2013 NBA All-Star Game: Tyson Chandler makes first All-Star team

The New York Knicks were hoping to send three players to Houston for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.

They will have to settle for two.

January 5, 2013; Orlando FL, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With Carmelo Anthony already voted in as a starter, he will have company in the Lone Star State in the form of his Gold Medal winning teammate Tyson Chandler, who can call himself an All-Star for the first time in his 12-year career.

Chandler was one of five first-time All Stars chosen for the East team for next month’s game in Houston.

He’ll be joined by other first time honorees Joakim Noah of Chicago, Indiana’s Paul George, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, and Philadelphia’s Jrue Holiday.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is more than deserving, averaging 12.2 points and 11.0 rebounds per game (fifth in NBA), while leading the league by shooting 67.4 percent from the floor.

While Chandler was honored Thursday night, the same can’t be said for Knicks’ swingman J.R. Smith.

Smith had the credentials, averaging 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals, off the bench for a team that is currently holding down the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

But despite the Knicks success, Smith came up with the short end of the stick when it comes to making his first career All-Star team.

Smith was likely hurt in the voting because he is not a starter and has a poor shooting percentage (40 percent). He also entered the season with a reputation of an inconsistent player, which probably prevented some coaches from voting for him.

Chicago’s Luol Deng and Miami’s Chris Bosh round out the Eastern Conference reserves.

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