The New York Knicks have to face the harsh reality regarding their offensive philosophy: in the NBA, isolation basketball will get a team eliminated quickly in the playoffs. New York has relied heavily on Carmelo Anthony‘s superb one-on-one offensive talent all season, but the Knicks will not win a single playoff series playing the way that they are right now.
Just think back to last postseason, when the Knicks struggled to move past the Boston Celtics in a series that really had no business going seven games. Then, New York was steamrolled by the Indiana Pacers because they struggled to score consistently. At the rate the Knicks are going this season, they can expect the same fate in this year’s playoffs.
The Knicks seem to be disinterested in moving without the ball or setting screens when Anthony is in the game, but New York almost looks like a completely different team when he goes to the bench. There appears to be more ball movement when Anthony sits than there is when he plays, and that is a problem.
Sure, the Knicks have Anthony, who is easily one of the top two scorers in the NBA, but they have to figure out a way to get easy baskets for everyone else on their roster. That responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of Mike Woodson and Anthony, but Anthony is more concerned with winning another scoring title. Unfortunately for New York, the odds of winning an NBA Championship with a scoring champion on the roster are very small.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal are the only three players in the 66-year history of the NBA to win a scoring title and an NBA title in the same season. Don’t bet on Anthony joining that list any time soon.