Carmelo Anthony on verge of capturing scoring title

The New York Knicks have gotten red hot the past few weeks, putting up a 10-game winning streak as the Knicks head into the playoffs. But as those playoffs inch closer and closer it’s not only important for the Knicks to finish strong, but for Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony to finish strong as well.

Anthony sits just 0.2 points behind the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant for the NBA’s scoring title and if he plays the way he has over the course of the past week, ‘Melo may just bring home that trophy.

Feb 26, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Western Conference forward Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder (35) dribbles past Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony (7) of the New York Knicks in the second quarter in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Durant, searching for his fourth consecutive scoring title, is averaging 28.3 points per game, while Anthony is on his heels at 28.1. The Los Angeles Lakers Lobe Bryant sits third in the league at 27.0 ppg, but Kobe has no chance at catching either Durant or ‘Melo.

So how can ‘Melo catch KD?

It’s as simple as continuing to be efficient from the floor. Anthony has scored 90 points in the Knicks last two games, but has done so on 60 percent shooting. If he is taking good shots and more importantly making them, then I can see Anthony overtaking Durant. But if Anthony has days where he is making 7-of-28 shot attempts, then I think the task becomes a little more difficult.

Catching the three-time scoring champ won’t be easy for Anthony, but according to Durant, Anthony can have the scoring title.

“He can have it,” Durant told Jeff Caplan of NBA.com after OKC’s Thursday morning shootaround….

“I mean the stuff he’s doing right now, every time he touches the ball it looks like it’s going to go in,” Durant said. “He’s having a nice run right now and his confidence is high. I’m sure he’s going to take over. If it happens, cool.”

If Durant wins it this year he joins a club with Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain of players to win it more than three years in a row. Considering the fact that this is just Durant’s sixth NBA season, that seems like a bit of an insane accomplishment.

While it would be nice for Anthony to unseat Durant as the NBA’s top scorer, Anthony should be more focused on leading the Knicks to postseason success, ‘Melo has enough individual accomplishments, but so far in his 10-yer career, has failed to prove he can win in the postseason.

I’m sure if you give Anthony the choice, he would prefer to lead the Knicks deep into the playoffs rather than add another individual trophy to his trophy case.

Doing so would do a lot for his legacy.

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Topics: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder

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