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The 2011 NBA Free Agency Prize: Carmelo Anthony

Over at SBNation.com, Matt O'Brien has a run down of the top NBA free agents next season. To no surprise, the Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony takes the top spot:

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THE PRIZE

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1. Carmelo Anthony (ETO). Carmelo is to 2011 what LeBron was to 2010. Except next summer, there aren't a host of other veritable superstars available as well, like there was this past one. So if Carmelo does turn down Denver's standing extension offer -- potentially leaving tens of millions on the table if he waits for the new CBA -- every team with cap space and/or sign-and-trade assets will likely make a push for the former Syracuse star. The Knicks, of course, figure to be prominently involved.

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And unlike LeBron James, Melo won't make a mockery of free agency. He won't have "The Decision" on television. And in the end, I doubt we'll even have to talk about this next summer. I think he signs the Nuggets' extension offer before the end of the upcoming season.

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Nene also makes an appearance on this list, just outside of the top 10. O'Brien sees Nene leaving Denver if Melo also leaves.