The NBA released its third returns for All-Star balloting Thursday,
and Derrick Rose remains third in Eastern Conference voting for guards
behind Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.
Wade is at 1,167,649 votes, while Rondo has 929,781. Rose has closed
his gap on Rondo, garnering 917,753 votes. The top two vote-getters earn
starting nods, while coaches select All-Star reserves for the Feb. 20
game in Los Angeles.
Rose is certain to make his second straight All-Star appearance. The
only question remains if he is voted in as a starter.
your All-Star ballot visit nba.com.
Although Rose is still 3rd among guards, behind Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, it's good to see he's gained quite a bit of ground on Rondo.
When the last returns came a couple weeks ago, Rose was trailing Rondo by about 56,000 votes. But he's tightened up the voting and he's trailing Rondo by just 12,028, which really isn't much at all. Only the top 2 vote getting guards make it as starters, so Bulls fans and Derrick Rose fans still have work to do.
I agree Wade deserves to be voted ahead of Rose -- his brand is
simply bigger right now and he's a perennial All-Star -- but for Rondo
to be ahead of Rose is astonishing. Rondo has missed 11 of Boston's 34
games, and although he leads the NBA in assists, he doesn't produce as
much as Rose does night in, night out.
Rose is a lock for the
ASG, but as K.C. points out, it's just a matter of if he's going to be a
starter or reserve. It's unbelievable Chicago's letting their homegrown
product, who's putting up MVP numbers, lose an ASG voting to a Boston
player. Although Boston is a big market, too, it's not at the level of
Chicago. At least that's my opinion.
It's very easy to vote fans,
just go to NBA.com; they have put
several ads, making it very simple to cast your vote.
into that ASG, as a starter!