Carmelo Anthony.

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony insists he is in his prime right now

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Carmelo Anthony's career has not exactly gone to plan since his trade to the New York Knicks in 2011.

A severe dip in form from the Big Apple franchise saw them miss out on the playoffs and finish 13th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 32-50. It means Anthony, a nine-time All-Star, has not participated in the postseason action since 2013.

Melo hardly had a vintage season. Despite being voted to the starting five for the All-Star game in Toronto, his 21.8 points per game was the lowest average of his time at Madison Square Garden, and his shooting clip of 43.4 percent from the field was his poorest in a full season with the Knicks.

However, despite this, the forward believes he is in his prime right now and is planning to emulate Kobe Bryant before he retires.

As per CNBC, he said: "I think I'm in the prime of my career right now. I have years to go in this league. I see guys playing 20 years. That's a goal of mine - to play 20 NBA seasons."

New York is without a lottery pick in the upcoming draft, having given their seventh choice to the Denver Nuggets, so free agency will be huge for the organisation in the summer.

Having hired Jeff Hornacek as their new head coach, the next aim is to find a supporting cast that can help draw the best from Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis and hopefully take the franchise back to the playoffs.

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