You may not have heard, but Carmelo Anthony is chasing the NBA MVP award.
The basketball community prepared to strip Anthony of his star status after a subpar 2011-12 season, but he has turned it around with drastically better play in 2012-13.
A year after recording his most inefficient scoring numbers, Anthony is averaging a career-high 29.2 points per game. After critics questioned his commitment to defense, he has buckled down and given a concerted effort on both sides of the floor.
While Knicks fans declare their support for his MVP candidacy every time he steps up to the free-throw line, they unfortunately do not have a say in the matter.
He is certainly a valuable player, but does that mean he has flourished enough to pass the game's elite? Is he now a genuine MVP, or is everyone desperate for New York to finally possess a top superstar?
Let's take a look at Anthony's credentials.