Carmelo Anthony: Biggest Snub from the 2011 All-NBA Teams
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The results of the All-NBA teams came out today. There were familiar faces, such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant, among others. However, there was one player who, for some reason I cannot understand, did not make any of the three teams. That player is Carmelo Anthony.
Here is the breakdown of who made it onto the All-NBA teams from SBNation.com:
G: Derrick Rose
G: Kobe Bryant
F: LeBron James
F: Kevin Durant
G: Dwyane Wade
G: Russell Westbrook
F: Dirk Nowitzki
F: Pau Gasol
C: Amar'e Stoudemire
G: Chris Paul
G: Manu Ginobili
F: LaMarcus Aldridge
F: Zach Randolph
C: Al Horford
First of all, I cannot understand why they were so infatuated with loading these teams with one type of forward. The first team consists of small forwards at the three and four spots, while power forwards populate those spots on the second and third teams. In my opinion, you should have one player from every position on these teams. This would most likely eliminate Pau Gasol and either LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph.
If 'Melo were to be placed on the third team, I would remove LaMarcus Aldridge. Here are their stats from NBA.com:
Carmelo Anthony: 25.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.9 APG, 45% FG, 83.8% FT, 37.8% 3PT
Should Melo have made an All-NBA team?
LaMarcus Aldridge: 21.8 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 50% FG, 79.1% FT, 17.4% 3PT
In all honesty, 'Melo's stats surpass LaMarcus' here. His scoring is up, as well as his assists, free-throw percentage, and three-point shooting. The only real advantages that Aldridge has over Carmelo are his rebounding and field goal percentage, which is a product of him being closer to the rim since he plays down low, occupying the power forward spot.
While I am not denying LaMarcus Aldridge's talent, I don't think that he is All-NBA caliber, at least not yet. By next season, or maybe the one after that, he will definitely be able to make an All-NBA team with no complaints from anyone.
Overall, I think it is horrible that 'Melo did not make at least the All-NBA third team. His skills and ability to carry a franchise should've been enough to make one of the teams, especially since they seemed to keep taking players from the same position. When players of 'Melo's caliber are being snubbed, something is wrong. Hopefully next year this will be reconciled but, for now, we'll have to deal with Amar'e being our only All-NBA player on the roster.
What do you think of this? Should 'Melo have made one of the All-NBA teams? Vote in the poll and let me know in the comments below.
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