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By: Aaron Price
All-Star Weekend 2013 is approaching fast, and a handful of Knicks may be eventually spotted in Houston.
Here are six New York Knicks who have a chance to participate in the festivities:
To start, Carmelo Anthony is a near lock to make his 6th All-Star game appearance. Anthony is second in the league in scoring, averaging 28.5 points per game. Melo has 891,759 votes in the second ballot returns, which constitutes the second most votes in the Eastern Conference behind LeBron James. Anthony has led the Knicks to a 21-9 record so far this season.
Tyson Chandler is vying for his first All-Star appearance. He is playing at a high level, not only on defense, but on offense, as well. He is currently shooting 69% from the field this season while averaging 12.6 points per game. An All-Star appearance would add to his many career accomplishments, as he has won an NBA championship and an Olympic Gold medal. So far, Chandler has accumulated 260,000 votes in the second ballot returns.
Raymond Felton also could feasibly play in his first All-Star game this year. Felton is yet another Knick who is having a career year, averaging 15.8 points per game and leading the Knicks to a great start. Felton has 66,745 votes so far.
Although Amar’e Stoudemire has been injured thus far during the 2012-13 season, STAT’s fans have come out to vote. Stoudemire had 90,996 votes in the second ballot returns.
There are some other fun events on All-Star Weekend, such as the 3-point Shootout and the Slam Dunk contest on All-Star Saturday Night. The player on the Knicks’ roster who is gaining the most steam with respect to competing in the Slam Dunk contest this year is James White. He is known for his high flying dunks and his nickname ‘Flight’.
Rapper Wale recently tweeted “I hope they let James White in the dunk contest this year… It will never be the same again if he competes”.
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder even responded to Wale’s tweet, stating that White is the best dunker ever.
As for the All-Star 3-point shootout, it’s no secret that Steve Novak is a fan favorite to be in the competition. Novak has a reputation for being one of the most lethal shooters in the NBA. He is shooting 44% from behind the arc this season, and if he is asked to participate in the competition, he could become the first 3-point shooter to win the shootout in a Knicks uniform.
So, it is your responsibility as a Knicks fan to campaign for all of these guys!
Make sure to VOTE KNICKS!