Have a perusal of these 2 articles, and consider just how capable Carmelo Anthony is of exceeding the hype. We, as Knick fans, often balk at the ratings/positions he receives in articles such as 'Top 30 NBA players' for example: often he winds up somewhere between numbers 18-22.
If you ask me, he's going to be the catalyst of this team's success in the soon to commence shortened season. This, IMO, is his year to fail and fall, or to succeed and be anointed as one of the absolute best in the NBA.
Where he stands now amongst his superstar peers is a matter of opinion, professional, respected or otherwise.
The question here, however, is just how good can Melo be? If he amplifies his game as a facilitator and defender, then will he be anointed as one of the NBA's true elite? He already boasts the 'single name moniker' as do Lebron, Kobe, Dirk and so on, but now it's time to breach that next level of stardom by being the elite leader of an elite team.
This is his time to truly shine.
Carmelo Anthony is excited about his new role as point-forward of the Knicks.
"For me to have the ball in my hands and to run the offense, I kind of enjoy doing that," Anthony said. "I have a lot of guys that I can kick the ball to and make something happen -- get people in their position, get people in their spots and get guys where they feel comfortable at. That's something that I've been trying to do throughout this whole training camp."
Anthony has seen the court open up more, especially with Tyson Chandler in the lineup.
"It changes tremendously, man -- just having him to the roll to the basket, having Amare popping on the backside, Toney [Douglas], Landry [Fields] open on the strong side," Anthony said. "We have a lot of options out there on the court; it's just matter of us getting it down pat. That's going to take some time, but we've been getting better at that."
Carmelo Anthony is well-known as one of the best scorers in the NBA.
Defense? That's another story.
No one has ever called Anthony a defensive stopper.
But he says he wants that to change. He's 'tired' of hearing that he and the Knicks don't play defense.
"I want to push myself out there on the defensive end," Anthony said on Wednesday after the Knicks' final preseason game. "I get tired of hearing we don't play defense, I don't play defense. I just want to go out there and just do it. I'd rather not [talk about] what I can do out there, I'd rather just do it."
If there's any conclusion to be drawn from the two-game preseason, it's that the Knicks should be vastly improved on defense with Tyson Chandler in the middle.
Last year, they allowed 105.7 points per game -- tied for the third-highest total in the league. They gave up an average of 45.4 points in the paint (fifth highest in the NBA) and were out-rebounded by 3.5 boards per game.
What do you think, gents?