Carmelo Anthony is a Legitimate MVP Candidate

By Thomas Duffy
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LeBron James is going for his fourth MVP award in the last five years. James has led the Miami Heat to the best record in the NBA (60-16), the top spot in the Eastern Conference, and the second longest winning streak in NBA history with 27 straight victories this season.

James’ individual performance for the Heat has been impeccable. He is putting up 26.9 points, 7.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds per game. There was a stretch of six straight games in which James scored 30+ points with a 60+ shooting percentage. The dude is playing on another level, and is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest players of all time.

James will win the MVP award this season.

However, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks has played himself into the conversation.

Anthony has carried the Knicks to the second seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 50-26. This is New York’s first 50+ win season since the 1999-2000 season, and the team is a game away from clinching the Atlantic Division for the first time since 1993-1994.

Anthony is the now the leading scorer in the NBA with 28.4 points per game. In his last four games, he has combined for 167 points, and over that stretch became the first Knick since Bernard King in 1984 to record three consecutive 40+ point games. Had he not been hampered by a knee injury for a couple weeks in March, Anthony could easily be averaging 30 PPG.

Although Anthony is a superior scorer, James does things consistently that Anthony only shows flashes of. James is dishing out nearly five more assists per game than Anthony is, as well as almost two more rebounds. Against the Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday, however, Anthony totaled 12 rebounds (9 on the offensive glass).

It’s a shame that Anthony will not be honored as the Most Valuable Plater, because James has to win the award. Anthony is more than deserving of the title, but could receive his revenge in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat.

Anthony has done so much this season, but the most impressive thing that he has done is turn the Knicks into championship contenders.

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