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You never want to give a player an A+ grade at such an early point in the season, but frankly Carmelo Anthony deserves it for his play so far.
If MVP votes were to be taken today, Melo would be your likely winner, as he's the most impressive player on what has been the best team in the league.
As you'd expect, Anthony is doing some real damage on offense, creating major match-up problems for the opposition as he plays the 4.
He's benefited greatly from not having the burden of being used as a point forward, and instead is being set up with great looks by the Knicks' new set of point guards.
That said, Anthony has always been an elite scorer; what's really astonishing is that he's now playing like an elite defender, too.
Melo is now doing some serious work on the defensive end, and though he hasn't matched up with many elite power forwards just yet, his effort has been tremendous.
The Knicks really needed him to step up and be a leader as he entered his first full season with the team, and he's done that, setting the example by diving onto the floor and into the stands for loose balls.
Anthony is also blocking shots at an increased rate, and is generally looking like a great all-around player.
It will take an entire season's worth of work for Anthony to shake off his bad reputation, but he's certainly headed in the right direction.