2013 NBA Award Predictions: Where the Knicks stand in the award races

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Carmelo Anthony – MVP

Anthony is in the class of the elite. As I type this he is the scoring leader over Kevin Durant by a nose hair. That title will won’t be decided until the last minute of the season but has the MVP? I feel like there were three classes of this race until about two weeks ago but the gap is closing.

Apr 7, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts to a play against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

First there was the LeBron James class. The King was in a class of his own with his record six game streak of 30-plus points and shooting over 60 percent from the field. He followed up this personal record by testing an all-time team record by leading the Miami Heat to 27 straight wins. LeBron’s game speaks for himself but he has had the spotlight taken from him by Carmelo Anthony’s play.

The next class was the Kevin Durant class. Durant is having an amazing season, one of the all-time best shooting seasons. Durant is shooting over 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the charity stripe. Those numbers are remarkable in itself but to add on that he has led the league in scoring for a majority of the season is incredible. He one of the most efficient players in the league and one of the best scorers, an extremely rare combo.

The next class is where Anthony lies along with Chris Paul. These two are elite players and up there as the best in their respective positions. They both play in the biggest markets and have led their teams to the best seasons their franchises have seen in quite some time. The Clippers were the laughing stock of the league for their entire existence until Paul came and made them a legitimate title threat. The Knicks were a once proud franchise but had fallen to the depths of the NBA due to horrible management. Carmelo single handily changed that is having the best season of his career.

If Anthony can hold on to the scoring title these last six games it will be an amazing accomplishment, but I don’t think it will be enough to overtake the King. LeBron might not be in the headlines but it will be foolish to forget what he has done this season. Carmelo has also missed 13 games, which doesn’t help his chances.

I love Carmelo and have faith he can take the Knicks deep into the playoffs and maybe even take down LeBron and the Heat, but he can’t sway voters to jump him over LeBron in a MVP vote. He can be the runner-up, which is still a fantastic season but we know they don’t give out trophies for second place. If Carmelo believes he is the MVP and falls short, he can use it as extra motivation to take down the King in the playoffs.

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