Tonight in Denver, NBA’s Most Versatile Duel: Carmelo Anthony vs. Kevin Durant

December 14th, 2009 by Rich Kurtzman Leave a reply »

Six years ago, when Carmelo Anthony came into the league, I hoped he would one day become as dominant a player as Tracy McGrady. T-Mac was the best small forward in the league at the time, averaging 32 points 6.5 rebounds and a deadly 39 percent three-point shooting percentage and his size (6’8”) is almost identical to Anthony’s.

And sure, it was wishful thinking to expect Melo to evolve into the explosive player McGrady was—but now it seems that Anthony may be even better than T-Mac ever was.


Carmelo Anthony has led the NBA in scoring (30.3) for almost the entire season to this point and his versatility allows the young superstar fill up the basket in a variety of ways.

First and foremost, Melo’s jumper is the smoothest in the game and he can shoot over any defender at will. Whether it be from the baseline, the elbow or for a deep three-pointer—when Anthony’s shot is on, it spells trouble for opponents.

Next, Carmelo’s quickness means he can ta ...

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