Derrick Rose may have left the Bulls years ago, but it appears he still has the support of Bulls fans when it comes to All-Star voting.
The NBA revealed the first returns on voting for this year's All-Star Game and the Timberwolves guard is second among Western Conference guards in voting. That means he's ahead of Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Only Steph Curry has received more votes at that position.
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Rose is averaging 18.9 points, 4.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game for Tom Thibodeau's Timberwolves. That is his highest scoring average since the 2011-12 season and his highest assists per game average since 2014-15.
While Rose is having a resurgent season that included a career-high 50-point game on Halloween, his numbers don't necessarily support an All-Star bid over the likes of Westbrook and Harden. This is what happens when Rose has multiple fan bases voting for him.
In Rose's recent return to the United Center, he received MVP chants from Bulls fans while he was at the free throw line in a game the Timberwolves were comfortably winning. Apparently Bulls fans are also helping him get into the All-Star Game.
Fans account for 50 percent of the vote to the determine the starting lineup for the game in Charlotte. All current NBA players and a media panel each account for an additional 25 percent of the vote.
Another former Bull and native Chicagoan, Dwyane Wade, is second among Eastern Conference guards in voting.
While the two former Bulls could wind up guarding each other to the start the All-Star Game, current Bulls guard Zach LaVine is seventh among guards in the Eastern Conference.
While this will likely change with further voting and the other 50 percent still to be added in, if the starting lineup were picked based off this voting the starting fives would look like this:
Guards: Rose, Curry
Frontcourt: LeBron James, Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant
Guards: Kyrie Irving, Wade
Frontcourt: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid