Year after year Carmelo Anthony’s name appears on the All-Star roster. In fact, the past seven All-Star games have featured Anthony. But for the first time since 2009, Anthony will not receive the All-Star honor.
No New York Knick players received the honor as well, and rightfully so. Anthony most likely would have been an All-Star if it wasn’t for the team’s recent struggles over the past month.
At one point this season the Knicks were fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 14-10 record. Since that point, the Knicks have won only six games and lost 17. With the losing, finger pointing began to take place with Anthony taking a huge part of the blame.
With the Knicks struggling and the rest of the drama that surrounds the New York Knicks, no wonder why Anthony was left off the All-Star roster.
His numbers are not bad, but they are below his career averages. Anthony is scoring 22.7 points and six rebounds per contest. For his career, Melo is averaging 24.8 points per game and 6.6 rebounds.
But the guys that were chosen over him are definitively deserving so, such as Giannis Antetokounmpo. The “Greek Freak” is making his first All-Star appearance and is getting the start. Antetokounmpo has improved each year he has been in the league and has really elevated his game to a new level this season.
He is averaging 23.5 points per game while adding 8.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He may be starting as a small forward in the All-Star game, but the most impressive part of his performance this season is he doing it as a point guard. I guess you could call him a point forward. The 6’11” man is doing things that a point guard could do, which is pretty impressive.
Paul George also made the roster over Carmelo Anthony. Their numbers are basically identical, but George deserves the nod because he actually plays this thing called defense. Maybe if Melo did that the Knicks might not be trending in the wrong direction.
Kemba Walker was named an All-Star for the first time, he also deserved the nod over Anthony. Walker has put up big numbers from the moment he stepped into the league and deserves the honor to play in the game.
The assistant coaches picked the right players to represent the Eastern Conference. And perhaps it’s a good thing for the Knicks that Anthony did make the roster. It will give him a few days to gain some rest so the Knicks can make a run towards the playoffs.
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