Rose leading All-Star voting; Noah receiving recognition?

Rose leading All-Star voting; Noah receiving recognition?
January 12, 2012, 8:31 pm
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Derrick Rose is well on his way to another All-Star start.

The Bulls superstar has received 640,476 votes, tops among Eastern Conference guards and fourth overall among NBA players.

Dwyane Wade is not far behind with 637,912 votes.

Dwight Howard leads all players with 754,737 votes, but the list behind him is a bit of a surprise.

Joakim Noah, who may be a part of a big-man dilemma with the Bulls, is second in voting for the Eastern Conference centers. Granted, Noah's 75,038 votes is roughly 10 percent of what Howard has received, but the energetic fan favorite has a rather sizable lead over Tyson Chandler (61,774), Joel Anthony (41,832) and others on the list.

LeBron James owns the voting title for Eastern Conference forwards, to no surprise. Luol Deng is seventh on that list and Carlos Boozer is ninth.

Rip Hamilton is eighth among Eastern Conference guards with 36,418 votes despite playing in just five of the Bulls' 12 games so far.

Results will be updated again next Thursday.

Voting will conclude on Jan. 31 and starters will be announced live on TNT Feb. 2, as part of the pregame show prior to the Bulls' matchup with the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York.

All-Star reserves will be announced Feb. 9, again on a special pregame show on TNT.