Why ESPN’s NBA Rank Dropped the Ball with Carmelo Anthony at No. 17

September 25th, 2012 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »
We all know by now that Carmelo Anthony isn't an especially good wing defender, he's no LeBron James when it comes to distributing the ball and he won't necessarily fit into every system as seamlessly as you might like.

None of that suggests he's no longer one of the the 15 best players in the NBA.

But how could 104 of ESPN's experts be wrong? 

When it comes to Anthony, very easily. Every conceivable flaw in this guy's game has been magnified in New York and broadcast to all manner of expert and amateur alike. Plus, in a world where player efficiency ratings are so often treated as the absolute measure of a player's worth, Anthony took a slight hit last season.

Carmelo typically shoots the ball at a 45 percent rate or better, but that dipped to 43 percent last season thanks in large part to a slow start in Mike D'Antoni's system.

This is one of those things James Dolan probably should have seen coming. Anthony was never the right fit for a playbook that was diametrically opposed to a scorer so well suited to serving as a one-man half-court offense.

Things changed after D'Antoni and the Knicks parted ...

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