5 Reasons Why Carmelo Anthony Doesn’t Belong in 2014 NBA All-Star Game
A Tough Argument
The NBA All-Star Game is an event to honor the individual achievements of the players across the league. It brings together all the great stat sheet stuffers for a weekend of contests, culminating in one final game of East vs. West. Once a year, the top talents of each conference face off and the winners earn bragging rights for a year.
With less than two weeks until the All-Star break, many familiar names fill the roster again. The West is represented by names such as Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and James Harden, while the East will be represented by LeBron James, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
Speaking of the East, we have seen a record low number of teams below .500 in the conference this season. The disappointing performances thus far have prompted a new argument that players must play for a team above .500 in order to make the All-Star team.
This rule would eliminate players like Kyrie Irving, Joe Johnson, Kevin Love and Anthony. Now, this will not become a rule of the league anytime soon, but it makes for an interesting debate. Love, Irving and Anthony all were named All-Star starters, but all three play for teams that are below .500, including Anthony’s pathetic New York Knicks, who are 19-29. If you are good enough to make the start for the All-Star team, shouldn’t you be good enough to keep your team above .500?
Then again, we have seen players get snubbed because they play for quiet teams that have stayed out of the headlines. It is safe to say that no sports league or person has come up with a good way to honor All-Stars. Should we only vote for players based on personal achievement or should team status also be factored in? Sure, it is great to score 30-plus points every game, but it really doesn’t matter if your team is 15 games below .500 and out of playoff contention. That is why I have five solid reasons as to why Carmelo Anthony does not belong in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.
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5. Averaging More Than 20 Shots A Game
The only reason as to why Anthony was named as a starter for the East All-Star team is because he is averaging 27 points, nine rebounds and three assists this season. 27 points a game is impressive, but it loses some of its nobility when it takes 20-plus shots to do it.
After Shaquille O’Neal left the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant went down a similar path where he averaged upwards of 20 shots a game. Although it translated into big numbers for Bryant, it only created losses and subpar seasons for the Lakers. For Anthony and the Knicks, the situation looks very similar. Anthony might be averaging great numbers, but more shots usually equals more losses.
4. Shooting Below 50 Percent For Season
As if the 20-plus shots a game weren’t enough, Anthony is only averaging 45 percent from the field on top of that. I know that the Knicks have dealt with injuries and Anthony is their offensive focal point, but throwing bricks at the back board is no way to win. I didn’t want to have to mention this, but the entire “Big 3” is shooting above 50 percent for the season and all three were named to the team. According to those standards, Anthony doesn’t exactly deserve an invitation.
3. A Joke of a Season For The Knicks
Here comes the team argument. According to Jeff Van Gundy, if your team is below .500 you don’t deserve a chance to be on the All-Star team. I have to kind of agree with him. If you are such a good basketball player and are good enough to be on the All-Star team then your team should be successful. You shouldn’t be pulling in $20 million-plus if your team is 10 games below .500 and currently out of the postseason race, so you shouldn’t be on the All-Star team. That applies to you, Anthony, because the Knicks are currently 19-29 which is not exactly a winning record.
2. Has Taken New York Nowhere
Since joining the Knicks in 2010, Anthony has taken New York to three playoff appearances only to proceed to the second round once. Although Anthony has averaged upwards of 26 points per game in the playoffs, it has not translated into postseason wins. Say what you will, but those winning statistics do not add up to All-Star material, especially in the Big Apple.
1. The Impending Free Agency Debacle
Instead of focusing on the season like James, Wade and Bosh have done, Anthony decided to make a spectacle out of 2014 free agency before it began. Of course that led to a media circus followed by the input of analysts, bloggers, coaches and players everywhere. Even Anthony’s wife, La La put in her two cents.
Of course Anthony is going to be a major player in free agency, but he should have waited until after the season. He should have taken the professional route, dismissing any questions regarding the topic and shifting focus to the season. In my honest opinion, someone who doesn’t give 100 percent attention to the team he presently plays for does not deserve to be an All-Star. Put free agency on the back burner and focus on the task at hand, Anthony -- attempting to make the postseason.