Throughout his career, Carmelo Anthony has had the reputation of being a great scorer, but not a player that could lead his team to a championship.
This year, he looks more like an MVP than ever before, and he's winning some unlikely converts.
"I feel Melo is going to win a championship some day," Nuggets coach George Karl told reporters before Anthony torched his team for 34 points in the Knicks' 112-106 win on Sunday. "He's going to figure out that numbers and stat sheets aren't important. It's the team scoreboard and intangibles in a game that make winners champions."
Of course, Karl was Anthony's head coach in Denver, where the two clashed so much that it reportedly spurred Anthony's demands to leave.
The 28-year-old is outpacing his career scoring averages with 26.8 points per game, while helping to lead the Knicks to first in the East with a 15-5 record heading into Tuesday night's game at the Nets.
And, for the first time in New York, he's had the pieces in place around him to succeed. Raymond Felton looks like a man rejuvenated in his second stint with the Knicks, averaging 16.6 points and 6.8 assists per game, while hyper-efficient Tyson Chandler is leading the league in shooting while averaging a career-high 12.8 points per game.
"[Anthony's] been great for us," coach Mike Woodson told reporters after the Denver game. "His teammates, they rely on him. And he's relying on guys around him to help him. That's the beauty of our team right now."