With his New York Knicks establishing themselves as one of the league's premier teams, the immensely gifted Anthony is beginning to fulfill his potential as a genuine leader.
Yet, he's certainly not the only one.
Some of the league's other shining lights are also surpassing previous benchmarks, cementing their place among the NBA's very best.
Through a variety of ways, these players have raised the standard of their play to a level we hadn't yet witnessed.
While established greats such as Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan continue their sparkling play, the following stars are chasing hard, desperately striving to attain such an impeccable standard.
While it's a tall order to ever be considered alongside those two, the players on this list are in the midst of challenging long-held perceptions and beliefs about their ability as players, and worthiness as champions.
*All stats accurate as of Dec. 24.