Carmelo Anthony will be heading to Toronto in a few weeks to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2016 NBA All-Star game. This will be Anthony’s 7 straight All-Star game selection and he is very thankful of the fans for voting him in. “Every time it happens, you get a chance to go participate in that, but not only participate but get voted in by your fans, it don’t get old,” Anthony said. “I know we always say that, but it never gets old.” Anthony beat out Pistons forward Andre Drummond, and Bulls Center Pau Gasol, to claim the final starting position. He will be joining Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Paul George and Kyle Lowry as the 2016 Eastern Conference starters.
After recovering from knee surgery last season, Melo has never looked better on the court. While his points per game may be down to 21.5, his all around play has still helped to put the Knicks in position to make a playoff run in the second half of the season. The knock on Anthony’s game was his defense, but that has not been the case this season. He is playing hard on the defensive end, averaging 7.6 rebounds per game and even dishing out an average of 3.9 assists to his teammates each game.
These are all career highs for Melo and many people believe since he has expanded his game it has had a significant impact on the New York Knicks. The Knicks stand only 2 games behind the Miami Heat for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Knick fans are very excited about the success of their team so far, especially since they only came in with 17 wins last season.
The 2015-2016 seasons has been a great turnaround year for them as Melo has demonstrated tremendous leadership both on and off the court. He has also been a major influence for rookie forward, Kristaps Porzingis, who has had a stellar rookie season thus far and the Knicks will need the same type of play from both him and Melo to make the playoffs.
Melo and the rest of Eastern Conference starters will have their work cut out for them as they will take on Steph Curry, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Kawhi Leonard in the All-Star game. It will undoubtedly be incredible to watch the NBA’s best go up against each other in front of a sell-out crowd. Not to mention this will also be Kobe Bryant’s last game, so you should be sure the NBA will be doing something special for the future hall of famer.