The first returns of the NBA All-Star fan votings are in, and Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose are ranked first and second in the Western Conference among guards, respectively.
Stephen Curry has received 793,111 votes so far, while Derrick Rose has gotten 698,086.
Stephen Curry is not only one of the best players in the league, but he’s one of the most popular athletes around the world. With over 13 million followers on Twitter, Curry’s reach is global.
Derrick Rose, meanwhile, is having a resurgence in Minnesota this season and, like Curry, has fans all over the world. Rose is the youngest MVP in NBA history and scored a career-high 50 points on Halloween this season against the Utah Jazz.
In 27 games this season for the Warriors, Stephen Curry is averaging 28.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. The two-time MVP and three-time NBA champion is shooting 48.7 percent from the floor, 45.2 percent from beyond the arc and 91.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Curry has made the All-Star team five times in his playing career and he’s well on his way to making his sixth. Curry will likely start alongside Houston Rockets guard James Harden in the backcourt.
Rose is a three-time All-Star, but hasn’t made the All-Star team since 2012 because of injuries. The 30-year-old Chicago native is averaging 18.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists this year and shooting 48.6 percent overall and 46.2 percent from the 3-point line.
#Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose also appears to be well on his way to getting back in the #NBAAllStar game. He's No. 2 among backcourt players in the West All-Star voting with 698,086 votes behind only the #Warriors' Stephen Curry (793,111).
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) January 3, 2019