 143,941 votes
- Jose Caldeorn – Raptors — 84,881 votes
- Richard Hamilton – Bulls — 64,757 votes
- John Wall – Wizards — 61,610 votes
- Kyrie Irving – Cavilers — 53,300 votes
- Joe Johnson – Hawks — 40,718 votes
- LeBron James – Heat — 972,580 votes
- Carmelo Anthony – Knicks — 779,945 votes
- Amar’e Stoudemire – Knicks — 281,617 votes
- Kevin Garnett – Celtics — 268,980 votes
- Chris Bosh – Heat — 209,640 votes
- Luol Deng – Bulls — 166,671 votes
- Paul Pierce – Celtics — 145,077 votes
- Carlos Boozer – Bulls — 101,612 votes
- Andrea Bargnani – Raptors — 93,456 votes
- Hedo Turkoglu – Magic — 80,694
- Dwight Howard – Magic — 1,161,797 votes
- Joakim Noah – Bulls — 141,683 votes
- Tyson Chandler – Knicks — 107,735 votes
- Joel Anthony – Heat — 67,210 votes
- JaVale McGee – Wizards — 41,249 votes
All-Star voting ends in 12 days. Head over to NBA.com to vote!