Detroit Pistons: Derrick Rose, Andre Drummond not named 2020 All-Star starters

Detroit Pistons Derrick Rose and Andre Drummond share a laugh with Johnny Kane. (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)
Detroit Pistons Derrick Rose and Andre Drummond share a laugh with Johnny Kane. (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The 2020 NBA All-Star starters were announced Thursday afternoon and neither Detroit Pistons Derrick Rose or Andre Drummond were named.

Neither Derrick Rose or Andre Drummond will represent the Detroit Pistons at the 2020 NBA All-Star game, at least not to start the game.

The NBA announced the All-Star starters for the game in Chicago on Feb. 16. Rose, a native Chicagoan, benefitted from a fan vote boost, ranking as the fourth-highest guard in the Eastern Conference.

However, the players, which account for 25% of the vote, had him as seventh and the media, the other 25% of the vote, voted him sixth. The fan vote made up 50% of the votes.

Drummond was eighth overall among Eastern Conference frontcourt members, and third against traditional centers Joel Embiid and Bam Adebayo. The centers are grouped with wings and power forwards. Drummond was seventh among media votes, eighth with his peers and 10th in the fan vote.

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The five Eastern Conference starters are Trae Young, Kemba Walker, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pascal Siakam and Joel Embiid. The five Western Conference starters are Luka Doncic, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and LeBron James.

Of course, the NBA changed the model for the 2019 All-Star Game where two captains are selected, one representing the West and one the East. The two captains – this year it’s Antetokounmpo and James – will alternate selections to fill out the lineups.

Here is how the votes ended up.

The fan element was a strong case for Rose to make the All-Star Game in his hometown. But he’s also playing his best ball since the 2011-12 season, when he eventually tore his ACL after earning an All-Star bid.

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If Rose doesn’t make it in as a reserve, being denied his fourth All-Star appearance, he will still be a part of the festivities. He was selected to participate in the Skills Challenge, in which he’ll be able to showcase his speed, passing, ball-handling and shooting in a bracketed format.

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Drummond has made two All-Star appearances in his career. He’s looking for a third straight rebounding title and fourth in five years. He started off averaging a career-high in scoring but has since dwindled to match last season’s scoring average of 17.3 points per game. Still, his assist numbers are the second-highest of his career and he’s averaging 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.

His case for a third All-Star appearance has been made. Though it’s unlikely the Pistons land both players in a reserve roles, one may not be as far-fetched.

Seven players from each conference will be named as reserves and will be selected by the NBA coaches. They will be announced on TNT on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

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