The biggest current mystery in American sport?
Here’s my nomination:
Carmelo Anthony averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the New York Knicks and did not make the NBA’s first, second or third all-star team.
He delivered what might have been the best season of his career, and he receives no love.
LeBron James has announced he’s opting out of his contract, and the waters have parted. This makes sense. He’s the best basketball player in the world.
But Carmelo is not far behind. He’s one of the top five or six players on our planet. He has the talent to shake up the NBA as he leaps into the free agent pool.
Yes, Carmelo made a mistake, if you’re talking strictly about basketball, by leaping to the Knicks. He went from the Nuggets, then strong, to the Knicks, then relatively weak.
He could still win at least one championship, and we’re talking about as the featured player. I realize this is not a currently popular view of Anthony, who has fallen out of favor with those who vote for NBA all-star teams along with several million fans.
Yes, Carmelo struggles on defense, and he’s not the most generous passer.
But he might be the most dangerous player in the NBA with the ball in his hands when he’s in scoring position.
The man can play, even if voters are suddenly blind to this fact.