Carmelo Anthony: The Most Difficult Matchup in the NBA

November 26th, 2009 by Courtzide Seatz Leave a reply »

Conversations about the best pure scorer in the NBA always start with the usual suspects: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James are almost always the unanimous choices and, more often than not, dominate the discussions.

However, this year Carmelo Anthony has clearly introduced himself into this debate by asserting his dominance as an offensive sensation. In terms of the difficulties an individual player creates in the game planning process, I don't think that there is a tougher matchup to plan for than Carmelo Anthony.

Against smaller players, 'Melo can post up and use his size on the block to power his way to easy buckets. He is one of the best post-players in the NBA, and this might be the most underrated part of his game. He is very powerful for a small forward, and he uses his imposing strength to finish with contact better than almost any other player in the league.

Against bigger players, he can use his jab step to create the necessary ...

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