Carmelo Anthony Named NBA All-Star Starter

Nuggets forward will be making his third career All-Star appearance, second start

NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2010 -- Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony was voted to the starting lineup for the Western Conference All-Star Team, the NBA announced today. The 2010 NBA All-Star Game will be played Sunday, Feb. 14 in Dallas, Texas.

Anthony led all Western Conference forwards with 2,137,560 votes. He will join San Antonio F Tim Duncan, L.A. Lakers G Kobe Bryant, and Phoenix G Steve Nash and C Amar’e Stoudemire in the starting five.

“Thanks to all the fans who continue to support me,” says Anthony. “I appreciate it. I didn’t take anything for granted because anything can happen. No matter how many times you get selected, it’s always exciting making the All-Star team. Anytime the fans vote you in, it’s something special.”

Anthony, who will be making his third All-Star appearance and second as a starter, currently leads the NBA in scoring with a career-high 29.8 ppg. He is also averaging 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg and 1.28 spg, while shooting .471 from the field and a career-best .866 from the foul line. So far this season, he has scored 30+ points 21 times, including five games with 40 or more and one 50-point explosion.

In his two previous All-Star appearances, Anthony has averaged 19.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg in 23.5 minutes per game. In his All-Star debut in 2007, he scored 20 points (10-15 FG) and grabbed nine rebounds to help the West win 153-132 in Las Vegas, Nev. As a starter in 2008, Anthony registered 18 points and seven rebounds in the West’s 134-128 loss in New Orleans, La.

Anthony becomes only the fourth player in Nuggets history to have been named to three or more NBA All-Star teams, joining Alex English (8), Dikembe Mutombo (3) and David Thompson (3). With a start in Dallas on Feb. 14, Anthony will join English and Thompson as the only Nuggets to start multiple All-Star games (English started four of his eight appearances and Thompson all three of his).

The final returns of both the Eastern and Western Conference for the 2010 NBA All-Star Balloting program presented by T-Mobile are listed below:

Western Conference

F – Carmelo Anthony, Denver
F – Tim Duncan, San Antonio
C – Amar’e Stoudemire, Phoenix
G – Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
G – Steve Nash, Phoenix
Eastern Conference
F – Kevin Garnett, Boston

F – LeBron James, Cleveland
C – Dwight Howard, Orlando
G – Allen Iverson, Philadelphia
G – Dwyane Wade, Miami

2010 NBA All-Star Balloting Top-10 Overall Leading Vote-Getters:

1. LeBron James, CLE 2,549,693
2. Kobe Bryant, LAL 2,456,224
3. Dwight Howard, ORL 2,360,096
4. Dwyane Wade, MIA 2,327,550
5. Carmelo Anthony, DEN 2,137,560
6. Kevin Garnett, BOS 1,978,116
7. Amar’e Stoudemire, PHX 1,824,093
8. Allen Iverson, PHI 1,269,568
9. Steve Nash, PHX 1,222,235
10. Chris Bosh, TOR 1,164,007