Is Carmelo A Bad Fit For The Knicks?
Carmelo Anthony was unable to practice yesterday, but looks like he will suit up and play tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. The question is, are the Knicks better with him or without him?
Now, let me be clear, I am not jumping ship. I liked the Melo deal and I do think that this team will improve as the season progresses. But, with that said, I do think we need to look at all options.
The more I watch Melo, the more I worry that he may be a bit of a ball hog. A great scorer should shoot a lot, don’t get me wrong, but if that guy is touching the ball at the beginning of every possession, then he better be able to facilitate as well. Carmelo does not have great court vision. So, the obvious solution would be to acquire a pass-first point guard. If we can do that, then we can compete.
The problem is, we are low on assets. If the Nets, for instance, decide retaining Deron Williams is hopeless, they're not going to trade him for Landry Fields and a future second rounder. They’re going to want something more. Something like, say, Carmelo Anthony.
If Baron Davis doesn’t pan out, the Knicks are in trouble. Shumpert is a two guard and they don’t have a first round pick this off-season. The front office needs to remember that Carmelo Anthony is not just a great player, he’s also a valuable asset, and if the Knicks could get a package of players that fit the team better, then I think they would be foolish not to look into it. I don’t want Anthony out, but without a point guard he really doesn’t do the team much good.
Lets hope Baron Davis can hit the ground running...