Carmelo Anthony did everything in his power to push New York into the playoffs this season, but it wasn't enough. Had the rest of the team shown up, though, make no mistake that Melo would have been an MVP contender once again in 2013-14.
Offensively, Anthony's year was not dissimilar to the campaign that saw him win the scoring title last season. The only difference is that he averaged 1.3 fewer points and shot a better percentage from outside.
What was impressive about Anthony this time around is that he improved in other areas, namely rebounding, passing and defense.
Melo even broke the franchise record for scoring in a game with a 62-point night in January; a game that appears just as out of place in the context of this season as Anthony does on a subpar team like this.
The one downside to Melo's season was his inability to perform in the clutch. Anthony has built a reputation as one of the league's best closers, but one wouldn't have known it based on his late-game performances.
Melo isn't completely to blame for his late-game struggles (it would help if there were other offensive threats on the floor), but players on his level are expected to get the job done regardless.