Bulls Pau Gasol narrowly misses being voted as an NBA All-Star starter
CHICAGO – It’s been a rough 24 hours from one of the Bulls’ best players.
Last night against the defending champion Warriors he missed all eight shots he took from the field and finished with just a single point. That’s his lowest total since joining the Bulls and the only time he failed to hit a field goal since coming to Chicago in 2014.
On Thursday, Pau Gasol got a little more bad news when the NBA All-Star game final fan votes were tallied.
The Bulls veteran finished fourth in the voting for front court players in the Eastern Conference with 566,988. The top three would be named starters for the annual mid-season classic on February 14th at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The man who beat him out for that last spot was Carmelo Anthony with 567,348.
That’s just 360 votes out of millions.
That’s how close Gasol came to being a starter but it was not meant to be as no members of the Bulls cracked the starting five for the Eastern Conference. The five-time NBA All-Star is averaging 16.3 points and 10.8 rebounds a game this season.
Anthony joins the Cavaliers’ LeBron James, the Pacers’ Paul George, the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and the Heat’s Dwayne Wade in the starting lineup. Jimmy Butler was the next closest Bulls player to being voted to the game as he finished fourth in the voting for guards with 564,637 votes. Teammate Derrick Rose finished seventh with 302,389 votes.
Butler, Gasol and Rose still have a chance to be named a reserve for the game when the list is revealed on Thursday, January 28th at 6 PM.
Kobe Bryant of the Lakers led the overall voting with 1,891,614 as he continues his final NBA season. He beat out Warriors’ guard Stephan Curry who had 1,604,325 votes and earns his 18th selection to the All-Star Game. Those two will be joined by the Thunder’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook along with Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard in the Western Conference starting lineup.