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The Starting 5: Carmelo Anthony is Still Great

The Starting 5: A look at some of the best hoops content from around the Internet 

1. Carmelo Anthony’s Place on Team USA Reminds Us of His Real NBA Stature – Josh Martin, Bleacher Report

Josh Martin at Bleacher Report writes to remind the world of the kind of player Carmelo Anthony can be. Amidst the issues surrounding Anthony, sometimes the world forgets what kind of player he can be. With the Knicks suffering through a horrendous season and having been out of true contention for a while, Carmelo is an easy scapegoat to fall back on. Being around Team USA can be a friendly reminder of just how good Carmelo is; surrounded by superior talent, Carmelo’s elite skill in shooting and scoring really shines when he’s able to consistently get open looks and/or one-on-one matchups.

2. Wizards rookie Kelly Oubre fled during Hurricane Katrina, but New Orleans never left him – Sean Deveney, Sporting News

Sean Deveney at Sporting News writes on the coming up of the rookie out of Kansas. A very cool piece detailing how Kelly Oubre Sr. had a hunch that maybe Hurricane Katrina was something to be taken seriously (the previous hurricane warnings had seen mild hurricanes, enough for many locals to brush off the pending dangers of Hurricane Katrina), and he uprooted his family to Houston. As Katrina devastated the New Orleans area, the Oubre family could be nothing less than thankful to have escaped the destruction. Read about the turmoil that Oubre overcame to become an NBA player.

3. Top Returning Prospects: Big 12 – Jonathan Tjarks, RealGM

Is it ever too early to scout for future NBA talent? Nonsense. Tjarks at RealGM looks into the Big 12 to see who might be ready to make the leap into the NBA next season. The Big 12 did really well as a conference last season, sending 10 teams to the NCAA tournament. Read more on the upcoming talent to look forward to during this coming NCAA season.

4. A healthy Jabari Parker is essential to the Bucks’ playoff hopes – Jesus Gomez, SB Nation

Jesus Gomez at SB Nation writes on why Parker is a vital piece to the resurrection of the Milwaukee Bucks. Before Parker went down with an ACL injury, he was putting together a strong rookie campaign and looked well on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award. The Bucks managed to put together a playoff run without their prized rookie, but his return will be a big factor when it comes to how far the Bucks can make it in the playoffs.

5. The Hassan Whiteside Effect: How the Miami Heat Center Is Changing the NBA – Josh Martin, Bleacher Report

The former D-League player, the player who bounced from organization to organization, unable to win a starting job or even a roster spot, has now become a force for an NBA team. Whiteside has transformed into a top big man in the NBA after being a relative unknown. Read more on how Whiteside has potentially paved the way for future D-League call-ups.

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