New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony believes he is the most underrated star in the NBA according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.
Is Anthony underrated?
In a recent one to one interview with Broussard, Anthony laughed away as he explained: "I think I'm the most underrated superstar that's out there but that doesn't matter to me,"
The comments made by the Knicks superstar stem from a question raised of whether Anthony's talents are fully appreciated because he has not yet climbed the proverbial NBA mountain and won a championship.
Anthony responded: "I know what I'm capable of doing. I know the grind and the hard work I put in to this, I know how consistent I've been over my career. To do it day in and day out and night in and night out on a very consistent basis year in year out, I know what I can do and I know the work I've put in."
He continued: "So as far as caring about if I'm underrated as a superstar, and getting the respect I deserve, I don't worry about that. In due time if everything goes well, I will get it."
Blame with 'Melo
Anthony's offensive output has never been in question, he is one of the most dominant scorers in the league, consistently in the race for NBA scoring title having lead the league in 2012-13 and finishing runner-up to MVP Kevin Durant last season.
Despite becoming an offensive juggernaut, question marks have always been raised of whether Anthony can lead a team and whether his skills really lend itself to team success at an elite level.
The seven-time All-star has arguably had one of the most depreciated team's talent wise built around him, however it cannot be ignored that Anthony has only advanced past the second round of the playoffs just once in his 12 years in the league.
Not in a class with LeBron and Durant
Unfortunately for Anthony, his closest comparison throughout his career is to fellow 2003 draftee LeBron James, both players were touted for stardom at a young age and having come out of the same draft class, LeBron's success has always highlighted Anthony's lack of.
Anthony was also asked by ESPN's Broussard whether he is bothered by the notion of not being known in the same class as LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the men widely recognised as the two top players in the NBA.
He responded: "I know, personally, I'm there. It doesn't bother me, These (analysts) are all people that maybe never accomplish anything. That just sit back and write articles all day long about what they see. They're kind of living through us out there on the basketball court.
"I don't worry about me being put up there. I know night in and night out I'm gonna go out there and put my work in regardless of win loss or draw. I'm still going to go out there and be the best player I can be."
Committing to the Knicks
Anthony ultimately entertained free agency over the summer but eventually re-signed with the New York Knicks, citing "unfinished business" for his commitment to the team.
He said: "I kind of forced my way to New York and I have some unfinished business to take care of, I wouldn't have felt right from a personal standpoint, just getting up and leaving."
He is now joined by Team President Phil Jackson who certainly knows a thing or two about winning an NBA Championship, having compiled 11 rings as part of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, working with legends like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Jackson will now implement his triangle offence that will look to put Anthony in a primary position to succeed and extract the best qualities of his already extraordinary offensive talents.