Detroit Pistons’ Derrick Rose surging up 2020 NBA All-Star fan voting

Detroit Pistons Derrick Rose. (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Detroit Pistons Derrick Rose. (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Derrick Rose continues to prove his popularity. The Detroit Pistons guard has reached 1 million fan votes for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.

Derrick Rose‘s popularity stems from past accomplishments and he’s had many cheering him on during his comeback tour from his ACL injury, and it shows in his best season since.

The guard, in his first season with the Detroit Pistons, is playing at a level that matches his last All-Star appearance. And when the third returns on All-Star fan voting came out on Thursday, Rose eclipsed the 1 million mark, ranking fourth among Eastern Conference guards.

His 1,381,934 votes sit behind leader Trae Young, who is the third guard to reach 2 million votes with a total of 2,066,924. Between Rose and Young are Kyrie Irving (1.815 million votes) and Kemba Walker (1.798 million votes).

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Rose has been electrifying for a fan base that has had little to cheer for, except for the recent arrival of rookie Sekou Doumbouya. Rose has a career-best 41.8% assist rate. He also has a 21.8 Player Efficiency Rating, which is slightly behind his 23.0 PER in the 2011-12 All-Star season.

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The numbers speak for themselves. Fans, which account for 50% of the All-Star decision, agree that Rose should play in the All-Star Game. Plus it’s in his hometown of Chicago, and he’ll already be there for the NBA Skills Challenge.

Rose’s most recent stretch of games is adding to his All-Star candidacy. Over a six-game stretch, he scored at least 20 points, which tied Jerry Stackhouse for the longest streak since 1970-71. Doing so in five straight games was the first time since 2012 – the last All-Star season he had.

There’s not much more that Rose can do, especially as a reserve. Adjusting his numbers per 100 possessions match that of the 2011-12 season.

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His exceptional play has been exciting. Fans will continue to enjoy his play and, specifically for Pistons fans, will provide a light in a rather forgettable season.