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Melo and Porzingis need our All-Star votes

Postby shakespeare » December 26, 2015, 4:29 pm


Carmelo Anthony’s streak of All-Star appearances may be in doubt. His run of six straight starts is certainly in question.

The Knicks superstar, hoping to make his seventh straight appearance and ninth overall, is fourth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players in the first round of All-Star Game balloting results, behind LeBron James of the Cavaliers, Paul George of the Pacers and Andre Drummond of the Pistons. Drummond has a narrow edge on Anthony, with 148,278 votes compared to 132,119 for Anthony.

If Anthony, 31, doesn’t climb into the top three, he would have to be voted in by the coaches as a reserve for All-Star Game in Toronto. The final day for fan voting is Jan. 18. Anthony has started the All-Star game seven times; he was a reserve was his first appearance in 2007.

Coming off offseason knee surgery, Anthony has led the Knicks to a solid 14-16 start, averaging 21.8 points per game, 7.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists, which would be the second-highest assist figure of his 13-year career. Anthony is shooting 45 percent, his highest mark since his first season with the Knicks.

Knicks coach Derek Fisher has praised Anthony for moving the ball more this season.

“That’s always the dilemma [with] franchise players,” Fisher said recently. “People expect them to move the ball but [there] definitely has to be a correlation of trust that has to be there. Our group is earning that collectively from each other.’’

Anthony’s teammate, rookie Kristaps Porzingis, is eighth among forwards with 85,606 votes. There was some thought he may have a shot to be in the top three because of his fast start and the international vote.

His Latvian countryman, Zemgus Girgenson, was the top vote-getter for the NHL All-Star game last season despite ranking fourth on the off-the-radar Buffalo Sabres in scoring, mostly because of heavy support in international voting. In 2005 and 2006, Rockets center Yao Ming was first in votes, aided by his popularity in China.

Porzingis, the fourth overall pick averaging 13.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, has the most votes by far of any rookie, including Karl-Anthony Towns of the Timberwolves and Jahlil Okafor of the 76ers, the other favorites for Rookie of the Year honors.

The 20-year-old Porzingis will be in Toronto either way for All-Star weekend, participating in a new version of the Rookie-Sophomore Game. ... star-vote/


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