Earlier this morning, I had awoken to a tweet by John Schuhmann from NBA.com, and stated the Knicks are 6-6 since the Carmelo Anthony trade. Not only that, but Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony are a +1 efficiency rating in 335 minutes of playing time together. That +1 efficiency rating is mainly from their struggles on the defensive side of the court, but what can the duo do on offence to help better themselves and their teammates?
I was thinking that Chauncey Billups and Amar’e Stoudemire could run more pick and roll plays together in order to make the team more of an offensive threat. Stoudemire finishes at the rim so divinely, that he would need a double team, and when that happens, Billups is left wide open on a shot he wont miss more often than not. If Billups AND Stoudemire are trapped on a pick and roll, that leaves shooters and cutters open on the wings for an easy field goal attempt.
You would have Carmelo Anthony wide open on the right side of the basket, and he is a 60% shooter on jump shots this season. Also, if efficient marksmen like Andy Rautins, Shawne Williams, Landry Fields, Roger Mason, or Bill Walker are left open, they can cause some damage to an opposing defence without much effort.
If you were the coach of the Knicks, what would be your play to correct Anthoy and Stoudemire’s +1 efficiency rating?