By Nick Sciria @Nick_Sciria on June 24, 2014
Carmelo Anthony, who opted out of his New York Knicks' contract recently, is widely considered to be an NBA superstar. Anthony will now look for max money, although he does not deserve that type of a contract. Anthony comes along with rarely mentioned risks and throwing a max contract at him would be unwise.
Anthony has never been talked about as a leader. This past season, the New York Knicks were in total disarray for much of the year. Some of the criticism must be aimed at head coach Mike Woodson, however, blame must also be placed on the team’s best player.
Anthony’s effort on both sides of the ball has been in question for some time now. Offensively, he does not work hard enough to get shots closer to the rim. Defensively, his effort ranges from high to low. Anthony called out his teammates' effort multiple times during the past season, although he should have looked in the mirror first.
Carmelo Anthony may have the physical ability to be a solid defensive player, but his play on that end is inconsistent at best. Anthony’s struggles maintaining focus on defense, and his effort on that varies from possession to possession. The Knicks ranked 24th in defensive efficiency last season, and Anthony did not perform consistently enough on that end to change that trend.
Anthony, who tallies a career-average of just over three assists per game, rarely makes his teammates better. Superstars must have the ability to improve role players' offensive numbers. Anthony has constantly failed to do this, electing to shoot perimeter jumpers instead of moving the ball from side to side. The Knicks ranked near the bottom of the league in total assists, and some of this blame falls on Anthony.
Anthony primarily scores in face up opportunities from the perimeter and is a bit inefficient to be a max contract player. He settles too much from the perimeter, failing to work to get in the paint on a consistent basis. Anthony is closer to a high-volume shooter than an efficient scorer, and the ball constantly sticks in his hands on offense.
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