Fan voting for the 2019 NBA All-Star game concluded Monday night, and the league will reveal the captain and starters from each conference on January 24th. The NBA has been releasing updated voting figures in recent weeks, and there’s a surprising name among the top guards from the Western Conference.
As of January 17th, Stephen Curry led all guards in the West with nearly three million votes. Just behind Steph? Minnesota’s Derrick Rose, who had received nearly 400,000 more votes than James Harden.
Rose won’t automatically lock up a spot as a starter if he finishes in that position. To determine the All-Star Game captains and starters, the weighs fan voting (50 percent) against votes from current NBA players (25 percent) and members of the media (25 percent). NBA coaches determine reserves from each conference.
It seems likely that Harden will leapfrog Rose as a starter – but should Rose even be in All-Star contention in 2019? Let’s take a closer look.
Although the NBA’s new pick-up game format for the All-Star game means the opposing teams feature players from each conference, a total of 12 players from each conference will be selected to the All-Star pool.
Of the 12, a minimum of six players (and a maximum of eight) must be front court players, meaning Rose will – at least – have to be among the top six guards in his conference to earn a selection.
Is the 2011 MVP really a top-six guard in the West?
Here’s the case for Derrick Rose, ignoring the ongoing narrative of his comeback:
- Rose is averaging 19.3 points per game, his highest total since his MVP season, in 29.6 mpg. He’s also shooting 43 percent from behind the arc, the best mark of his career by a wide margin and a 20 percent increase from last year.
- He’s delivered a few throwback moments this season, including a 50-point game against the Jazz and a game-winner against the Suns on Monday.
The case against Derrick Rose:
- The Timberwolves are 22-24 on the season, but in games Rose does not play, the team is 7-3.
- Among all players in the Western Conference, Rose is 23rd in points per game, 21st in assists per game, 77th in steals per game.
- Remember we said Rose has to be a top-six guard in the West? His competition is stacked. To make the team, Rose has to beat out six of these names: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan, Donovan Mitchell, Jrue Holiday, CJ McCollum, Jamal Murray, Devin Booker
Does Derrick Rose deserve a spot on the All-Star team? You make the call.
The case for and against Derrick Rose as an All-Star in 2019.