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Is Carmelo a legit MVP candidate?

4/17/2013 - NBA New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony leads the NBA with 28.7 PPG. But does he warrant MVP consideration? Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Early in the season, Carmelo Anthony was being bandied about as an MVP candidate. But at this point, virtually no one is suggesting that he should actually win the award. The ESPN Forecast Panel placed Anthony fourth, with one first-place vote. If the MVP voting matches the Forecast results, it will be Anthony's first top-five finish. MVP award or not, it's been a banner season for the Knicks' top player.

Anthony always has been a lightning rod for a classic NBA debate: Is his scoring-based game really all that valuable? In other words, should Anthony have ever been mentioned in the MVP conversation to begin with?