Early MVP? Carmelo Anthony
By Randy Cruz @cruzr83
Albeit it's the first month of the season, many players can be considered for early on MVP. Kevin Durant has played great so far, James Harden was MVP for about a week, Kobe Bryant is putting up 40+ with the flu and LeBron is still LeBron. One thing that definitely goes noticed is the fact that the New York Knicks are playing their best basketball in over a decade, currently six games above .500 and their doing it largely because of their best player, and odds on favorite for early MVP: Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks are 10-4, 2nd in the Atlantic Division and 3rd in the Eastern Conference - ask yourself when was the last time you saw this happen? It might take you back to 1993-1994.
Carmelo Anthony, who always gets a bad rap for being too selfish, not passing enough and only making it out of the first round one time in his nine year career, has been playing the best basketball of his career from an overall standpoint. He's bought into Mike Woodson's system of not only finding his shot, but trusting others in the process. In the first fourteen games, Melo has picked up his defense, rebounded tremendously better, shot considerably well from the floor and for the most part, has let the game come to him.
Take a look at this: Melo is averaging 26.5 ppg, which is third in the NBA, 7 rpg, shooting 47% from the floor, 45% from 3PT range and 80% from the foul line.
This team has played well without Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert - and with Carmelo at the PF early on, it has benefited not only his teammates but himself. It allows him to play more freely, adds more spacing and he's taken advantage of that this month.
There's no doubt that Carmelo Anthony is an All-Star caliber player, one of the best go-to men and post players in the business. and with the way this team has played in November (14 games), and currently in a position in the East where most pundits didn't have them at this early in the season, it's hard to argue against him being the MVP as we speak.