|NBA Awards Races|
Carmelo Anthony is among the select few to merit serious consideration for MVP honors, but the Nuggets' high-scoring forward has yet to show up on the Awards Watch. Until now.
What took us so long to add him? Because for all his dominance as a scorer, Anthony doesn't regularly bring the same intensity on the defensive end. And for as integral as he is to the team's title hopes, Denver is 8-5 without him in the lineup. And while he should be credited for much of the Nuggets' success, so should Chauncey Billups.
But with three double-doubles in Denver's last four games, and a No. 3 ranking among the league's top scorers, 'Melo has shown his worth. While he may need to polish a few edges, he is almost in the same realm as the likes of LeBron James and the Kobe Bryant. And with that, how could he not be included in the MVP conversation?
(All stats and records are through March 16.)