Nuggets coach George Karl says that star Carmelo Anthony is looking to play at an MVP-type level this season.
Anthony has 71 points through the season's first two games.
"(He is) trying to move into the level where you're talking about him as an MVP candidate," Karl told the Denver Post.
Karl added that he talked to Anthony about becoming more efficient this year.
"We've talked about extending his efficiency and minutes. I would rather see him have his best assist year, his best assist-to-turnover ratio, his best free-throw year. ... If we have the year I think we're capable of, I'm hoping that maybe 20 to 25 games he doesn't play in the fourth quarter, so I think it makes it difficult, compared to guys who aren't going to have as many blowouts.
"Also, I don't think a scoring title is on my list of importance. My importance would be ? can he have his most triple-doubles and a commitment to be a dominant player in all aspects?"