The Knicks will be well represented at this year’s All-Star festivities. Weeks ago it was announced that Carmelo Anthony would be a starting forward to represent the Eastern Conference, and Tyson Chandler would come off the bench for the East as well.
On TNT’s pregame broadcast earlier this evening, it was announced that Steve Novak would represent the East in the Footlocker Three-Point Contest, and James White would participate for the East in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
This year’s contests will go in a different direction. In each competition, the Eastern and Western Conferences will have three representatives on their “teams”. All six players will compete the opening stages, and for the final stage, one player (based on highest score) will represent each conference to compete head-to-head.
Steve Novak’s teammates in the Three-Point Contest will be Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The West will be represented by Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Hornets, Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs, and Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Novak is second in the bunch in three-point percentage at 44%, behind only Steph Curry.
James “Flight” White will have solid competition as well. The East will also be represented by Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors and Gerald Green of the Indiana Pacers. The West will have Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz, Eric Bledsoe of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets. It’s possible that the East has the top three dunkers in the whole competition, and the new format unfortunately eliminates the chances of seeing Green and White go head to head. White, though the oldest of the group, earned the nickname “Flight” with good reason.
All-Star weekend just got a lot more interesting for Knicks fans.