Carmelo Anthony has been nothing short of phenomenal this season for the New York Knicks. He is giving New York 28.5 points per game, and has led the Knicks to a 34-20 record.
Anthony is in the running for 2012-13 NBA MVP, but one of his teammates, fellow All-Star Tyson Chandler, could share the title of most valuable player in New York.
Chandler does whatever the Knicks need him to do on a nightly basis. He has scored 20+ points on many nights, and hasn’t scored on others. In New York’s most recent contest, Chandler grabbed a career-high 28 rebounds and poured in 16 points on just nine shot attempts (5-9 from the field).
The Knicks have no true backup for the Chandler, so he has to play an extremely high amount of minutes for a 7’1” center. He is currently giving New York 33.3 minutes a night, but he has surpassed that in each of the Knicks’ last five games.
Chandler, the reigning 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year, is the anchor of New York’s much improved defense that is currently ranked 10th in the league in points allowed (96.5 per night).
As the Knicks move forward into the second half of the season, and then (hopefully) the playoffs, Anthony will be the center of attention. However, the Knicks would not be sitting in the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference in 2012-13 without their big man.
Although he won’t receive it, Chandler deserves as much credit as Anthony does for New York’s success.