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Carmelo Anthony has to take advantage of Kristaps Porzingis's superstar development

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Carmelo Anthony's time with the New York Knicks has been a disappointment, to say the least. Five and a half seasons has provided just one conference semi-finals appearance and resulted in three consecutive years outside the top eight.

For a superstar of his calibre - often considered in the top ten current players in the league - it is simply not good enough. Melo certainly isn't faultless in all of this, but the forward now has a chance to put all of his previous issues in the past and work towards a better future in New York.

There is a season and a half remaining until the perennial All-Star can activate a release clause in his contract, but the Knicks are in arguably their best position since he joined from Denver. It's a far from perfect scenario, but it shows how bad the franchise has been.

Kristaps Porzingis offers them a bright future, and there is already talk that he has surpassed Anthony as the best player in the Big Apple. Melo has never really had a superstar teammate, and past storylines show he hasn't coped well with sharing the limelight, but it all seems different right now.

15 games into the new campaign, the 32-year-old's averages are at 23.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists, all while shooting 8.7 times a night, in line with his career averages, but his usage percentage - 29% - is at its lowest since his rookie season.

New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

Why? Because he has teammates capable of sharing the burden. Porzingis has already had two 30+ points games this season while Derrick Rose, who has admitted he is no longer 'vintage' can still have a huge impact, emphasised by his game-winning block during last night's win over the Hornets.

And there is promise in the roster; Kyle O'Quinn, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings all play their roles well. The one glaring issue is Joakim Noah's monster four-year which - like it did at the time - appears to be a huge error in judgement.

They are not championship calibre, but the Knicks are coming along well. They currently have the look of a playoff-worthy team in the Eastern Conference - if they can make it to the postseason, who's to say how far they can go.

If you believe in Anthony's ability, then he can come up trumps when it really matters. They have two bonafide superstars in the Garden for the first time in years and a supporting cast that, with a few good adjustments, could be very useful. But the most important aspect; Melo is buying into the team ethos.

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He knows he can't win a ring on his own - even his best friend LeBron James needed help. So it appears, like the rest of New York, that the Syracuse alum is jumping on the Latvian bandwagon, and it will be an exciting - if not fruitful - ride for the league's biggest franchise.

Topics:
New York Knicks
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Kristaps Porzingis
Carmelo Anthony

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