Even the thought feels weird, huh? Considering Melo was, as recently as 3 weeks ago, well on his way to the worst season of his career the turnaround is nothing short of remarkable. Thanks to his recent torrid pace, his shooting percent has jumped from a shade under 40 to .428. But the reason for the article is this; Carmelo Anthony's Win Shares per 48 minutes are the highest of his entire career (.160) besting his previous highest of .153 in 05-06.
Now, I'm not a huge proponent of Win Shares, but I've been following them for these Knicks because I was interested in what kind of effect Tyson Chandler's arrival would have on everyone's Defensive Ratings this year. Needless to say, Melo's is the best of his career (101) as is Amare's (100), so Tyson's arrival has undoubtedly bumped Melo's WS total.
So Melo is benefiting from an improved team defense, but he also posting a career high in his assist percentage (21.3). And his rebounding is as excellent as ever, and his defense has been very good over the past month.
So is this year's version the best version of Carmelo Anthony you have ever seen, or do you think the numbers above don't amount to enough to counter over 30 games of the worst basketball of his career? A tale of two seasons, to be sure.