Saturday , Jan , 03 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Why Are Carmelo Anthony’s Numbers Down?

If Anthony doesn’t eclipse Stoudemire, it will lead us to the latter question of Anthony deserving to be a reserve. He is arguably the best player on a first-place team, but he is 18th in the league in scoring with 20.8 points per game, a career-low, compared to 25.7 last season. That said, the all-star from the past two seasons is averaging 7.3 rebounds, and he is playing through continuous elbow pain.

Denver teammate Chauncey Billups is 10th in guard voting, but his contributions make him a worthy candidate for an all-star reserve spot. Billups changed the culture in Denver and is 10th in the league with 6.9 assists, third in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.74-to-1).

The Nuggets’ wacky, zig-zagging road trip continues tonight at Oklahoma City. Denver (21-12) played at New York on Sunday, down to Atlanta for a Monday game, up to Toronto for a Wednesday game and finally back south to Oklahoma City.