Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
He said he was a changed man going into training camp, and Carmelo Anthony has shown it so far in these first few games of the season.
Scoring is still the name of the game for Melo, but it's been impressive the way he's improved his effort on defense, on the boards and moving the basketball.
There have been plenty of questions about whether Anthony is the leader the Knicks need him to be, but so far he's answered all of them.
Obviously, it is still early in the season, so Anthony cannot afford to get complacent on either end of the floor. But if he keeps up the effort, he should have continued success throughout the season.
Offensively, we've seen just what we expected from Melo, as he's averaging 28.5 points per game so far.
His efficiency putting the ball in the basket has been a little off with only a 43 percent field goal percentage, but for the most part he's playing smart basketball on that end of the floor. With a player like Anthony, you'd expect his shots to start falling eventually.