Entering his third full season in New York, Carmelo Anthony will be under more pressure than ever before. The Knicks have built their entire team around him and have surrounded him with plenty of talent.
At one point in time, the 29-year-old Anthony rivaled LeBron James and Kobe Bryant when people debated who the best player in the NBA was. Due to Anthony's postseason failures, those days are long gone.
Some could argue that Anthony isn't even a top five player because of his inability to lead the Knicks deep into the playoffs.
Talent alone, I believe Carmelo Anthony is currently the third best player in the league behind only James and Kevin Durant. But if the Knicks stay healthy this upcoming season and he still doesn't lead them to the NBA Finals, I will be forced to finally drop him down my rankings.
It may sound unfair to put all of the pressure to win on Anthony's shoulders instead of the Knicks as a whole. Then again, the Knicks are clearly Anthony's team and he is supposed to be their leader. He gets all of the glory when they win and all of the blame when they lose.
Anthony may not like to hear it, but 2014 is a championship or bust year for the Knicks. It's time for him to finally live up to his superstar potential and deliver the Larry O'Brien Trophy to New York.
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