Now we have no good pg and are hoping Baron can save us. We got two guys who love to score in Stat and Melo. One of which scores of ISO and the other off pick and roll and good passing guards. Now we need a good pg to equalize all of this; right now our offense sucks because we make it so easy for the defense. We dont move the ball and we score off one on one.
Its ironic because what we do on defense is what we need on offense now and that is MOVEMENT. I'm not a Dantoni supporter but i have to feel bad for the guy. He's never had a stable roster.
Look at the all-around package the best power forwards of the past 10 years come equipped with, guys like Garnett, Tim Duncan, Nowitzki. They actually built their game on fundamentals and intangibles.
STAT has no fundamentals. He really is one of those guys suffering from skipping college. One or two years at Georgetown, North Carolina or Georgia Tech and STAT would probably be in the same class as Tim Duncan.
"Look at the all-around package the best power forwards of the past 10 years come equipped with, guys like...Nowitzki." you guys keep me in stitches, lol, gotta love it!
We need a facilitator and the problem is we ask Melo to do that, he does it early but then he doesn't get a rhythm and then when he does get his shots, the 1st few are always with 5-6 seconds left on the shot clock so those aren't in rhythm shots. We need someone who can lead our offense and get STAT his pick n roll dunks and lay ups, we need to run set plays with Melo coming off screens and getting back door passes.
If we iso Melo give it to him at 10 so we can get 2 or 3 cuts and he can read the D.
We also need a shooting guard who can shoot, Melo had Afflalo, Smith and Iverson guys who defenses had to key in on which allowed Melo to attack more efficiently.
If we want to become NBA Champions we have to just make those improvements.
Also C'ANToni's offense isn't built for a great wing like Melo its built for a great PG and shooters and slashers which is the team we dont have. Put any other coach with this team and I guarantee we are at least 10-5 right now
And MVP is a media award imo, Lebron is a two-time MVP, but is totally unable to lead his team to a championship, because come Finals time he just disappears.
STAT was great last season when it came to scoring the ball, but let's be honest his game was still fundamentally flawed, but nobody from the Knicks community said anything about it, because we were in the Playoff picture after years of .350 basketball.....he was turnover prone, had no postgame and didn't play defense....right or right?
I think if he had gone to college, he might actually had a post game and learned how to play defense.
STAT with a post game and defense would be a top 5 player in the league and the best thing about it: He could score even without a pick and roll PG and still score in the 50% FG range when his jumper is off for weeks like it is right now.
Ultimately we wouldn't even need Chandler, because a STAT with defense could guard the paint too and the huge money we spend on Chandler for that could be invested in a top notch PG or shooting guard.
Melo's offense is probably the most versatile in the NBA, he can score from three, take the mid-range jumper (which he does too often this year), drive to the basket or post up in the paint.
@CA7: Carmelo never passed the first round without Billups, moreover he never won more than one game in the series and that despite having a supporting cast of prime Camby, co-star Iverson and a group of solid role players like including Nene and K-Mart... and now compare it to what LeBron had and how far he made it (3 x semi's, 1 x conference finals and 1 x NBA finals).
I'd love to have him in New York, everything else would be hypocrisy!
The guy has the complete package (apart from the nerves to bring it in the Finals).
I think I wouldn't even hate him if he was a Knick. I'm actually 99,9% sure I wouldn't.
Also LeBron's Cleveland team wouldn't have been able to match up with the Western Conference teams. The 1 year they made it to the Finals they got swept so what does it matter.
Unlike most I followed Melo since Oak Hill he's been my guy and I know how he can be great. Playing for C'ANToni isn't his style, he'd be great with a Rick Adelman, Rick Carlisle or Doc Rivers, he was great with George Karl but C'ANToni's "system" is too reliant on a Point Guard we dont have which affects everything, other coaches can adapt to who they have, why cant he
Well if he can't adapt into D'Antoni's system then why New York? He could push for trading him anywhere else... if he doesn't fit into this team why did Dolan step up and made it happen? The only reasons why Carmelo is a Knick are: "fans" chanting his name at the Garden and a dumb owner who didn't give a stuff about what his GM said... We got an uncomplete "star" and we lost a proven GM with a bunch of solid role players. That deal was meant to make us better, instead it made us worse and improved Denver. SMH @ Dolan...
If by making this team better you mean losing more games and playing the ugliest basketball possible then yes, Melo made this team better.
Newsflash: The deal didn't make us worse. It changed the makeup of the team and our "genius" coach hasn't adjusted to it. We went from a high scoring shooting team to an arguably best frontcourt team in the NBA... or did you forget that too?