Bulls' LaVine 5th Among East Guards In All-Star Voting

Zach LaVine's most likely path to the All-Star Game is as a reserve.

670 The Score Staff
January 02, 2020 - 2:03 pm
Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) dribbles the ball against Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6).

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(670 The Score) The Bulls' Zach LaVine checked in fifth among Eastern Conference guards as the first round of All-Star voting returns was released Thursday.

LaVine drew 174,991 votes, trailing the Hawks' Trae Young (443,412), the Nets' Kyrie Irving (432,481), the Celtics' Kemba Walker (432,031) and the Pistons' Derrick Rose (233,669). No other Bulls player landed among the top 10 in All-Star voting.

The top two finishers in the backcourt and the top three in the frontcourt will be named All-Star starters. Fan voting accounts for 50% of the equation, while players and media also account for for 25% each.

Given that LaVine trails the top three by so many votes, his likely path to reach the All-Star Game is to be selected as a reserve. Coaches select the reserves, while NBA commissioner Adam Silver is responsible for naming injury replacements. Irving has battled a shoulder injury for much of this season, so it's possible he may not play.

LaVine is averaging 23.4 points, which ranks 17th in the NBA and sixth in the Eastern Conference. He's also adding 4.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

The All-Star Game will be hosted by the United Center and Chicago in mid-February.