Rose leading All-Star voting; Noah receiving recognition?


Rose leading All-Star voting; Noah receiving recognition?

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.

Three Things to Watch: Bulls take on Suns


Three Things to Watch: Bulls take on Suns

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the Phoenix Suns Sunday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. Something's got to give

What's the opposite of an unstoppable force vs. an immovable object? That's what we'll be looking at when the Bulls have the ball in their hands. Chicago ranks dead last in offensive efficiency, while the Suns have the 2nd worst defensive efficiency in the NBA. That means the Bulls, after scoring a season-high 123 points against the Hornets, can build on that momentum against a Suns defense that allowed 90 points in the FIRST HALF to the Rockets on Thursday.

2. Kris Dunn for real?

Fresh off the best game of his young career - he scored 22 points in a win over the Hornets on Friday - Kris Dunn continues to look like the best point guard on the Bulls roster. He's going through a really solid stretch right now, averaging 13.2 points on 47 percent shooting, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals over his last four games. With Eric Bledsoe out of Phoenix, Dunn could be in line for another big game going up against Mike James and Tyler Ulis, regardless of whether or not he starts over Jerian Grant.

3. Watch out for Devin Booker

We'll try to get an opponent in here once for every tune-in, and Devin Booker certainly fits the bill. Much like Dunn is doing, Booker is on quite a roll these days. Over his last four games Booker is averaging 30.5 points on 51 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. The Bulls will need to keep their eyes on Booker at all times, especially after allowing Kemba Walker to go off for 47 points on Friday.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?


Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson react to a breakout game from Kris Dunn against the Hornets Friday night. They’ll discuss his development and how it impacts rookie Lauri Markkanen. Plus just how long will both the Wolves and Bulls be judged on the Jimmy Butler trade? Is Dwight Howard a hall of famer? And a new era in Philly with Simmons and Embiid. That and more on this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast.