It appears as if Derrick Rose’s star continues to rise, even outside of Chicago. In the most recent release of the NBA fan voting for the All-Star game, Rose passed Boston’s Rajon Rondo into the staring lineup.
Other Bulls’ players that received votes were Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah.
Not since Michael Jordan, in 1998, has a Bulls player started in an NBA All-Star Game. All that could change this year with Rose taking the next step and getting more national attention. Rose is tied for 7th in the NBA with 24.1 points per game, and is 9th in the NBA with 8.1 assists per game.
To help elect Rose as an All-Star starter, the Bulls and Adidas will be passing out Rose All-Star campaign placards to all 22,000 plus expected fans at Saturday’s home game against the Miami Heat. The get-out-the-vote signs will be placed on every seat at the United Center that evening. Additionally, red roses will be distributed to all Courtside seats to promote All-Star voting.
Fans can vote daily and often for their favorite Bulls players like Rose at Bulls.com/votebulls, in arena, through their mobile phones by texting the player’s last name (ROSE, NOAH, DENG, or BOOZER) to 6-9-6-2-2 (“MYNBA”) or by visiting m.nba.com on any wireless carrier.
Paper balloting at NBA arenas will continue through Jan. 17, while wireless and SMS balloting, and voting at Bulls.com/votebulls will conclude Jan. 23. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Jan. 27.
2011 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING
Forwards: LeBron James (Mia) 1,518,807; Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 1,143,391; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 1,049,544; Paul Pierce (Bos) 578,473; Chris Bosh (Mia) 427,551; Carlos Boozer (Chi) 320,661; Josh Smith (Atl) 280,158; Danilo Gallinari (NYK) 259,619; Danny Granger (Ind) 201,653; Luol Deng (Chi) 191,312.
Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,499,768; Derrick Rose (Chi) 1,225,575; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 1,171,311; Ray Allen (Bos) 630,588; John Wall (Was) 260,893; Brandon Jennings (Mil) 254,614; Raymond Felton (NYK) 246,208; Gilbert Arenas (Orl) 240,586; Jamal Crawford (Atl) 163,971, Darren Collison (Ind) 156,230.
Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,537,619; Shaquille O’Neal (Bos) 639,661; Joakim Noah (Chi) 291,107; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 245,253; Al Horford (Atl) 193,449; Roy Hibbert (Ind) 183,092; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 162,364; Brook Lopez (NJ) 125,022; JaVale McGee (Was) 106,710; Ben Wallace (Det) 79,017.
2011 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING
Forwards: Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,270,729; Carmelo Anthony (Den) 945,720; Pau Gasol (LAL) 851,456; Blake Griffin (LAC) 702,784; Tim Duncan (SA) 663,487; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 615,243; Lamar Odom (LAL) 364,950; Luis Scola (Hou) 347,986; Kevin Love (Min) 301,529; Caron Butler (Dal) 205,146.
Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,757,216; Chris Paul (NOH) 949,049; Manu Ginobili (SA) 593,718; Steve Nash (Pho) 522,215; Deron Williams (Utah) 487,887; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 463,250; Tony Parker (SA) 355,993; Jason Kidd (Dal) 303,164; Vince Carter (Pho) 277,430; Kevin Martin (Hou) 266,037.
Centers: Yao Ming (Hou) 928,928; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 660,576; Nene (Den) 389,263; Marc Gasol 352,136; Emeka Okafor (NOH) 317,677; Brendan Haywood (Dal) 276,777; Marcus Camby (Por) 201,133; Chris Kaman (LAC) 165,684; Andris Biedrins (GS) 126,567; DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 110,230.