After meeting with the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, Carmelo Anthony has a massive decision to make regarding his next destination. As the 2014 NBA free agency period kicked off, Anthony was widely considered as the second-best available option behind only LeBron James. Many thought leaving the New York Knicks was a certainty, but the latest reports state that Anthony may be looking to re-sign with the Knicks. If Anthony wants to take his game to the next level, however, he should take his talents to Dallas and play under head coach Rick Carlisle.
Widely considered around the league as one of the best coaches, Carlisle’s team took the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. His coaching was on full display throughout the series, demonstrating an elite ability to adjust and put his players in a position to succeed. Carlisle is certainly an offensive wizard, as the Mavericks boasted the second-best offensive efficiency in the league in the regular season. Adding Anthony would give the Mavericks another option to work with offensively and would make the team even more unguardable than last year.
In signing with Dallas, Anthony would finally be paired up with a superior offensive architect. Anthony, known for constantly hogging the ball in isolation situations, was limited offensively due to coach Mike Woodson‘s lack of creativity in New York. Carlisle, on the other hand, would find creative ways to get Anthony the ball, making him more efficient as an offensive player. Under Carlisle, Anthony could show spectators that his lack of playmaking ability and numerous possessions ending in inefficient jump shots from the perimeter were really a product of the coaching more so than his actual basketball skill.
If Anthony wants to prove that he truly is one of the best players in the NBA, signing with Dallas is the best option. Anthony would be the centerpiece of an offense with heavy ball movement and unselfishness, and his offensive numbers would certainly improve under Carlisle.