Anthony selected as starter for 2011 NBA All-Star Game
DENVER, Jan. 27, 2011 – Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has been selected as a starter for the Western Conference in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA announced today.
Anthony finished second to Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant among Western Conference forwards with 1.3 million votes. He will join Durant, L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and New Orleans guard Chris Paul in the starting lineup.
Houston's Yao Ming finished first in the balloting among centers in the West but will not play because of an injury, opening the door for Nuggets center Nene to be added as his replacement for the Feb. 20 game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Anthony, who will be making his fourth All-Star appearance and third as a starter, is averaging 23.6 points and a career-high 8.0 rebounds in 38 games. He has scored at least 30 points 11 times, including a 36-point performance that featured a career-high six three-pointers on Jan. 23 vs. Indiana.
“I want to thank all the fans who voted for me,” Anthony said. “Anytime the fans vote you in, it’s something special. I think it reflects the hard work of both myself and my teammates this season.
In his three previous All-Star appearances, Anthony has averaged 21.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in 25.3 minutes. He scored a team-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the West at the 2010 NBA All-Star game in Dallas.
Anthony joins Alex English as the only players in Nuggets history to be selected as an All-Star four times. English made eight All-Star appearances (four as a starter) in 11 seasons in Denver.