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Stoudemire, Chandler left off All-Star team
Carmelo Anthony will be the only Knick in this year’s NBA All-Star Game.
That is if he even plays.
For the first time in six years, Amar’e Stoudemire wasn’t selected to the NBA All-Star Team. Tyson Chandler also missed out on making it for the first time.
The reserves were announced last night and Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams and first-timers Andre Iguodala, Luol Deng and Roy Hibbert made it in the East.
Stoudemire, who was voted a starter last year with the Knicks, is having a down year. He’s averaging 18.2 points, on 44.7 percent shooting, and 8.1 rebounds.
Chandler is having a strong season, averaging 12.0 points, 9.9 rebounds and is shooting 69.7 percent from the field.
Both deserved consideration, but like every year there are going to be players who are left off that you can make a case for being on the team.
Off the top of my head, Atlanta’s Josh Smith, Indiana’s Danny Granger, Philly's Lou Williams and Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings come to mind in the East.
The Knicks have a losing record and you can’t justify putting two of their players on the team if you only have on Celtic, Pacer, Sixer and Magic player.
Anthony was voted a starter, but if he’s still banged up around the Feb. 26 All-Star Game he may not play in. He is out right now with a strained right groin.
The East starters, as voted by the fans, are Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and LeBron James.
The Western Conference reserves are Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Russell Westbrook, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Steve Nash and Marc Gasol.
The West starters are Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Andrew Bynum, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant.