There are four New York Knicks players on the 2013 NBA All-Star Game ballot—three of which are in the starting rotation and the fourth hasn't even played in a regular season game in 2012—and there's a good chance we see at least two of the four in Houston for February's game.
Last year, New York only managed to have Carmelo Anthony represent them.
Amar'e Stoudemire was left off the roster, as was Tyson Chandler, who went on to win Defensive Player of the Year.
Fortunately for Knicks fans, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire are on the ballot this year.
While it's hard to see Raymond Felton beating out Rajon Rondo and Deron Williams for a starting guard spot, one can dream right?
It is quite possible, however, that Tyson Chandler wins a frontcourt spot, even with Joakim Noah playing his best basketball this season.
You can pretty much guarantee Carmelo wins a starting job for the Eastern Conference, though.
How can you ignore the numbers he's put up or what his team has accomplished with him?
Without further ado, I give to you the odds of the four Knicks players on the ballot of making the All-Star Game.
Amar'e Stoudemire: 250-1
Amar'e has yet to clock a single minute in the 2012-13 season, and because of that, the competition for the frontcourt spots have an edge on him.
When asked if Stoudemire would debut Christmas weekend, Coach Woodson told Jared Zwerling of ESPN.com that he "highly doubts it."
That's not good for STAT's All-Star campaign because he's yet to be on the court with real competition—he's been playing in the D-league for a few days now.
Raymond Felton: 75-1
Raymond Felton is off to an incredible start—in fact, he's almost replicated the start he had with New York the first time he was a Knickerbocker in 2010.
His numbers are excellent—15.9 points per game, 6.6 assists per game and just 2.3 turnovers a game—and he's made the "Linsane" New Yorkers forget about that Jeremy character that's playing for the Houston Rockets now.
In comparison to the number one vote-getter among the guards (Dwyane Wade), though, Felton isn't far behind in terms of statistics. Wade puts up 19.7 points per game, 4.4 assists per game and 2.4 turnovers a game, yet he's got just about 425,000 more votes than Felton.
On December 13, NBA released the voting up to that point and Felton was ranked seventh amongst guards with 37,974 votes (h/t SportsIllustrated.com).
It appears to be a popularity contest, and because of that Felton's chances of making the trip to Houston are slim.
Tyson Chandler: 15-1
Tyson Chandler has a great chance at making the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
However, because of the new format—voters select two guards and three "frontcourt" players—Chandler is fifth for the frontcourt spot.
Chandler's numbers don't speak too much volume about his season—13 points per game and 10 rebounds per game—but it's the veteran leadership he brings to a team that's indispensable, even if this is just an All-Star game.
Nobody likes losing, especially a roster filled with All-Stars.
Tyson is the guy you want in the huddle calming teammates and getting their heads in the game.
I expect to see Tyson involved in the All-Star Game, and although he probably won't be a starter, you can almost be sure he'll be on the roster.
Carmelo Anthony: 2-1
Carmelo Anthony is pretty much a guaranteed lock for the All-Star Game in Houston.
The Knicks' forward is having an MVP-caliber season.
He's the leader of New York, putting up 28 points per game with 6.2 rebounds a game.
Anthony has put this team on his back, and the franchise is totally revamped.
The fans see what he's doing for the Knickerbockers, and they're rewarding him with their 573,112 votes.
Melo is going for just his sixth All-Star Game—I know, shocking right?—and you can be sure he's going to have more than the 19 points he had in last year's game.
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