For NBA fans, Carmelo Anthony has been an enigma.
On one hand, he is one of the most dominant and purest scorers in the league. His strength in the post against other small forwards makes him difficult to guard. His speed and outside shooting ability make him impossible to guard.
He developed into a pure scorer in Denver out of sheer necessity as he never played with another dominating players -- except a past-his-prime Allen Iverson. Even at Syracuse, Anthony was given full reigns of the offense. In other words, defense was never a big buzz word in Anthony's vocabulary.
That has been the biggest knock on Anthony throughout his career. He can score with the best players in the league, but he had fell woefully short of his potential. This was the guy who came into the league with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. They were the three golden children of the 2003 Draft. While Wade and James have competed for championships for the majority of their careers -- one title and four Finals...