By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
The NBA Awards season is among us and the Knicks are a team that figured to have plenty of players mentioned. J.R. Smith started it off by bringing home the Sixth Man of the Year Award, which Mike Woodson receiving votes for Coach of the Year and Glen Grunwald receiving votes for executive of the year.
Carmelo Anthony added another distinction in being named to All-NBA Second Team along with Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Lebron James of the Miami Heat, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers were named to the first team, while the third team consisted of David Lee of the Golden State Warriors, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat and James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Other Knicks to receive votes and points were Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.
For Anthony, this is the sixth time in his career he was named to an All-NBA Team and the second time he made second team. It was a well deserved honor for Anthony, who finished third in the Most Valuable Player voting, receiving one first place vote. Anthony had a strong season for the Knicks, averaging 28.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and a career high 37.9 percent from the three point line. Anthony was the first Knick player to lead the NBA in scoring since his idol Bernard King did it during the 1984-1985 season.
Anthony also led the Knicks to one of their best seasons in recent history, as the 54 regular season wins are the most since the 1999-2000 team won 50, also the last time the Knicks won a playoff series before this season. This was the first Atlantic Division title the Knicks won since the 1993-1994 season as well.
In addition, Chandler was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team after winning Defensive Player of the Year last season and being named to NBA All-Defensive Second Team. He was joined by James, Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies and Paul. The second team consisted of Duncan, George, Gasol, Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics and Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies. Chandler and Noah tied with points, hence why there are six members of the first team. Iman Shumpert also received one point to be the NBA All-Defensive Teams.
Chandler had another strong season in the middle for the Knicks, averaging 10.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Chandler is a culture changer and has changed the attitude of the Knicks since he has arrived. He struggled through injuries at the end of the regular season, missing 16 of the last 20 games, but he gave the Knicks everything he had once again being the only viable option Woodson would use at center.
Chandler struggled in the playoffs as he looked as he was trying to get back into the swing of things but without him leading the defense and Anthony leading the offense this team would have been a lot worse.