Rose, Deng, Noah among top All-Star vote-getters

Rose, Deng, Noah among top All-Star vote-getters
December 12, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Mark Strotman

Derrick Rose may be out for the season, but his fans are as active as ever.

The NBA revealed its first returns on All-Star Game voting, and Rose is ranked third among Eastern Conference backcourt players with more than 272,000 votes. Of all players, his tallies rank 13th in the league, despite him not having played since Nov. 23. Rose will miss the entire season after having surgery to repair his torn right meniscus.

In 2012 Rose received the third-most votes (more than 1.5 million) in the NBA on the way to his second career start in the exhibition. Rose also was named a starter in 2011 with more than 1.9 million votes, trailing only Dwight Howard, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Eastern Conference polling

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But Rose wasn't the only member of the Bulls receiving votes. 2013 All-Stars Luol Deng and Joakim Noah ranked seventh and ninth, respectively, in Eastern Conference frontcourt balloting. Neither started but were both voted in by coaches as reserves last year. It was Noah's first appearance and Deng's second (2012). Noah has received more than 75,000 votes and Deng has received more than 54,000 votes.

Deng has missed the last three games with a sore Achilles and calf, but his numbers are certainly on pace for him to make a third straight All-Star Game. In 17 games, Deng is averaging career-highs in points (19.4), rebounds (7.1) and assists (4.2). He's shooting 46 percent from the field and a career-best 82 percent from the charity stripe and has again taken on an even larger role with Rose's absence. In fact, Deng, Minnesota's Kevin Love and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant are the only three players averaging at least 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game.

Noah, who missed a large portion of the preseason resting an injured groin, has come on strong after a slow start. In his last seven games, Noah has averaged 11 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks in 36 minutes per game.

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Carlos Boozer, a two-time All-Star in 2007 and 2008, is 12th in Eastern Conference frontcourt voting with more than 48,000 votes. In his 12th NBA season, the 32-year-old Boozer has averaged 15.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in nearly 31 minutes per game.

Voting ends Jan. 20, and results will be announced Jan. 23 on TNT. Here's how the Eastern Conference voting has gone thus far:

Frontcourt

1. LeBron James (Mia) 609,336
2. Paul George (Ind) 489,335
3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 424,211
4. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 208,369
5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 156,364
6. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 102,825
7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 75,229
8. Jeff Green (Bos) 55,912
9. Luol Deng (Chi) 54,340
10. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 51,738
11. Andre Drummond (Det) 51,351
12. Carlos Boozer (Chi) 48,745
13. Paul Pierce (BKN) 45,145
14. Brook Lopez (BKN) 37,153
15. Josh Smith (Det) 32,025

Backcourt 

1. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 396,279
2. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 365,712
3. Derrick Rose (Chi) 272,410
4. John Wall (Was) 124,851
5. Ray Allen (Mia) 99,464
6. Rajon Rondo (Bos) 80,889
7. Deron Williams (BKN) 44,282
8. George Hill (Ind) 42,536
9. Evan Turner (Phi) 33,605
10. Mario Chalmers (Mia) 32,996