Sam SpiegelmanIt shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that Carmelo Anthony is being named The Knicks Blog Player of the Week a second consecutive time.
Last week at this time, Anthony was coming off a 42-point effort in a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans and a record-setting All-Star Game performance. This week, the statistics remain eye-popping, though the Knicks’ record doesn’t match.
Anthony is averaging 41.0 points per game over the past three games, all of which resulted in the losses. The Knicks fell to Atlanta, which is currently occupying the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference; Orlando, which has 17 wins on the season; and the Dallas Mavericks at home, albeit to a devastatingly clutch Dirk Nowitzki buzzer-beater.
Anthony’s recent offensive surge as upped his season average to 28.2 points per game, trailing only Kevin Durant (31.6 points per game) for the NBA’s scoring title. The difference, of course, is Durant is getting his points in a team atop the Western Conference standings.
This has also been Anthony’s best rebounding seasons. He’s averaging 8.6 boards per game — a career-high and 1.2 more per game than his previous mark while with the Nuggets — and has had three 11-rebound games over the past six. It just seems like Anthony is trying to do it all for the Knicks these days.