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Is Carmelo Anthony Overrated?

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When Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks stepped to the free throw line at Barclays Center during a game versus the Brooklyn Nets, chants of ‘overrated’ were heard being shouted by Nets fans.  Just two seasons ago, Melo was hearing ‘MVP’ at Madison Square Garden while shooting free throws, so the questions begs to be asked, is Carmelo Anthony overrated?

It depends who is answering the question.  If you are being totally objective, which is difficult for both fans and detractors of the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony to be, then you can say some things about Melo with certainty.

Carmelo Anthony is arguably the most versatile scorer in the National Basketball Association who has averaged 25.2 points over a career that spans over 800 games.  He can score from the paint and in the post.  He can stop and pop, he can pull up from three and can match range with anyone in the NBA.  And when Melo gets hot and is in his zone, which we have viewed many times in his career with the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks or even while playing for USA Basketball in the Olympics, he is just amazing to watch.

But Kevin Durant is a better, more efficient scorer than Carmelo Anthony, who has averaged 27.3 points per game in a career that spans close to 600 NBA games who shoots a higher percentage from the field, from three, and from the free throw line.  He also averages more rebounds, assists, steals and blocks than Carmelo throughout his career.  There are players like Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden and others who have probably surpassed the 30-year old Syracuse alum, who turns 31 in May.  Notice no mention of LeBron James?  No need to.

So when some say Carmelo is top 5, or even top 10 in the NBA, that just isn’t true.  Anthony has been a defensive liability for his entire career, and has shown questions regarding leadership.  His best season on the court, both from a personal and team perspective, was the 2012-2013 NBA season, where the Knicks were 54-28 and won the Atlantic Division, and Melo led the NBA in scoring with 28.7 points on 45% shooting from the field.

But the Knicks have been awful since, and have a record of 47-85 since, suggesting that NBA veterans like Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas played the roles of leaders on those teams, and not Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo Anthony is one of the most gifted scorers in the NBA, and any basketball fan would be lying if they said they weren’t in awe when Melo got into a zone.  But he isn’t the best player in the NBA, nor top 5 or top 10.  So is he overrated?  It depends who you ask, but in my book, objectively, he is rated just where he needs to be, as arguably the best scorer in the National Basketball Association.

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