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A case for Carmelo Anthony as a 2009 All-Star

January 23rd, 2009 by aswitzer

Earlier today, the NBA 2009 All-Stars were announced and Carmelo Anthony found out that he had been passed by Amare Stoudemire for a starting forward position. He actually dropped from 2nd to 5th in the final fan voting. Breaking his hand and not having played since January 5th had a lot to do with that. Carmelo has publically stated that he would have given his starting spot to Amare if he had hung onto it, since the game is being hosted in Amare’s backyard of Phoenix. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Amare’s humorous All-Star voting campaign website.

Carmelo is averaging 21.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. While his scoring is down, Carmelo’s all-around numbers are still top rate. Considering that he’s played most of this season with a nagging elbow injury, he’s actually having one of his better seasons. I think he’ll actually have a huge second half of the season when he comes back from his hand injury at the end of January. The Nuggets have managed to go 4-3 in Carmelo’s absence, but its been quite obvious that they’ve missed Anthony’s offensive firepower, and rebounding at the SF position in several of the losses.

To get into his third consecutive All-Star game, Carmelo’s main competition at forward is Dirk Nowitzki. Both could be added in as reserves. The other thing going for him would be Denver’s impressive 28-15 record and their 3rd place standing in the Western Conference. A team that good should not be shut out in representing at the All-Star game. The Nuggets other best candidates would be Chauncey Billups and Nene. Nene has career high stats in nearly every category, and is leading the NBA in field-goal percentage. Chauncey single-handedly instilled life in a 1-2 team that was ranked middle of the pack in most NBA power rankings to a 26-12 record since his arrival and a consistent 6-7 NBA Power ranking.

2 Responses to “A case for Carmelo Anthony as a 2009 All-Star”

  1. Wavatar Nugnugz Says:

    I can understand Stoudamire overtaking him in voting, but Bruce Bowen!? Really? That really irked me.

    Carmelo is having a career year as far as not forcing the issue and I think he needs to be rewarded. last I heard, he was leading all SF in rebounding and like you said, once his elbow heals I think his scoring will go up. In any case, I feel like he’s a guy that score 30 points every night if he felt like he had to – the game is just that easy for him – i just don’t think he needs to. He’s got a good supporting cast. For him to not make it would be disheartening, but expected. Is it just me or does it seem like the NBA has something against this guy? He never gets brought up in any of the discussions that go with Wade, James and Bryant and I don’t know if I’m saying he’s better than any of them, but for him to never be brought up in discussion is incredible. He single handedly carried Team USA through all the Qualifying then they get Bryant and suddenly Carmelo is the forgotten man. He’s always the forgotten man. It’s downright frustrating.

  2. Wavatar aswitzer Says:

    Bruce Bowen makes zero sense to me.

    While I agree with your comments on the year Carmelo is having, and was thinking along the same lines when I wrote this article, I think it could actually be a good thing if he doesn’t make the All-Star game this season. Part of it was the timing of his injury and being off the court during the final voting stretch, but you can still easily make a case for Carmelo being an All-Star with the season he’s had so far. However, if he doesn’t make it, due to plenty of other viable candidates for the remaining roster spots (Brandon Roy, Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams, etc) then I think that even though Carmelo is saying all the “right things” that deep down he’ll be pissed. Carmelo doesn’t get that way very often, or at least not in a constructive way, but an All-Star looked-over Carmelo could be a very cool thing in the second half of the season. This team has been playing at a very high level, but there is bound to be a lull in effort from the wearniess of the schedule, and an inspired Carmelo could be the just the enfusion of energy the Nuggets need to pull them thru and hold onto a 3rd or better seed in the West. Carmelo could definitely showcase a “I should have been an All-Star” second half of the season that would help continue our winning ways.

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