Not even 24 hours after Carmelo Anthony won Player of the Week, there are those questioning whether or not he really deserved it.
In his much anticipated NBA return, Melo averaged 22.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in three games last week. Most impressively, he shot 57 percent from the field and 45 percent form three. The Blazers won all three games.
So, naturally, the league recognized Anthony for his awesome comeback story.
The only problem is, there are other players who had a much better week. James Harden, for example, scored 60 points in three quarters against Atlanta just three nights after dropping 34 against the 3rd seeded Miami Heat. He averaged 47 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Meanwhile, Luka Doncic (in his second year as a pro) topped the 40-point mark in two out of three games last week, going for 41 in a win over Houston and 42 in a win over the Suns. His averages were 30 points 9 rebounds, 9 assists.
Comparatively, there is no contest. Both Luka and Harden outperformance Melo, at least on the stats sheet. A case can certainly be made for either of them being named player of the week.
So, why did Anthony win? Despite putting up rather modest numbers, his story is unique. He was exiled for an entire year from basketball, only to make his return against the outcries of haters and naysayers waiting for him to mess up. Last week was proof that he can not only still play in the NBA, but that he can be productive and efficient.
Make of that how you will.