Allow me to go through a myriad of stats to explain why putting Woodson's inability to design an offense and Melo's teammates inability to do anything other than sit around twidling their thumbs is not melo's fault
Part 1: How many of the Knicks shots are used by Anthony?
The Knicks are 15th in the league at 82.9 FGA per game. Carmelo averages 21.3 FGA per game. This means Carmelo takes 25.7% of the Knicks shots. Not half, or even a third, as the "all we do as is watch melo shoot" camp would have you believe.
We can take this a step further. You can say that the Knicks take 82.9FGA/48min = 1.727FGA/48 min. Carmelo plays 39.2 mpg. If you take 1.727FGA*39.2min, it tells you that the team has 67.7 FGA when Melo is in the game. Thus, when Melo is in the game he takes 21.3/67.7 = 31.5% of the team's shots. Not half, not a third. This is just when he's in the game. Not counting the 8 minutes where players arent playing with Melo.
Part 2: Who is more deserving of those shots
Carmelo Anthony is shooting 44.7% from the floor this year, and 42% from downtown. The only Knicks shooting better from the floor are Stoudemire (54%), THJ (45%), Chandler (56%), and KMart (50%). Bargnani is nearly identical at 44.2%.
When he's in the game, we all agree that Stoudemire should get the majority of touches. Melo generally feeds him well, but the guy does often get forgotten about. For now, he's injured. And he'll never be a high minute player. Amare's only getting 7.2 FGA in 19.4 minutes. If we do what we do above, 1.727FGA*19.4min = 33.5 available shots. Amare only uses 7.2/33.5 = 21.4%. Amare needs more shots than this clearly.
As for Kmart and Chandler, that's more of a matter of the inability of our guards to create, penetrate, and make passes in PnR and penetration opportunities.
THJ should be getting more of JR and Shumpert's minutes. He's taking 6.5 shots in 19 minutes. 1.727FGA*19min= 32.8 available shots. 6.5/32.8= 19.8%. So about 20%. I think that's about right for him this early in his career.
Now, there are several players who aren't even shooting 40%... JR Smith = 36.9%, Iman Shumpert = 39.0%, Ray Felton = 39.5%. Pablo and Beno are both shooting around 42.5% which is pretty solid for a guard. I take Pablo over Beno all day though because of Pablo's 6.0/1.5 = 4:1 A/TO ratio vs. Beno's 6.5/2.6= 2.5/1 A/TO ratio.
But Carmelo doesn't pass the ball!
This year, NBA.com has a ton of new stats on their site. One of them is for passing.
Let's talk Passes per game. The amount of passes per game would be a direct assessment of how willing Carmelo is to not have the ball in his hands.
Carmelo Anthony: 42.9papg in 39.3mpg = 1.09papm
Ray Felton: 59.5papg in 32.6mpg = 1.83papm
Beno Udrih: 37.7papg in 19.1mpg = 1.97papm
JR Smith: 39.5papg in 32.2mpg = 1.22papm
Paul George: 46.7papg in 36.5mpg = 1.23papm
James Harden: 42.6papg/38.8mpg = 1.10papm
Chris Paul: 73.3papg in 34.9mpg = 2.10papm
Jeremy Lin: 45.2papg in 30.7mpg = 1.47papm
LeBron James: 49.8papg in 37.4mpg = 1.33papm
Kevin Durant: 37.7papg in 38.3mpg = .984papm
So they might not pass for a purpose, but in the general sense, the Knicks pass the ball.
Now, let's look at assist opportunities. These are assists AND passes that would've been assists if the shot hadn't been missed. This is reflective of an offensive system. We've already shown that Melo passes the ball at a cmparable level as James Harden and more than Durant. But is the offense putting his passes to use? The answer is No.
Carmelo Anthony: 6.5aopg in 39.3mpg = 0.165aopm
Paul George: 7.1aopg in 36.5mpg = 0.194aopm
James Harden: 11.2aopg/38.8mpg = 0.289aopm
Chris Paul: 10.7aopg in 34.9mpg = 0.307aopm
Jeremy Lin: 7.9aopg in 30.7mpg = 0.257aopm
LeBron James: 12.2aopg in 37.4mpg = 0.326aopm
Kevin Durant: 9.8aopg in 38.3mpg = 0.256aopm
Finally, let's see how those assist opportunities are converted to assists. Are Carmelo's teammates really the worst at using the assist opportunities? Of course.
Carmelo Anthony: 3.0apg/6.5aopg = 46%
Paul George: 3.4apg/7.1aopg = 48%
James Harden: 5.5apg/11.2aopg = 49%
Chris Paul: 11.2apg/20.9aopg = 54%
Jeremy Lin: 4.2apg/7.9aopg = 53%
Lebron James: 6.5apg/12.2aopg = 53%
Kevin Durant: 5.2apg/9.8aopg = 53%
So we have all these passing stats, but if you really want to indict this offense, you want to see how many of Melo's passes are used for assist opportunities. We all know he draws a lot of attention. So is anyone doing something besides standing around?
Carmelo Anthony: 6.5aopg/42.9papg = 15%
Paul George: 7.1aopg/46.7papg = 15%
James Harden: 11.2aopg/42.6papg = 26%
Chris Paul: 11.2apg/73.3papg = 15%
Jeremy Lin: 7.9aopg/45.2papg = 17%
LeBron James: 12.2aopg/49.8papg = 24%