Jan 7, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Carmelo Anthony: 'Melo to Start in All-Star Game

Jan 13, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Phoenix Suns during the first quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 13, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Phoenix Suns during the first quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks may be in the midst of a five-game losing streak, they may be running out of time to turn it around, they may be losing players to injuries left and right, they may be facing the possibility of losing their franchise player for nothing… but at least there’s the All-Star Game!

Tonight on TNT, the starters for the NBA All-Star Game were announced, and Carmelo Anthony was voted to start for the Eastern Conference. ‘Melo was voted in with 935,702 votes, third most in the East, sixth most in all of the NBA.

Here’s a graphic of the starters for the game:

asg startersIt has to be one of the strangest East starting lineups in NBA history without a true center or, arguably, power forward. Nonetheless, it’s a worthy crew, particularly the frontcourt for the East. Carmelo Anthony may draw some criticism because the Knicks aren’t in the playoffs as of right now. Nonetheless, Anthony is averaging 26 points per games, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists, which would put him in the MVP conversation if the Knicks as a whole weren’t so lousy. Kevin Love deservedly got the nod, too, despite his team’s weak record.

All in all, congrats to Anthony — it’s good to have a Knick in the festivities!

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