Up next in the Empire Writes Back best season of the 2010’s tournament is the 4th seeded 2012-13 season for Carmelo Anthony vs. the 29th seeded 2016 season of Jeurys Familia.
First, let’s start off with the season that Familia had with the New York Mets during the 2016 season. Familia posted a 2.55 ERA and a league leading 51 saves and 67 games finished in 78 games pitched for the Mets in 2016. He also had a WHIP of 1.21, 83 strikeouts and 10.4 SO/9 innings, totaling a 1.8 WAR in the process.
Familia was named to his 1st all-star team that July, as he was one of 4 players representing the Mets in the mid-summer classic. In addition to his all-star selection, he finished 17th in the MVP voting as well.
Familia only blew 5 saves all year, and didn’t blow a single one until July 27th after saving a franchise record 36 games in a row to start a season. Familia seemed almost invincible much of that season, which is why he was an all-star and why he is on this list in the first place.
Was he the most invincible player in this matchup, however? If you say yes, then Carmelo Anthony might have something to say about that.
Anthony’s 2012-13 season for the New York Knicks was one for the ages, and one Knicks fans will remember for a long time. Anthony won the NBA scoring title that year, averaging a whopping 28.7 points per game while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from three in 67 games for the Knicks that year.
He also averaged 6.9 rebounds per game and shot 83 percent from the free throw line in 37 minutes per game. In addition to this, Anthony led the league with a 35.6 percent usage rate and accumulated 9.5 win shares.
He was named to his 6th all-star team and finished second in the MVP voting, losing to LeBron James of the Miami Heat. Anthony helped lead the Knicks to the 2nd best record in the Eastern Conference, where they would go on to make the Eastern Conference semi-finals before losing to the Indiana Pacers in 6 games.
While there is an argument to be made for Jeurys Familia’s 2016 season to win this matchup, I’m giving the nod to Carmelo Anthony’s 2012-13 season.
Familia’s season was impressive don’t get me wrong, but Anthony’s yea was just special and that’s what makes the difference for me here.
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