I’ll start out by making my case for Anthony. This is his best year yet in such a young career. Every statistical category is up from last year. Most impressive is how he is doing it with little to no consistent help from a laundry list of injuries to critical players. Furthermore, the Nuggets lead their division. He has played through some nicks all year long and has graced us with one of the leagues most spectacular, in-your-mug, throw downs of the year. Just ask Theo Ratliff. I’ll bet he remembers.
Now, its time for the Doctor to make his case against some of the non-deserving players on the roster that are sitting in ‘Melo’s seat. Let us start by examining the chair held by Tracy McGrady. They are nearly identical in points per game. Carmelo is shooting 46% from the field while T-Mac is shooting 41%. Melo has played in 50 games, McGrady only 36. Carmelo’s team is winning their division and McGrady’s is renting the basement in theirs. Both men have had their center hurt. Melo is winning and his numbers are up. Tracy is losing and his numbers are down. Seems like a no-brainer. Tracy McGrady is an awe-inspiring player, but it wasn’t his turn this year.
Next is Ray Allen. Ray is scoring less and shooting a worse percentage doing it. His team is second to last in the division and I don’t care how silky smooth your jumper is. If it doesn’t go in, it is merely nice to watch while you lose. Now I know that Allen is a guard and ‘Melo technically is a forward, but in this case give me a break. Who would you rather have? I haven’t heard a peep out of Seattle or Allen all season.
Everyone knows that the All-Star game is merely a popularity contest (Yao Ming isn’t that great). The more you’ve been in the spotlight the better chance you have of being voted in. I feel that Anthony has been overlooked because of other player’s media appeal and previous All-Star selections. It’s not a perfect world and not a perfect system. One thing for sure is when Seattle and Houston are watching TV come May, 'Melo will be in the playoffs. Not giving too much thought about mid February’s classic. It’s a shame that some new blood wasn’t given the benefit of the doubt. It sure would seem like he deserved it!