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Will Rose be Bulls' lone All-Star again?

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Will Rose be Bulls' lone All-Star again?

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. The entire Bulls starting lineup point guard Derrick Rose, shooting guard Rip Hamilton, small forward Luol Deng, power forward Carlos Boozer and center Joakim Noah made the Eastern Conference NBA All-Star Game ballot, the league announced Wednesday.

The inclusion of all five starters shows how much higher in stature the Bulls, coming off a season in which they won a league-high 62 regular-season games have risen.

However, its highly unlikely that all five players will be selected to play in the game, let alone be starters.

Rose, the reigning league MVP, is a lock to be a starter for a second consecutive year, and it wouldnt be a shock to see him challenge to be the NBAs highest vote-getter in fan balloting.

Noah might be the next most popular Bull in Chicago, but his lack of gaudy statistics probably will prevent him from making the game, although he was in line to make his first All-Star appearance last season, until injuries sidelined him.

Boozer, a polarizing figure in Chicago and throughout the league, is also an unlikely candidate for the game, despite being a former All-Star in the Western Conference.

Hamilton, another former All-Star, isnt likely to put up statistics worthy of candidacy in his first season with the Bulls, not to mention the fact that the veterans best years could be behind him.

That leaves Deng, whose strong start to the campaign, following arguably his best all-around professional season, could garner nominations from the leagues coaches, although the fans probably wont vote him in as a starter, due to his lack of NBA-wide name recognition.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau stumped for Deng to make both the All-Star Game and the leagues all-defensive team last season to little success, but with a Coach of the Year award under his belt, perhaps hell have more sway this time around.

Furthermore, after the teams successful 2010-11 campaign, in which Rose was Chicagos lone All-Star, Deng could be the second All-Star player on one of the leagues consensus upper-echelon teams.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and draft impact on the Bulls

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and draft impact on the Bulls

Mark Schanowski is joined by Will Perdue and Mark Strotman to preview the NBA draft.

0:50       Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and expectations for the Lakers

3:20       What’s next for the Lakers?

4:15       Is the ‘3-star’ approach the right way to win a title?

6:55       Were Bulls even close to trading Zach LaVine? Would a trade for Ball have been a positive?

10:45    On the best type of point guard to pair with LaVine and rumors on Darius Garland

14:08    Would Coby White be a good fit for the Bulls?

16:55    On the potential wings available at 7

18:50    Perdue on Reddish upside

19:35    Concern over the ‘low-motor’ red flag with Reddish, are Bulls able to take a risk?

22:30    On finding a point guard in free agency

24:10    Predictions for Bulls at 7

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Seven Cubs in line to advance to next round of MLB All-Star Game voting

Seven Cubs in line to advance to next round of MLB All-Star Game voting

In the second and final update before the first round of voting closes, the Cubs are still all over All-Star Game voting.

It’s basically status quo in the update. Willson Contreras and Javy Baez are still blowing away the field at their positions, with more than twice as many votes as the closest player.

Kris Bryant remains solidly in second at third base. Anthony Rizzo fell to third behind Freddie Freeman of the Braves, but he is still comfortably ahead of Max Muncy of the Dodgers for the top three spot that will advance him to MLB’s new Starters Election.

All three Cubs outfielders are set to advance as well. Albert Almora Jr. moved up from fifth to fourth and Jason Heyward moved up from seventh to fifth. Interestingly, Bryce Harper is the odd man out, for now, sitting 10th among NL outfielders.

That gives the Cubs seven players set to advance to the Starters Election. Voting for this round closes Friday at 3 p.m. CT. The Starters Election features the top three at each individual position and top nine among outfielders.

 

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