Since his arrival to the Big Apple, the offense primarily revolves around New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. There is no doubt that Anthony deserves to have possession of the ball for most of the game. He is the most skillful shooter in the league. It’s hard to think of any player in the NBA who can constantly shoot the ball under tight defense with much success.
Many times during Anthony’s career in New York fans hoped the ball wasn’t in his hands during crucial moments in a game. Why hasn’t one of his teammates aggressively called out for the ball? Or whenever Anthony prefers to be in isolation mode, not one of his teammates makes cuts and instead they stand still and allow the defense to play with ease.
Not only does the team lack leadership, but they don’t have a playmaker that will instruct teammates during the game and make plays on the fly. Anthony is a great talent that any team in the league would love to have, but he cannot guide a team to the finals without a great playmaker.
Anthony was fortunate enough to advance past the first round of the playoffs twice in his 11-year career. In those two instances, he played alongside the leadership of a point guard that has a championship under his belt, Chauncey Billups for the Denver Nuggets and Jason Kidd in his last year in the league with the Knicks.
This season, Knicks guard Raymond Felton had been inconsistent when it comes to distributing the ball, and he doesn’t seem to have a prominent voice over the club like Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire or Tyson Chandler. New York lacks guidance in the point guard position, and it needs it as soon as possible.
According to a piece from the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, Anthony does not want to wait another season to obtain a key player that can help the team become a force in the Eastern Conference.
There are only a handful of great playmakers in the league right now and these players seem unlikely to join the Knicks as a free agent. Most of them are the centerpieces of their teams like LeBron James and Chris Paul. The Knicks’ front office needs to figure out a way to trade for a talent with great court vision this summer or else the Knicks will hurt their chances of winning the Larry O’Brien trophy, and ultimately lose Carmelo Anthony.