Can the Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony Experiment Work?
Everyone knows that the Knicks acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets before the NBA trade deadline. They took a chance and gave up a lot of young talent and important pieces to get him so that he could play alongside Amare Stoudemire. While the goal was to make the team better and begin a dynasty that could compete for an NBA Championship in the near future, the experiment has not gonewell so far. The New York Knicks are just 7-9 since acquiring Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks have lost a few games to some horrible teams, including two losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers, two to the Indiana Pacers, one to the Detroit Pistons, and one to the Milwaukee Bucks. They have also lost a couple of heart-breakers to some excellent teams, including the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics.
Carmelo Anthony is not a player who is a good fit for Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system. While Anthony is used to playing a lot of isolation and 1-on-1 basketball, D’Antoni is all about ball movement, a fast pace, and court spacing. Anthony has never been an efficient three point shooter in his career either, and outside shooting is a plus when you play for D’Antoni.
Everyone keeps saying that there will be an adjustment period for this team and that the new players need to gel. If you look at the Denver Nuggets, they have built chemistry very fast and have gotten off to a 9-4 start with all of their new players.
The difference between the Nuggets and the Knicks is that the Nuggets have a roster full of players that all know their role and play it well, while the Knicks have two superstars that they have to cater to and keep happy. The Nuggets have no superstar, but still a very good balance of scoring, defense, shot blocking, rebounding, and bench players. The Knicks, on the other hand, have a lack of rebounding, unbalanced scoring, and absolutely no defense.
Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire are both excellent players. They can each take over a game and carry a team to victory. Both Anthony and Stoudemire have played in a lot of playoff games and know exactly what to expect in the postseason.
Carmelo Anthony has recently said that it may take until next season for this team to find its groove and really come together. This seems like a way out in case the Knicks are not successful in both the regular season and playoffs.
This experiment can definitely work. Carmelo Anthony has to change his game, though, and everyone knows it. If Anthony buys into the system of D’Antoni then the Knicks will begin to experience success again. Nobody is questioning the fact that Carmelo Anthony is a great player, but to be truly successful with the Knicks then he will have to adjust a bit. The Knicks’ offense is built on good passing, a quick pace, and good court spacing. The sooner that Anthony learns how to play this way, the sooner the Knicks will begin to win.
Amare Stoudemire is not the problem. He has been playing excellent basketball since the trade, scoring in bunches and rebounding in double-digits on most nights.
The lack of success for the Knicks does not have to do with Stoudemire and Anthony demanding the ball too often, or them having a chemistry problem. Both of these stars can play together, without a doubt. The problem is that Anthony does not play the type of ball that will make the Knicks win, but once he starts to do that, the Knicks should be fine. Do not worry just yet, give them a little bit more time and see what happens.
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