Breaking Down Why New York Knicks Must Make Carmelo Anthony a Spot-Up Shooter

October 2nd, 2012 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
If there's anything the New York Knicks learned last season, it's that there's only so much basketball leather to go around in a given game and only so much space available on a regulation-size NBA court.

And if there's anything we've learned about Carmelo Anthony of late—other than that he supposedly can't coexist effectively with Amar'e Stoudemire—it's that he's surprisingly well-suited to being a spot-up shooter.

Which, when you put two and two together, points to a new role for Carmelo as less isolation player/basketball equivalent of a black hole and more catch-and-shoot threat.

Let's first consider the issues with the status quo—that is, "Melo Ball".

Not to be confused with "Melon Ball", which is what the Knicks will revert to whenever Raymond Felton is running the show.

By "Melo Ball", I'm referring to the sort of isolation-based offense that Mike Woodson instituted upon taking over for Mike D'Antoni last season. It's the same approach he took with the likes of Joe Johnson and Josh Smith when he coached the Atlanta Hawks: give the ball to your scorer, clear some space for him and let him go to work.

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