Breaking Down Carmelo Anthony's Case for NBA MVP

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Breaking Down Carmelo Anthony's Case for NBA MVP
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Carmelo Anthony has the MVP trophy in his sights.

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.

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