Carmelo Anthony believes he's a better shooter than LeBron James and Stephen Curry

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Carmelo Anthony has not had the best of seasons with the New York Knicks. In fact, the past three years have been far from ideal as the Big Apple franchise have failed to reach the playoffs. 

There is no doubting his stature as a superstar in the NBA but, in the 2015-16 campaign, he posted some of the lowest shooting numbers since he was drafted in 2003. 

Having played in 72 games for the Knicks, who finished 13th in the Eastern Conference, he averaged 21.8 points per night, the lowest since his sophomore year and shot at a 43.4 field goal percentage - his worst since 2011-12 and the fourth lowest of his career.

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However, the forward is not short on confidence. In an interview with Dan Patrick, he spoke about his shooting prowess and said that in his own mind he believed he was better than LeBron James and Stephen Curry. 

Asked about comments Curry made on his own ability a couple of years ago, Melo responded: "As an athlete, as a competitor you're not going to say no." Before going on to say that he believed he was a better shooter than both of them. 

He continued: "I always have that mindset.  When it comes to being on that court I don't think anybody is better. That's my mindset."

It is an interesting insight into the mind of a fierce competitor. Anthony is supremely confident in his own ability and, in truth, he has every right to be. 

While never winning a championship, the nine-time All-Star has been a superstar in the league since day one. Along with his close friend, James, there has been a crazy level of media attention on him and the best standards are always expected. 

In his career, he has averaged 24.9 points per night - totalling 22,497 - and shoots from the field at 45.3 percent. 


The Knicks have had a tough season after going .500 through the first half of the campaign. 

Melo's time in New York has not really gone as he envisaged and the upcoming offseason is probably the biggest for the franchise and player since he joined from the Denver Nuggets in 2011.

The 2013 scoring champion has been making a concerted effort to be more of a team player and averaged a career-high 4.2 assists a game. However, in short, he needs some better teammates.

Kristaps Porzingis is a star in the making and the duo have the potential to be a serious threat. But with a lot of cap room and a lottery pick, the Knicks need to fill their roster with players who can help take Melo back to the playoffs. 

There is also the small issue of a head coach. Reportedly David Blatt has interviewed for the position and he will be under pressure to bring immediate improvement if given the job.

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