The New York Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs last night by the Indiana Pacers in six games and once again, a season ends in disappointment for Knick fans. This year proved to be the best chance for New York to finally make a run after putting a large amount of money into their team and key Eastern Conference players like Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo injured, yet the Knicks struggled with teams much worse than them despite being a two seed.
This question is going to be brought up now for the Knicks and their future: Is Carmelo Anthony able to be the centerpiece of an NBA championship basketball team?
I say no. Melo is an elite scorer, not an elite basketball player. Many people may disagree with this statement, but when you watch the Knicks play, what else does Melo contribute aside from scoring 20 points in a game? He is not capable of defending at a high level, he isn’t that great of a rebounder and most of all he doesn’t create opportunities for anyone else. Melo’s game is based exclusively on jump shots, and this is not the description of an elite NBA player.
With Melo, you know he is going to be the leading scorer virtually every game, but his game hasn’t evolved since he joined the league. He has been a one-dimensional player throughout his career with a bad habit of forcing too many shots and rarely passing. This creates problems for the Knicks because when Melo just fires up shot after shot, they can’t get any rhythm on offense because the ball sticks too much on every possession.
Unfortunately for the Knicks organization, they are heavily invested in Melo so they have to find a way to make it work out. It will be hard to bring in anyone to play alongside Melo with too many bad contracts on their team like Amare Stoudemire. Maybe Carmelo can change things around and improve his game, but as of now, I don’t see him or the Knicks ever making a run at LeBron James and the Miami Heat.