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Amar'e named second team All-NBA

The Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire clebrates after hitting a

The Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire clebrates after hitting a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter in Game 1. (April 17, 2011) Credit: AP

 For the fifth time in his nine-season career Amar'e Stoudemire is an All-NBA player. For the first time since 1996-97, there is a Knick among the All-NBA teams.

Stoudemire, who finished sixth in the NBA in scoring (25.3 points per game), was named second team All-NBA for the fourth time and joined Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbook in the second group.

The first team consists of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose.

Stoudemire, who was second-team All-NBA last season, received two first-team votes. After an MVP-caliber first half, a place on the All-NBA roster is no surprise. Stoudemire is the first Knick to earn All-NBA honors since Patrick Ewing.

Carmelo Anthony, who finished third in scoring (25.6 points per game) behind Durant and James, recieved 53 votes, which was the third-highest among players who were not named to the three All-NBA teams. Anthony was second team All-NBA last season and was a third-team selection in '06, '07 and '09.

The third team includes LaMarcus Aldridge, Zach Randolph, Al Horford, Manu Ginobili and Chris Paul.


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