Needless to say, the 2013-14 season is one to forget for current New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony.
Not only did he miss out on the playoff for the first time in his career, but Anthony found out on Wednesday that he was not included when the league announced their 2014 All-NBA Teams.
The question is should he have been included?
On the surface that answer is yes.
Despite the Knicks struggles, Anthony actually had a better statistical season than he had in 2013 when he finished third in the league’s MVP voting.
‘Melo averaged 2.74 points per game, which was down slightly from the 28.7 he average in 2013 when he won the league’s scoring title.
But Anthony also played more minutes (38.7), shot a higher percentage from the floor (.452), and from behind the arc (.402). Throw in the fact that he shot better from the free-throw line (.848), grabbed more rebounds (8.1), dished out more assists (3.1) and got more steals (1.2) per game and this season was a very good one for ‘Melo.
So why wasn’t he included?
Then there is the fact that you would have to take a forward off the teams and when you look at the likes of Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Love, Blake Griffin, Paul George and LaMarcus Aldridge, it is difficult to make a case for Anthony over any of the guys selected ahead of him.
You look at the two third team guys in George and Aldridge and it could create quite the debate.
George had a great year and was also was a First-Team All-Defense selection, while Anthony would never be included in that conversation. Aldridge also had a tremendous year while leading his team to the playoffs.
At the end of the day Anthony certainly deserved to be included on one of these teams, but who he would replace is the question to ask.
It’s hard to argue against any of the guys who made it ahead of him.
The 2014 season certainly was one to forget for Anthony. You can be sure he comes back with a vengeance next season.
The only question is what uniform he will be doing it in.
Here’s a look at the complete 2014 All-NBA Teams.
C- Joakim Noah
G- Chris Paul
G- James Harden
G- Tony Parker
C- Al Jefferson