Carmelo Anthony to get Kevin Love’s spot in All-Star Game Sunday
Kevin Love earned a spot in the All-Star Game this Sunday in New Orleans with his strongest season as a Cavalier, averaging 20 points and 11 boards a game. But the knee surgery he underwent Tuesday killed that weekend in the Big Easy.
Carmelo Anthony has been named his replacement, something first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN and since confirmed by the league.
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
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gets to name the replacement, and traditionally he has followed the coaches vote — which is not public — to award the slot. Anthony finished eighth in the fan/player/media voting overall, he was sixth with the fans and other players but 12th with the media. Anthony finished behind teammate Kristaps Porzingis on that metric overall, but he was the highest voted player by the fans not in the game (save for Love and Joel Embiid, both of whom are out injured and will not participate in the weekend).
Anthony is averaging 23.2 points and 6.1 rebounds a game for the Knicks this season, but he has torn it up since learning he would not be an All-Star after the team announcement a few weeks back.