How Far Can Carmelo Anthony Carry the New York Knicks?

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Carmelo Anthony has been the MVP of the 2012-13 NBA season up to this point. He is averaging 29.2 PPG, second behind Kobe Bryant (30.3 PPG), and has led the New York Knicks to a 21-10 record.

Anthony brings it every night, scoring less than 20 points just once, and scoring 30+ points in thirteen games. But other than J.R. Smith, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton (out 4-6 weeks) no other Knick is averaging double figures in the scoring column.

In a 105-100 loss to the Portland Trailblazers, Smith and Anthony combined for 73 of the team’s 100 points. Chandler threw in 10 points and Amar’e Stoudmire added 6 in limited action (in his first game of the season as he returns from a knee injury). Three of the Knicks starters (Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, Kurt Thomas) combined for 5 points.

Asking Anthony and Smith to put on a “Batman & Robin” kind of performance like that every night is asking a lot. And it isn’t as if Anthony is putting up more shots than warranted, either. He was 14-24 from the field, and Smith led the team in assists (5) and rebounds (11).

Someone else on the Knicks has got to step up, especially in Felton’s absence. He was good for 14 PPG and 6 APG on a nightly basis, and Kidd (39 years old) and Pablo Prigioni (35 years old) have got to fill that role both offensively and defensively.

Chris Copeland and Stoudemire will see increased minutes as the season goes on, and they will bring some much needed offensive production.

It is time to stop asking Antony to score 35+ points every single night. Someone other than Smith needs to step up in New York.

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