So much for offensive numbers. Carmelo Anthony was left off the All-NBA team's for the fourth time in his 11-year career today. Anthony of the New York Knicks was second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 27.4 points per contest. Melo also finished in the top 30 in rebounding, bringing down 8.1 boards per game.
Despite having his fourth best scoring average and best rebounding numbers of his career, Melo was beat out by Paul George (171 pts) & LaMarcus Aldridge (159 pts) on the third team. Blake Griffin and Kevin Love made the second team as forwards, and the 1-2 finishers in the MVP voting, Kevin Durant and LeBron James made the first team at the forward position.
The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada. Anthony had the most voting points of players not making the teams, with 86 points in the voting, the next closest player was John Wall of the Washington Wizards with 70 points. So it really wasn't even close for Anthony to even make the third team, which is a little surprising.
Here's another surprising stat, Melo has never made the All-NBA's first team. The main factor there are two guys, Kevin Durant and LeBron James. Those two have made the first team since the 2009-2010 season.
To get the full voting results, click here and scroll to the bottom of the article: https://www.nba.com/bulls/news/noah-named-to-all-nba-first-team
Carmelo will have much bigger things on his mind this offseason though, as he has the option to opt out of the final year of his contract at 23.5 million, to become an unrestricted free agent.
There have been mixed reports on what he will do, but chances are he opts out are high. That doesn't mean the Knicks can't re-sign him, it just opens the door for many other teams to come knocking. Keep in mind, under the new collective bargaining agreement, the Knicks are the team that can offer Melo the most amount of money. This is known as the "Bird Rights".
Despite being the seventh best player at his position according to the voters, if the Knicks star decides to opt out, he will be one of the most coveted free agents this summer. Teams rumored to have significant interest include the Rockets, Bulls and Lakers.
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