Derrick Rose passes Rondo in NBA All-Star Game voting

Per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Derrick Rose moved into second place among Eastern Conference guards
in his bid to become the first Bulls player to start in the NBA
All-Star game since Michael Jordan in 1998.

With 1,225,575
votes, Rose surpassed the Celtics' Rajon Rondo in the fourth returns of
fan voting released Thursday for the Feb. 20 game in Los Angeles.

Dwyane
Wade leads all Eastern guards with 1,499,768 votes. Rondo has
1,171,311. The top two vote-getters start in the game.

Voting
ends Jan. 23 and the starters will be announced Jan. 27.

You can
cast your ballot at bulls.com/votebulls or by texting the player's last
name to 69622.

After being behind Rondo by just about 56,000 votes a few weeks ago, Rose has surpassed him, and now leads Rondo by 54,264 votes.

 
What's even more astonishing is that Rose has a chance at becoming the largest vote-getting guard in the Eastern Conference; he is just  274,193 votes behind Dwyane Wade. That might seem like a lot, but it's certainly doable given there's still nearly two and a half weeks left for voters.

Rose certainly deserves a starting guard spot, he has averaged career-high's in most categories, and has played at an MVP level all season.

Maurice Brooks of ESPN recently had Rose as his number one MVP choice at this point in the season.

While Rondo has been spectacular in his own right, however, he has missed 11 of Boston's 38 games, and he hasn't been nearly as dominant as Rose.

There's no question last weekend's Bulls/Celtics game helped Rose draw in more votes; as Rose clearly outplayed Rondo. Rose had a game-high 36 points, along with 5 rebounds, 2 assists. He shot 10-for-19 from the field and 15-for-19 from the FT line.

Meanwhile Rondo had 13 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Although, he shot 6-for-14 from the field. The difference between the two is enormous in the points department, but Rondo outplayed Rose in rebounds, assists, and steals. So one would think Rondo did it all, while Rose did the scoring. However, that was not the case; Rose had a massive second-half and hit several clutch shots. Rondo was fairly invisible throughout the second half.

It's good to see Rose finally pass up Rondo. He has outplayed Rondo all season and played a much bigger role in getting this Bulls team to a 26-13 record without two main components in Carlos Boozer early on, and Joakim Noah as of late.

Next stop: number one among guard; surpassing Dwyane Wade. Vote early and often, Bulls fans. 

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