Carmelo Anthony is one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA. He can shoot the ball, post-up, and crash the glass on both ends of the floor. With that said, people continue to ask whether or not he is a superstar in the league.
People have their doubts about Anthony due to his lack of winning in the playoffs. Others will question whether or not he can play defense or be a good enough team player to get his team past that playoff hump.
As the third overall pick for the Denver Nuggets in the 2003 NBA draft, Anthony had a lot of expectations, especially after he led Syracuse University to an NCAA Championship. The Nuggets made the playoffs in all seven seasons that Anthony was a part of the team, but only got out of the first round one time. The sole instance that Denver was able to escape the first round provided a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in the Western Conference Finals.
Carmelo Anthony is a lot like Peyton Manning. They both have experienced great regular season success, but seem to come up short in the playoffs, aside from Manning winning one of the two Super Bowls he has been to, where Melo hasn’t ever been to an NBA Finals.
Over the course of his 10-year career, Melo has enjoyed great success in the regular season. He has averaged 25 points per game while shooting 46% from the field and pulling down 6.4 rebounds a game. In Denver, he was the man, but often lacked a great supporting cast around him.
Anthony forced Denver into a corner at the 2011 trade deadline, as it was likely he was going to leave that coming offseason and head to New York to play for the Knicks . The Nuggets could either wait it out and let Melo walk for nothing in the offseason or trade him and get something for him. They chose the latter. With Melo in New York today, teammates like A’mare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler give him the supporting cast necessary for him to succeed.
Melo and the Knicks have made the playoffs each year he’s been a member of the team, including getting the second seed this season. The city of New York has high expectations this year for its Knickerbockers, seemingly having the potential to reach the Eastern Conference Finals, which could set up a possible date with the reigning defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
The biggest story line people will be watching in regards to the Knicks is whether or not Carmelo can lead them out of the first round and potentially to the finals for a chance to win the title.
Led by an MVP-like season by Anthony, this season was huge for the Knicks. He averaged 28.7 points per game and will win his first scoring title of his career. Anthony shot 38% from the three-point line, the second best mark of his career, making 2.3 three pointers per game.
April was Anthony’s best month, torching the nets and averaging 36.9 points per game. He started off the month by scoring 50 points against the Miami Heat in Miami then followed that up with a 40 point game the very next night. He scored at least 36 points in six straight games. He is no longer coming down and just firing away, instead finding his shot and getting into a rhythm in the groove of the offense.
Carmelo led the Knicks to its first 50-win season since the 1999-2000 season and its first Atlantic Division crown since 1994. That will all go for broke if Anthony cannot lead the Knicks past the first round against the Boston Celtics.
To some, Anthony is a superstar in the league, but to others he has yet to prove himself as such. With the playoffs right around the corner, is Carmelo Anthony a superstar?