The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony will replace injured Kevin Love as an Eastern Conference All-Star, according to league sources.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 16, 2017
When news broke early yesterday morning that Love would likely miss the next six weeks, Silver had to scour the rest of the talented Eastern Conference players in search of a replacement.
This will be Anthony’s 10th All-Star Game appearance overall and now extends his streak of All-Star Game appearances to eight, dating back to 2010.
Despite the mess of a season the New York Knicks are having with what was supposed to be an improved roster, Anthony has continued his great individual play. He leads the Knicks in scoring with 23.4 points per game on 44.3 percent shooting from the field, and also contributes averages of 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. His team’s subpar record and 12th seed standing in the East may not make Anthony the most popular replacement pick; however, his numbers compare well or exceed most others in the East, making him a fair and deserving choice.