New York Knicks: Why Carmelo Anthony Doesn’t Deserve His Bad Reputation

July 28th, 2012 by Michael Dunlap Leave a reply »
Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks has established himself as one of the best scorers in the NBA. Along the way, he's (unfairly) developed a reputation as a ball hog, ball-stopper, black hole or whatever negative connotation people like to use. It's unwarranted and totally unfair and I'm going to show you why.

Keep in mind that Anthony is the New York Knicks' superstar. He's not a role player that comes in and throws the ball up every chance he gets. He's expected to shoot the ball 20 times a game.

Don't we want the best player on the court taking the most shots?

I'm not comparing the skill level of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to Carmelo Anthony, but looking at a couple of their stats will paint an important picture.

Jordan led the league in field goal attempts nine different times. For his career, he took 21.5 shots per 36 minutes while averaging 4.9 assists.

Bryant has led the league in field goal attempts five times, all in the last seven years. He averages 19.3 attempts per 36 minutes while averaging 4.6 assists.

Anthony has never led the league in attempts. He averages 19.2 attempts per 36 minutes with 3. ...

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