Joining Howard in the Eastern Conference starting lineup at forward are the Miami Heat's LeBron James (2,053,011), the 2006 and 2008 All-Star Game MVP, and the New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire (1,674,995). The starters for the East at guard are the Heat's Dwyane Wade (2,048,175), last year's All-Star Game MVP, and the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose (1,914,996), who earns his first All-Star Game start. James and Wade are the first set of teammates to start an All-Star Game for the Eastern Conference since Wade and Shaquille O'Neal represented the Heat in 2007 in Las Vegas.
Although it was clear Derrick Rose was going to be named an All-Star starter from the get-go, it was very exciting to see him named officially.
Rose, averaging 24.6 points per game, 8.1 assists per game, and 4.6 rebounds per game, has been a leading candidate for the MVP award thus far this season, and has definitely been the best point guard in the guard-heavy East.
Rose has been trailing fellow Eastern Conference guard Rajon Rondo for most of the voting process, but thanks to a late surge, he overcame and nearly surpassed leading vote-getter at guard, Dwyane Wade.
Joining Rose in the Eastern Conference lineup will be Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Dwight Howard. A legit case can be made for either of those players for the MVP award. That's one stacked lineup.
Just another tid-bit on Rose's NBA All-Star game selection: he is the first Bull to start in the All-Star game since Michael Jordan did it back in 1998.
There's more where this came from, that's for sure.