NBA Free Agency Watch: Is Carmelo Anthony Overrated?

By Shane Phillips
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Many consider Carmelo Anthony to be one of the top 10, if not top five, players in the NBA, and that is understandable. He has averaged more than 20 points per game in all over his seasons as a professional basketball player, as well as a 25 point average in 66 career playoff games. He can provide copious amounts of scoring, and can rebound the basketball. So, you might be wondering what the answer is to the question in the title. The answer is yes, Anthony is overrated.

In his 12-season career, Anthony has never averaged below 16 shot per game, nor has he shot above 50 percent in a season. He has only made it out of the first round of the playoffs twice. His longest playoff run was with the Denver Nuggets in 2009, when he took them to the Western Conference Finals, but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.

It is easy to overlook all of Anthony’s flaws when he is scoring 30 points a game, but the simple fact is that he is overrated. He is not a player you can build an entire franchise around, and he may never win a championship. Anthony must have the ball in his hands and must take 25 shots a game in order to be effective. He isn’t an assist machine, and he doesn’t set up teammates.

I think the closest comparison of Anthony is Joe Johnson. Look at Johnson’s years with the Atlanta Hawks; most of the seasons, he was averaging close to 20 shots a game and shot under 50 percent. Both Johnson and Anthony are both one dimensional players who can only offer scoring. Anthony will grab some rebounds, but there isn’t much more you are going to get out of him.

I know there is plenty of hype around the 2014 free agency, as Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and others will all be available, but the New York Knicks might be better off letting Anthony go. New York is struggling this season at 5-14, and are 12 and a half games back of the East leading Indiana Pacers.

Anthony is a scorer and that’s it. The Knicks need someone who can individually light up a team, but also get his teammates involved at the same time. After one final look at the numbers, I deem Carmelo Anthony overrated.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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