Yesterday it was announced that Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony made the All-NBA Third Team. The other members of the team were Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, and Dirk Nowitzki.
There was some debate as to how Anthony made the team over other deserving forwards, which were fair. However, even in a below average season for ‘Melo, he averaged 22.6 ppg on 43% shooting, 6.3 rpg, and 3.8 apg, which are better numbers than many of his contemporaries.
Chandler’s accomplishments have been discussed and he was decidedly the third best center behind Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum who made First and Second Team’s, respectively.
The Knicks are supposedly investigating a conspiracy that left Bill Walker off the First Team.
A few days ago, Iman Shumpert was selected to the All-Rookie First Team. Shumpert felt slighted that he didn’t get invited to the Rising Stars game during All-Star weekend, but the selection to the First Team makes up for it.
Shumpert was tied with Kawhi Leonard and Brandon Knight for the fifth spot on the team, and they join Ricky Rubio, Kyrie Irving, Kenneth Faried, and Klay Thompson. The back-to-back selections of Shumpert and Landry Fields to the All-Rookie First Team marks the first time the Knicks have had two rookies make it in back to back seasons in over twenty years.
Likewise, earlier this week Tyson Chandler was snubbed from the All-Defensive First Team, but still made Second Team. Iman Shumpert also received some votes, but ultimately missed making either team.
In previous weeks, Shumpert also finished fifth in Rookie of the Year Voting (Kyrie Irving ultimately won), and GM Glen Grunwald finished sixth in Executive of the Year voting.
The Knicks are still waiting for official word on whether Steve Novak will make All-NBA Hair Gel First Team, and whether Jerome Jordan will make All-Jamaican First Team.
These awards and accolades only further prove that the Knicks have recognized, respected talent – it’s just a matter of putting it all together.