How Did New York Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony Get Left Off All-NBA First Team?

By Paul Seaver
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On Thursday morning, the NBA announced its selections for the All-NBA teams from the 2012-13 season. LeBron James was a unanimous selection to nobody’s surprise and he was joined by Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.

Wait — where is Carmelo Anthony?

Okay, so Anthony wasn’t the most efficient shooter down the stretch, but that came in the playoffs. Keep in mind, the Knicks ended the regular season with a bang, earning the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference in the process. Anthony was the catalyst behind that and he averaged 28.6 points this past season, in addition to 6.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. That offensive number was good enough to win the NBA’s scoring title this year, snapping a three year streak by Durant.

Okay, so remind me again how Anthony — the main reason why the Knicks were the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and the NBA’s scoring leader here in 2013 — isn’t a first team All-NBA selection?

While Anthony’s case is strong — he did headline the second team All-NBA selections by the way — it could be a situation in which who else would you take off? Duncan had another fantastic year and he continues to impress even despite not getting any younger.

The voting works by position, but Carmelo certainly mixed things up during the season in regards to that. If Lebron and Durant are the two forwards, they just might get the nods for the next ten years.

My vote would be for Kobe. Bryant led the Lakers from uncertain playoff expectations into consideration before tearing his Achilles tendon. He’s the leader on that Lakers squad, we know that and he once again had a terrific season. However, look at the weapons Kobe had around him this year and compare them to that of the Knicks. On paper, Los Angeles is the better team, but the Knicks had the better record. Ironically enough, this was Kobe’s 11th nomination to the first-team, tying him with Karl Malone for the most all-time — was that why he got the nod?

Anthony deserved a first team All-NBA nod this season — that’s the bottom line.


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