The first round of All-Star Game voting has been released and the New York Knicks had some interesting results.
Most surprising was the inclusion of Derrick Rose in ninth among Eastern Conference guards.
While this is just fan voting, and only has slight implications for the actual All-Star Game roster, it is still interesting to see.
Rose has played in just 26 games this season and is averaging 5.8 points per game, a career low.
However, Rose is a fan favorite among people following the NBA.
His story is a sad one, as a once thriving MVP career was cut short by leg injuries.
There was a time when Rose was the premier athlete in basketball.
Derrick Rose's athleticism when he came into the league was just unreal man. pic.twitter.com/w0H0fohNJ5
— AJ King (@allday_ajking) January 5, 2023
His drives to the lane were more explosive than nearly every other player in the league.
In his second season, he was selected to his first career All-Star Game.
The next year he was chosen as league MVP.
However, in the following season, he suffered his first ACL tear.
This kept him out of the entire 2012-13 season, before he was finally able to make his return the next season.
His injury woes didn’t end there, as early in the 2013 season he suffered an MCL tear.
After working his way back from that, Rose was a solid player but never reached the same level.
He bounced around with different teams, including a one-year stint with the Knicks in 2016.
Finally, he found his way back to New York via a trade in the 2020-21 season.
Derrick Rose ULTRA smooth 🌹 pic.twitter.com/Wcas4mETqy
— KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) January 1, 2023
With the Knicks, he has largely served a bench role.
While he is a beloved player, he certainly isn’t deserving of an All-Star Game vote this year and it is surprising to see his name on the board.