Carmelo Anthony: 4 Shocking Comparisons Made Obvious by Advanced Statistics

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Carmelo Anthony: 4 Shocking Comparisons Made Obvious by Advanced Statistics
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New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony is one of the most polarizing players in the NBA and even in American sports as a whole.

In his prime years, Carmelo has been consistently ranked in the second tier of NBA players, near the top. He was voted to the All-NBA Third Team four times in the last seven years, which places him as a top-15 player in voters' minds.

Some of his biggest supporters even think of him as an MVP candidate. Yet many others view him as a negative for the Knicks and even call for him to be traded. 

It is clear that Carmelo has cemented his celebrity status with the move to New York City. However, should he be considered one of the more valuable NBA players?

Using objective, advanced statistics—as opposed to flash and celebrity—exposes some surprising aspects of Carmelo's performance. Here are four comparisons that stand out from the rest and the implications made by the statistics.

Take these with a small grain of salt, as we all know excuses can be made.

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