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DeMar DeRozan falls short in voting for NBA All-Star starters — and the Chicago Bulls forward faces stiff competition for a spot in the game

Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan fell just short of being named an All-Star Game starter for the second straight year and fourth time in his career.

The NBA on Thursday announced the starters for the Feb. 19 showcase in Salt Lake City, and DeRozan didn’t make the cut, ranking sixth among guards in the Eastern Conference. He finished sixth in fan voting, which accounted for 50% of the vote, 10th in media rankings (25%) and fourth in player voting.

DeRozan, 33, entered the Bulls’ 111-96 road loss against the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday averaging 26.2 points, five rebounds and 4.9 assists. In his first season in Chicago in 2021-22, he averaged a career-high 27.9 points while adding 4.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game en route to being a Second Team All-NBA selection.

DeRozan faces stiff competition for his sixth career All-Star selection, including standouts such as Jaylen Brown, James Harden, Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler. Reserves will be announced Thursday.

Eastern Conference starters

  • Captain: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets
  • Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
  • Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
  • Donovan Mitchell, Cleveland Cavaliers

Western Conference starters

  • Captain: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggest
  • Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  • Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks


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