Rose, Noah finish top 10 in All-Star Game voting

Rose, Noah finish top 10 in All-Star Game voting
January 24, 2014, 9:00 am
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Mark Strotman

Derrick Rose hasn't played since Nov. 22, but you wouldn't know it from the All-Star voting process.

Despite season-ending knee surgery that limited him to just 10 games this season, Rose received nearly 360,000 fan votes, which ranked fourth among Eastern Conference backcourt players. He trailed starters Dwyane Wade (929,542 votes) and Kyrie Irving (860,221 votes), as well as John Wall (393,129 votes). Rose's votes were more than Ray Allen (250,909 votes), Rajon Rondo (174,654 votes) and Lance Stephenson (148,382 votes), who ranked fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in the backcourt voting.

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Rose started the 2012 All-Star Game after receiving more than 1.5 million votes, third most behind Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, his second straight start and third straight appearance in the exhibition.

Rose averaged 15.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 10 games.

Joakim Noah garned 181,145 votes, seventh most among Eastern Conference frontcourt players. He trailed starters LeBron James (1,416,419 votes), Paul George (1,211,318 votes) and Carmelo Anthony (935,702 votes), as well as Roy Hibbert, Chris Bosh and Kevin Garnett. For the first time, players were not grouped into guards, forwards and centers, likely hurting Noah's chances of starting, though Hibbert, Bosh and Garnett all likely would have qualified as centers.

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Noah was voted by the 15 Eastern Conference coaches as a reserve last season, and there's a good chance he makes his second straight trip when the rest of the rosters are announced on Jan. 30.

Noah ranks seventh in rebounds per game (11.4) and is one of four players averaging a double-double in points and rebounds and at least three assists per game (Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, both named Western Conference starters, and Paul Gasol are the other three).

After a groin injury limited him in the season's first month, Noah has been nothing short of spectacular the last two months. Since Dec. 1, Noah is averaging 13.5 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists to go with 1.3 steals and 1.6 blocks. He's put his name into the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year and has carried the Bulls without Rose.

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Former Bulls forward Luol Deng, who was traded to Phoenix earlier this month, finished with 121,754 votes, 10th among frontcourt players. His streak of two straight All-Star Game appearances may be in doubt based on the votes he received, but there's a chance the Eastern Conference voters take note of his career-highs in points (19.0) and assists (3.7) at the time of his trade to the Cavaliers.

Carlos Boozer, a two-time All-Star, finished 12th in frontcourt voting with more than 103,000 votes.

Including Deng, who received the majority of his votes while with the Bulls, Chicago was one of five teams to have four players listed among the top-25 vote-getters (15 frontcourt, 10 backcourt).

Houston (5): Dwight Howard (4th, FC), Chandler Parsons (13th, FC), Omer Asik (14th, FC), Jeremy Lin (4th, BC), James Harden (5th, BC)
Indiana (5): Paul George (2nd, FC), Roy Hibbert (5th, FC), David West (13th, FC), Lance Stephenson (7th, BC), George Hill (9th, BC)
Chicago (4): Joakim Noah (7th, FC), Luol Deng (10th, FC), Carlos Boozer (12th, FC), Derrick Rose (4th, BC)
Miami (4): LeBron James (1st, FC), Chris Bosh (5th, FC), Dwyane Wade (1st, BC), Ray Allen (5th, BC)
Golden State (4): Andre Iguodala (8th, FC), Andrew Bogut (15th, FC), Stephen Curry (1st, BC), Klay Thompson (9th, BC)