The latest news on the Carmelo Anthony trade front is that the Denver Nuggets are asking the Knicks for three starters along with Eddy Curry and a first-round pick for Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, Those starters are Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari and presumably Landry Fields, as Wilson Chandler's play has fallen off a cliff of late.
This got me to thinking: Why does everybody think Anthony is a superstar that is worth three young, starting-caliber players with All-Star potential? Anthony is a star and a great scorer, no question about it, but a true superstar makes people better and contributes in more than one aspect of the game.
Case in point: On February 7 against Houston, Anthony scored 50 points, the second player to do that in the NBA this season. But despite touching the ball constantly, taking 24 shots and getting to the foul line 18 times, he didn't record an assist. Not one. I don't even know how that's possible, but it proves a point about Anthony. He's selfish.
Selfish players don't lead teams to NBA titles. Anybody who thinks Kobe Bryant is a selfish player has never watched Carmelo Anthony play. Bryant has the ability to make others better and knows when to defer; Anthony doesn't. When he doesn't score, he struggles to have an impact on any game.
While I don't believe there are 10 superstars in the NBA right now, there are still stars who are better than Anthony. So without further ado and in no particular order...