This is shaping up to be a career year for New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. That could mean a deep trip into the playoffs. Anthony has shown signs of brilliance with the Knicks. But his best may come in the upcoming 2012-13 NBA Season. Here are five reasons why Anthony could have his best year as a pro.
5. The Is His Team Now
Jeremy Lin is gone. Amar'e Stoudemire is in the back seat. This is Anthony's team now, and there is no question about it. He will get the glory when the Knicks win and take the blame when they lose. But that's perfectly fine with Anthony because he thrives on pressure. He is one of the most clutch players in NBA history.
4. Olympic Preparation
Anthony has been practicing and playing with Team USA since early July. He is currently second on the team in scoring at the 2012 London Olympics. By the time Anthony rejoins the Knicks, he will have more than a dozen games under his belt and probably a gold medal around his neck. Anthony will enter training camp game-ready.
3. A True Offseason
When Anthony joined the Knicks in 2010, he was thrown in to the mix. In 2011, the NBA lockout shortened the preseason and training camps. Now in 2012, Anthony will finally have a full offseason to work with his team.
2. Playmaking Point Guards
The Knicks have three veteran point guards who love to pass the ball. Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni will find Anthony early and often. That will keep Anthony scoring and make him happy.
1. This Is His Time
Last season, Anthony watched his draft mates LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh win an NBA championship. With a very talented team around him, Anthony may believe that this is his time to win a title.
These are five reasons why Anthony could have his best year as a pro. Everything is falling into place. Knicks fans have been waiting for Anthony to lead this team. Now all Anthony has to do is perform.
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Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.