How’s that for a head line? I know some of you are thinking what does Stephen mean, Melo’s not elite? Or maybe some of you are saying, speak the truth, Mr. Ajamie. But either way you look at it, it’s going to be a great debate. I am on the side of non elite because I feel like as good as Anthony has been, he’s really just a scorer. Since I’ve been all about comparing players in the past couple of weeks, I look at Carmelo Anthony in the Allen Iverson mode. A great scorer, but can’t do much of anything else. And I’d probably put Melo up Iverson as someone who’s able to do a bit more on the offensive end. But where Iverson does have one edge is that he did make it to the NBA Finals with the Philadelphia Sixers in 2000-2001, where he tried all he could to beat the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers. He also won the Most Valuable Player award that season for truly a great year.
So what does Melo have to do to earn Elite Status? For me, he has to get to the NBA Finals, and I don’t know if that happens with the New York Knicks team. He’s obviously always going to be a top player from his draft class. But look at that class, and you see Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, even Chris Bosh, who all have earned titles. Wade has two, and is playing along side Lebron on their way to another possible one with the way they’re playing this season.
As long as Lebron James is playing that probably takes away any thought of Melo earning MVP as well. Truly, I don’t know if Melo makes it to that Elite Level of player that some fans have him at. He’s a great scorer, but all around, his game just doesn’t do enough. Sure a game winning shot here and there builds up the mystique. But what about all around play to carry your team somewhere. If the Knicks fall in the second round, isn’t that quite a disappointment as they should have a great shot at the Conference Finals, and who knows what could happen there. Carmelo Anthony to me just has some mighty work to do to really earn another level of superstardom.
Where do you rank Carmelo Anthony on the level of playing ability?