The X’s and O’s of Carmelo Anthony

16 Mar

Earlier this morning, I had awoken to a tweet by John Schuhmann from, 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?


2 Responses to “The X’s and O’s of Carmelo Anthony”

  1. nicholas sang March 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    in addition to what you mentioned you would do, what i would do is never have amare and melo on the same side of the court in the halfcourt offense. have amare on the low left (because hes better when he drives to his right, and hes more likely to make turnovers when he drives to his left)..and have melo on the right wing or the right post because statistically hes better from that area and he can ISO anyone. since both players command a double team it spreads the floor a lot and like you said, with the sharp shooters we have, melo/amare can swing the ball around to anyone of them for an open look if melo/amare get doubled or tripled teamed.

    imagine that set up. amare in the low left area, melo on the right..then williams and fields at the two corner 3pt positions, and billups at the top of the key or 3pt line. thats a lotta room to move.

  2. Fredrick Williams May 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    I still think that carmelo is the best player in the nba.people under rate his skills, but you gotta admit he has quick foot work that even labron can’t handle. Don’t get me wrong labron is a darn near perfect player, but melo is better.

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