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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Carmelo second in voting for All-Star team

By Ian Begley

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is second overall in voting for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, the NBA announced on Thursday. Anthony is behind Miami's LeBron James for the top spot in the conference.

Tyson Chandler is fifth among frontcourt players. Amar'e Stoudemire, who has yet to play a regular season game for the Knicks, is 10th. Nets center Brook Lopez is 14th.

In an new voting wrinkle this season, voters select three frontcourt players and two guards from each conference. Previously, the ballot featured three positions with fans picking two guards, two forwards and a center. Fans vote for the starters in the All Star game. Coaches vote on the All-Star reserves.

In the Western Conference, ex-Knick Jeremy Lin is third among guards, ahead of Rockets teammate James Harden.

It makes sense that Anthony is second overall in the Eastern Conference. Anthony's averaging 27.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for the Knicks, who have the best record in the conference entering play Thursday.

It also makes sense that Chandler would be among the leaders in the front court. He leads the NBA in field goal percentage (70%). But if voting ended today, Chandler would need to be selected by the coaches to play in the game.

Balloting will conclude on Jan. 14, and starters will be announced live on TNT on Jan. 17.