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Monday / October 23.
  • Carmelo Anthony to Miss NBA All-Star Game for First Time Since 2009

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    Carmelo Anthony’s tough week continued on Thursday when he was not named an NBA All-Star for the first time since 2009.

    When the list of reserves came out, Anthony’s name was not on it.

    Anthony is averaging 22.7 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Knicks (20-27), losers of 14-of-18.

    Anthony, an NBA All-Star every year from 2010-16, has been the subject of trade rumors this week involving the Cavaliers, Celtics and Clippers as it has become apparent that Knicks President Phil Jackson is actively shopping Anthony, who has a no-trade clause.

    This will also the first All-Star Game without Anthony or Dwyane Wade since 2003-04, their rookie seasons, per ESPN.

    Among those named to the game as reserves were two-time reigning NBA All-Star MVP Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and first-time All-Stars Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz, DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers and former Rice High School star Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets.

     

    Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves

    ·         Paul George, Pacers: George, who is averaging 22.2 points and 6.0 rebounds this season, scored 41 points and sank a record nine three-pointers in the 2016 All-Star Game.

    ·         Kevin Love, Cavaliers: Love (20.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg), who earned his fourth All-Star selection, is the only player in the East averaging at least 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.

    ·         Kyle Lowry, Raptors: An All-Star for the third year in a row, Lowry is averaging a career-best 22.4 points and ranks fourth in the NBA in three-pointers made with 143.

    ·         Paul Millsap, Hawks: Millsap (18.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.8 apg) is making his fourth consecutive trip to the All-Star Game since joining Atlanta in 2013.

    ·         Isaiah Thomas, Celtics: The 60th and final pick of NBA Draft 2011 presented by State Farm ranks second in the NBA in scoring with a career-high 29.1 points, helping him secure his second All-Star berth in a row.

    ·         Kemba Walker, Hornets: Walker, who is averaging a career-high 23.0 points, becomes Charlotte’s first All-Star selection since Gerald Wallace in the 2009-10 season.

    ·         John Wall, Wizards: An All-Star for the fourth straight year, the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December is averaging a career-high 23.1 points and ranks third in NBA in assists (10.1 apg) and second in steals (2.23 spg).

    Western Conference All-Star Reserves

    ·         DeMarcus Cousins, Kings: The NBA’s fifth-leading scorer (28.0 ppg) has been named an All-Star for the third consecutive season.

    ·         Marc Gasol, Grizzlies: Now a three-time All-Star, the Spanish center is averaging career highs of 20.6 points and 4.2 assists to go with 64 three-pointers made; he entered the season with 12 threes made in his first eight seasons combined.

    ·         Draymond Green, Warriors: An All-Star for the second straight season, Green ranks 19th in the NBA in rebounding (8.5 rpg), eighth in assists (7.5 apg) and third in steals (1.93 spg) for a team that leads the league in offensive and defensive rating.

    ·         Gordon Hayward, Jazz: Averaging career highs of 21.8 points and 5.7 rebounds, Hayward is Utah’s first All-Star selection since Deron Williams in the 2010-11 season.

    ·         DeAndre Jordan, Clippers: A first-time All-Star in his ninth season, Jordan leads the NBA in rebounding (14.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (69.0).

    ·         Klay Thompson, Warriors: Named to his third straight All-Star Game, Thompson owns the NBA’s highest-scoring game of the season (60 points vs. Indiana on Dec. 5) and leads the league in points on catch-and-shoot plays (10.6 ppg) for the third time in four years.

    ·         Russell Westbrook, Thunder: The NBA scoring leader has posted 23 triple-doubles in 2016-17, putting him on pace to equal Robertson’s single-season record of 41 in 1961-62.

     

     

    2017 EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

     

                                                                                                                         Prior to NBA/            

    No.      Player (Team)                                 Pos.    Ht.          Wt.         Birthdate          Home Country            All-Star Selections

    34       *#Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee) F          6-11        222         12/06/94           Filathlitikos B.C./Greece                    1

    21       *Jimmy Butler (Chicago)               F          6-7          231         09/14/89           Marquette/USA                                   3

    10       *DeMar DeRozan (Toronto)         G         6-7          220         08/07/89           USC/USA                                              3
    13       Paul George (Indiana)                    F          6-9          220         05/02/90           Fresno State/USA                                4

    2          *Kyrie Irving (Cleveland)              G         6-3          193         03/23/92           Duke/USA                                             4
    23       *LeBron James (Cleveland)          F          6-8          250         12/30/84           St. Vincent/St. Mary HS/USA           13
    0          Kevin Love (Cleveland)                 F          6-10        251         09/07/88           UCLA/USA                                           4

    7          Kyle Lowry (Toronto)                    G         6-0          205         03/25/86           Villanova/USA                                     3

    4          Paul Millsap (Atlanta)                    F          6-8          246         02/10/85           Louisiana Tech/USA                           4

    4          Isaiah Thomas (Boston)                 G         5-9          185         02/07/89           Washington/USA                                 2
    15       #Kemba Walker (Charlotte)          G         6-1          184         05/08/90           Connecticut/USA                                1

    2          John Wall (Washington)                G         6-4          210         09/06/90           Kentucky/USA                                     4

    Head Coach: TBD

    Assistant Coaches: TBD

    Athletic Trainers: Kevin Johnson and Pascual Guerrero (Philadelphia 76ers)

     

    2017 WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

     

                                                                                                                         Prior to NBA/              

    No.      Player (Team)                                 Pos.    Ht.          Wt.         Birthdate          Home Country            All-Star Selections

    15       DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento) C         6-11        270         08/13/90           Kentucky/USA                                     3

    30       *Stephen Curry (Golden State)    G         6-3          190         03/14/88           Davidson/USA                                     4
    23       *Anthony Davis (New Orleans)    F          6-11        253         03/11/93           Kentucky/USA                                     4

    35       *Kevin Durant (Golden State)      F          6-9          240         09/29/88           Texas/USA                                           8
    33       Marc Gasol (Memphis)                  C         7-1          255         01/29/85           FC Barcelona/Spain                           3

    23       Draymond Green (Golden State)    F          6-7          230         03/04/90           Michigan State/USA                           2
    13       *James Harden (Houston)             G         6-5          220         08/26/89           Arizona State/USA                              5
    20       #Gordon Hayward (Utah)              F          6-8          226         03/23/90           Butler/USA                                           1
    6          #DeAndre Jordan (LA Clippers)   C         6-11        265         07/21/88           Texas A&M/USA                                1

    2          *Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio)    F          6-7          230         06/29/91           San Diego State/USA                         2

    11       Klay Thompson (Golden State)    G         6-7          215         02/08/90           Washington State/USA                      3

    0          Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City)  G         6-3          200         11/12/88           UCLA/USA                                           6

    Head Coach: Steve Kerr (Arizona)

    Assistant Coaches: Ron Adams (Fresno Pacific); Mike Brown (San Diego); Jarron Collins (Stanford); Bruce Fraser (Arizona); Chris DeMarco (Dominican University); Willie Green (Detroit Mercy)

    Athletic Trainers: Duane Brooks, Jared Lewis and Todd Hooks (New Orleans Pelicans)

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.