5 Reasons to Believe Carmelo Anthony Is Ready to Finally Evolve

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5 Reasons to Believe Carmelo Anthony Is Ready to Finally Evolve
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Carmelo Anthony

Leading the scorching New York Knicks with some of the best basketball of his career, it appears Carmelo Anthony is ready to make the leap from star to superstar.

Though he has his detractors, no one can reasonably deny Melo's skills. He has uncommon strength for a guy as agile as he is. With his underrated dribbling and his effectiveness around the basket, Melo is nearly unstoppable on the isolation. Tack on his shooting ability and his fearlessness with the ball in his hands, and you get one of the most dangerous scorers in the world.

Unfortunately, Anthony has only allowed glimpses of a well-rounded game in his nine years in the NBA. He has rebounded well for a small forward, but his defensive play has been heavily dependent on his mood. His decision-making with the ball has also been questioned, and Melo has been labeled selfish for his insistence on taking contested jumpers rather than looking for an open man.

So far this season, Anthony's numbers look very similar to his career averages, but the way he is compiling them has changed slightly. Let's take a look at how this is a new Melo capable of greater things, including some that don't show up so clearly on a stat sheet.

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