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Top 5 Reasons Why Carmelo Anthony Will Never Win A Title

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Top 5 Reasons Why Carmelo Anthony Will Never Win A Title

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Carmelo Anthony was part of quite possibly the greatest draft class ever assembled in 2003. Alongside players like LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, Anthony was, at the time, considered the best of the group after his exploits in his one season at Syracuse.

Anthony led the Orangemen to the national title in his only season. He was selected No. 3 overall by the Denver Nuggets, passed by the Detroit Pistons who selected Darko Milicic after the Cleveland Cavaliers selected James first.

Anthony's time in Denver was mixed as he was talented enough to get the Nuggets into the postseason, yet in all but one of his seasons (2008-09) the Nuggets failed to advance past the first-round.

Anthony then could not make his mind up as he was mulling whether to stay in Denver or look for better options in mid-season. In the end, Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks.

His time with the Knicks might soon be over as Anthony has previously stated that he would test free agency in the summer of 2014.

Anthony's four seasons in the Big Apple also have not produced the likeliest results for such a talented player with only one postseason in which Anthony advanced past the first round (2012-13).

While I know Anthony is one of the best players in the game and one of the most talented offensive players in the league, he will never win an NBA championship.

As with every team sport, not everything can be pinned on Anthony, but if you're a superstar you get the share of the blame when things go bad and the credit when thing go well.

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5. Lack of a Solid Supporting Cast

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I can make the argument that J.R. Smith, a perennial sixth man candidate, has been Anthony's best supporting player.

While Anthony has played with some big name players in Allen Iverson and Amare Stoudemire, both players were not like they were in their glory days.

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4. Carmelo is a Defensve Liability

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The best players of all time have played at both ends of the court. Greats like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Magic Johnson were just as dedicated on defense as they were on offense.

To be fair to Anthony, each of the coaches he has been with aren't defensive savants and in some cases didn't care abut that side of the ball (Mike D'Antoni).

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3. Carmelo is Offensively Inefficient

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With Carmelo Anthony, there are too many box scores that read like 34 points on 28 shots or 45 points on 31 shots.

Bulk shooting is not the answer for Anthony whoeither charges through three defenders in the paint when he gets the ball or jacks up contested jumpers while trying to play one on five.

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2. Once Carmelo Gets the Ball, No One Else Gets it Back

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There's no coincidence that you can't spell Carmelo without "Me." Anthony is a selfish player who only cares about getting his stats.

No continuity is established on offense as Anthony will focus on his own game and not make teammates better. The number of zero assist games is quite drastic as well.

As one NBA commentator previously stated, "Carmelo Anthony is like a black hole; the ball goes in and never goes back out."

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1. No Other NBA Superstars Want to Play with Carmelo

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Not many players are lining up at the door to play with Carmelo Anthony. In Denver, players like Allen Iverson and Chauncey Billups were brought in to be the No. 2 option. The Iverson experiment failed while Billups worked well with Anthony but was not a superstar.

In New York, Anthony's best No. 2 option is J.R. Smith who can go south mentally in an instant. Others like Andrea Bargnani and retreads like Metta World Peace and Rasheed Wallace also haven't worked played with Anthony.

In Miami, mid-level players like Shane Battier, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis wanted to play with James and Wade with minimal contracts because James is a team-first player. There they know that if they perform their roles they will have opportunities to excel.