Everybody loves Carmelo Anthony. His teammates rave about him. His peers borderline worship him. Personally, the Blazers are usually the first team I check on League Pass these days. I want to watch Melo. He's as smooth as ever. I'm not just rooting for him — I am prepared to die on the "Melo is still good" hill.
But when news broke that Anthony had been named Western Conference Player of the Week, even I had to take a step back and wonder if he really deserves that honor. Pretty clearly, he does not.
Talking strictly numbers, Melo averaged 22.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in three games last week. Most impressively, he shot 57 percent from the field, including 45 percent form three.
Last Monday, Melo scored 25 points against the Bulls on 10-of-20 shooting including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. He followed that up by going 9-for-11 from the floor against OKC, and 8-for-16 in a second matchup with Chicago. Portland won all three games. And Melo wasn't just putting up empty numbers. He was BALLING.