Chicago Bulls Land 5 Players On 2013 NBA All-Star Ballot
Chicago Bulls Have 5 Players Chosen For 2013 NBA All-Star Game
In Keeping with tradition, the NBA has submitted 120 player names to be voted on by the fans for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. Of these 120 names, 60 players represent the eastern Conference and 60 represent the West. These names have been selected by NBA analysts Steve Aschburner, Jonathan Feigen, Doug Smith and Kenny Smith. The All-Star Game w ill be played mid-way through the season, on February 17th in Houston, Texas. The Chicago Bulls look to follow last years strong representation in the All-Star Game where the Bulls sent two players (Derrick rose and Luol Deng) and coach Tom Thibodeau this year after landing five players on the ballot for voting. The Bulls have Kirk Hinrich, Deng, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah representing them this year. Last year, Rose was named as a starter for the first time in his career, while Deng was selected to his first All-Star game in his career. In last years game, Rose scored 14 points in 18 minutes of action, and Deng went scoreless in five minutes of action as he Western Conference beat the East, 152-149. The MVP of the game was Kevin Durant and the high scorers of the game were Durant and LeBron James both with 36 points.
With five players representing the Bulls on the ballot, voters have to consider that they're not voting like they used to. Voting now is based on position. Fans can vote for players under the categories of guards and front court players. Under this new style of voting, the guards would be Hinrich and Deng while Boozer, Gibson and Noah would be considered front court players. Fans will also be treated to the luxury of being able to vote for players via social media like Facebook, Twitter and Mobile Apps as opposed to just texting and paper ballots.
Hinrich is the current starting point guard for the Bulls, and is averaging a low 4.8 points per game. While he competed in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, he has never been selected for an All-Star Game. He would be categorized under the "guards" heading, but an injured hip might keep him off the squad this year.
Deng was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game last year and even though he didn't score in five minutes of action he would love to have another appearance. He is the starting small forward for the Bulls and is averaging 18.2 points per game. He has also played internationally, representing Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics. His categorization is unknown based on his versatility and size.
Boozer is the starting power forward for the Bulls, and is averaging 13.3 points per game. While his numbers are not that impressive, the All-Star game isn't about actual game play. He has appeared in two previous All-Star games, in 2007 and 2008 as well as represented the USA in the Olympics in 2004 and 2008. He would be categorized under front court players, and will have to compete against bigger names such as Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James and Roy Hibbert for a spot on this years squad.
Gibson is in his third year, and has never been selected to an All-Star game before. He played in the Rookie Challenge during the 2010 All-Star break and helped lead the Rookies to a victory over the Sophomores. He is the Bulls back up power forward and is averaging 7.1 points per game. He would be categorized as a front court player.
Noah is in his fifth year with the Bulls and is the starting center. He is averaging 14.5 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game. He has never been selected to an All-Star Game before. The East has always been thin when it comes to big name centers and with the departure of perennial starter Dwight Howard this may be Noah's year to make an appearance.
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