Despite Injury, D. Rose Third in Backcourt Voting for ASG

Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng also received a significant number of votes in the first All-Star balloting returns

The NBA released their first All-Star voting returns on Thursday, and all four of the Chicago Bulls players represented on the ballot have received a significant number of votes.

Despite his injuries, Derrick Rose received 272,410 votes, which is good enough for third place in backcourt player voting behind overall leader Dwyane Wade (396,279) of the Miami Heat, and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.

In the frontcourt player voting, Joakim Noah sat in seventh place with 75,229 votes, while Luol Deng was in ninth place with 54,340 votes and Carlos Boozer in 12th with 48,745 votes.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat leads all players with 609,336 votes, and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers is second in the Eastern Conference with 489,335 votes. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder leads the Western Conference with 607,407 votes, while Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers – who just returned to the court after his Achilles injury late last season – is in second place with 501,215 votes.

Chicago native Anthony Davis of the host New Orleans Pelicans, is currently in sixth place in frontcourt voting with 149,579.

Balloting concludes on Jan. 20, starters will be announced on Jan. 23, and the 63rd NBA All-Star Game will take place at New Orleans Arena on Feb. 16.

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