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Knicks' Carmelo Anthony: 'I'm the most underrated superstar'

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony: 'I'm the most underrated superstar'
Carmelo Anthony walks onto the court for a practice Tuesday at the Knicks' training camp at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. (Mike Groll / Associated Press)

Carmelo Anthony is underrated.

So says the New York Knicks' seven-time All-Star forward and 2012-13 NBA scoring champion.

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"I think I'm the most underrated superstar that's out there but that doesn't matter to me," Anthony told ESPN when asked if he felt he was underrated because he's never won an NBA championship.

Anthony has reached the postseason in 10 of his 11 seasons, failing to reach the playoffs for the first time in his career last season when the Knicks finished one game behind the Atlanta Hawks, which claimed the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

"I know what I'm capable of doing. I know the grind and the hard work I put in to this," Anthony said. "I know how consistent I've been over my career. To do it day in and day out and night in and night out on a very consistent basis year in year out, I know what I can do and I know the work I've put in.

"So as far as caring about if I'm underrated as a superstar, and getting the respect I deserve, I don't worry about that. In due time if everything goes well, I will get it."

Anthony signed a five-year, $124-million contract with the Knicks in the summer, passing on opportunities to join the Lakers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls.

Anthony averaged 27.4 points with 8.1 rebounds per game last season for New York.

Follow Matt Wilhalme on Twitter @mattwilhalme

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