NBA 2012-13: Is Carmelo Anthony the New York Knicks' Most Valuable Player?

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NBA 2012-13: Is Carmelo Anthony the New York Knicks' Most Valuable Player?
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Many NBA teams have a clear franchise player. The Miami Heat are LeBron's team. The Los Angeles Lakers are Kobe's team. The Boston Celtics are now Rajon Rondo's team.

So whose team is the New York Knicks? Is there an answer?

One option is small forward Carmelo Anthony, a controversial player whom some view as a superstar. A very different option would be center and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler.

Chandler has been called the Knicks' "ringleader" and has had his name brought up in MVP discussions.

The Anthony vs. Chandler debate is naturally polarizing. Chandler has had team success and was the league's Defensive Player of the Year this past season. He helped the Charlotte Bobcats (2010) and the Dallas Mavericks (2011) achieve the best results in their respective franchise histories.

Anthony is a more explosive player, but is known more for his one-on-one skills than his five-on-five skills.

Considering a variety of factors, here's my take on which of the two is the Knicks' MVP.

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