There is a real chance both Rose and Wade earn starting spots in the All-Star game, which will be drafted by LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo as things stand.
Whether James remains well ahead of the pack remains to be seen, but he undoubtedly will be selected to a 15th career All-Star Game. Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic now lands as the No. 2 vote-getter among Western Conference forwards, placing ahead of Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Paul George in the pecking order.
As usual, the fan votes offered a few interesting selections, with Golden State centre DeMarcus Cousins, who hasn't played a game all season, 10th in the Western Conference frontcourt with over 92,000 votes. Fans get 50 percent of the vote for All-Star starters, with the other 50 percent being split between the media and players.
Wade is the only Heat player among the top 10 in the voting among guards or frontcourt players. James and Stephen Curry were captains for last season's exhibition, the first under the new format.
Every voter submits a ballot with two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference to determine the starters.
After the starters are determined, the reserves are voted on by the coaches. Unlike previous year, the All-Star draft WILL be televised this season although the draft date has not yet been announced. It was not televised in 2018, the first year of the captain format. The Pelicans' Anthony Davis (605,417) and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George (580,055) finish up the group.
The leading vote-getter from each conference is selected as a captain for their respective team in the All-Star Game. He is now seventh in the polls among Eastern Conference guards with 128,605 votes. It is important to note that fan voting is available through January 21 but, in the grand scheme, a lot of the damage has already been done and there are a few surprises along the way.
National Basketball Association coaches will select the reserves from each conference.