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Prime Remaining: 3-4 years
Carmelo Anthony may be one of the easiest players to critique in the NBA, but he's also one of the players who helps boost a star-driven league.
With Anthony's transition to the low block, he's adding efficiency to his once sporadic game. He's attempting nearly three more shots per game than in 2011-12, but his shooting percentage has been higher, which is a pleasant surprise for fans in New York.
As much as Anthony has done to improve his game, he hasn't done enough to convince the world that he's a changed man, and that will determine how long he can dominate the NBA game.
If Anthony understands the value of bullying smaller bodies down low, it will do wonders for him at the end of his prime. He'll be able to extend his stardom beyond his early 30s, and he'll be one of the rare players who adjusts his game and keeps it that way.
The problem is, he's already lost some of the efficiency that he had to begin the year, and it's easy to picture him falling into old habits.
Anthony will turn 30 during the 2013-14 season, and if he tries to play the point-forward role that he's leaned toward for nearly 10 years, he might be looking at the beginning of the end as a great NBA player.