Surprisingly, yes. Yes he does. I decided to write in an article on this topic and going into it I thought there's no way Rose deserves to be an all-star. You figure you just watch a guy and if someone says all-star? You can immediately say "yes" or "no", and my response to that was "no", but then I took a look at the competition.
First, the automatic spots:
Dwyane Wade - Obviously he deserves it
Allen Iverson - He steals a spot from someone who deserves one, but if he didn't it'd go to Vince Carter who'd also be stealing it from someone who deserves one.
Now you've got probably three guard spots left to fill.
Joe Johnson - no duh
After that, Derrick might be next.
Vince Carter has vastly underperformed for a struggling Orlando team only shooting 38% from the field. If this guy makes it in by coaches vote then the coaches are a sham. Especially given how he quits on his team all the time.
Rajon Rondo is a consideration, but he's only scoring 14, and he's still the third or fourth option on the team, and the Celtics have struggled mightily with KG out which I think hurts his case considerably given that as a 2nd 3rd wheel he's only getting his team to play mediocre. How good would the Bulls be with KG? Probably as good as the Celtics.
Mo Williams has more efficient numbers, but he's playing wingman to God, and he already got one all-star appearance in that role, shouldn't that be enough? I mean is Mo Williams really all-star worthy on any other team?
Jamal Crawford's put together a nice season, but like Rondo/Williams, he's a role player on his team not a focal point.
Stephen Jackson might be the next best choice but he's doing it more with volume than efficiency [though same could be said for Rose], but he's not contributing as much in other areas.
You can poke holes in Derrick Rose's game, but at the end of the day, he's basically got equivalent or better numbers than all the other guards, and he's the undeniable focal point of his team. No guard in the east outside of Wade/Johnson can say that.
That's right. For all my squeamishness in embracing Rose as a star player, when I sit back and look at it, he's the third best guard in the conference this year. The Eastern conference talent doesn't stack up that well at guard compared to the west [Kobe, Paul, Roy, Williams, Nash, Billups, Parker, Manu, etc.. ], but Derrick deserves his spot in the East for sure.
If he misses it, Bulls fans will have a legitimate gripe about ending their all-star drought.