Carmelo Anthony: Is He Really an Elite Player?

September 23rd, 2010 by Tom Smith Leave a reply »
News of Carmelo Anthony's apparent desire to flee a good situation in Denver, and the incessant reports of possible trade partners and scenarios for the Nuggets, has been dominating the NBA headlines for weeks. That will likely be the case until either a deal is worked out, or until the season actually starts.

Once play starts, all talk around the league will probably go back to the Miami Heat—how many games will they win, how will Team X fare against them on a given night, etc.

For now though, we're stuck with 'Melo.

This begs a question—is Carmelo really an elite player in the league?

In a futile effort to stave off the the cries of "hater" that will likely be directed here, let me first say that I do not care where Carmelo plays. I do not have a horse in this race. I also do not have anything against the kid personally. I also will state very clearly that he is a player that I enjoy watching—been that way since his season at Syracuse.

I'll start off with my personal definition of an elite player.

First, I would say that an elite player is one that any team should want to build a team around ...

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