Carmelo Anthony did everything but build a swimming pool and serve coffee in James Dolan’s MSG office this season. He led the Knicks to their first Atlantic Division title since Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) crushed the streets. He vicked Kevin Durant’s scoring title and finished third in the MVP voting.
This week it was discovered that he took the Knicks to the second round of the playoffs and dropped 39 points in Game 6 against the Pacers with a torn shoulder labrum.
It still wasn’t enough for ‘Melo to snag an All-NBA first team selection. The Knicks forward was named to the All-NBA second team, the league announced Thursday.
The forwards on the first team—in most fans eyes—were no-brainers LeBron James and Kevin Durant, who averaged one more rebound and one more assist per game than Melo. Rounding out the first team was Kobe Bryant, CP3 and Tim Duncan.
As if it’s any consolation prize Anthony actually received more votes (397) than center Tim Duncan (392), who made the first team, but due to the NBA’s position designations, Anthony got the shaft. Sort of like when Al Gore won the popular vote, but still lost the 2000 Presidential election.
Not too many people will object because very few people care for Anthony or the Knicks. It’s not the first time he’s been snubbed. It’s still somewhat of an insult to Melo—a gully Top 5 player—to have to share the second team with inferior talents like Blake Griffin and Marc Gasol. If this was 2003 sharing the honor with Tony Parker wouldn’t be that bad, but its 2013. At least Russell Westbrook is in the ballpark.
The All-NBA third team was comprised of Dwight Howard, Paul George, Dwyane Wade, James Harden and David Lee.