The 3? The 4?
I went back through Melo's impeccable run playing PF last season, in that amazing April in which he was toted EC Player of the Month, just to make a point.
Whilst playing at the power forward position in April '12.
※ Dropped a stellar 39, 10, 2, 2 steals and a blocked shot in Indiana, April 3.
※ Dropped a lackadaisical 19, 8 and 3 in 28 minutes in Orlando, April 5.
※ Destroyed Chicago for 43, 7, 3, 1 steal and 1 swat on April 8.
※ On April 10, 2012 Carmelo Anthony scored 29, 2, 5 and 3 steals in a loss to Chicago, April 10.
※ Melo scored 32, 10, 2 and a block V Milwaukee, April 11.
※ The Beast on the Block scored 18 points, 5 boards a steal and a block in a demoralising victory against the Wiz, April 13.
※ 42, 9, 5 and a steal in a loss to the cHeat, April 15.
※ On April 17, Melo scorched the Celtic f*ggots for 35, 12, 10 and 2 steals @ MSG. His 2nd ever career triple dip.
★ It's seriously worth another look.
※ April 18, 33, 7, 4 and a steal in a 104-95 win over the Nyets.
※ Had a steaming pile of sh*t game V Cleveland Cavaliers on April 20: 12 points, in the most dampening loss of the season.
※ Came soaring back V Atlanta in the next game, April 22, dropping 39, 10, 2 and 2 pilfers. I remember him ripping down the decisive defensive rebound to seal the victory, as well.
● He would no doubt have even topped these numbers, though some of us may forgotten, he only played 28 minutes in an impressive NYK win over the Los Angeles Clippers, and 29 minutes in the April 13th thumping of the Washington Wizards.
● He was a mismatch nightmare for every team, as his combination of fleet feet, range and strength tore up every opponent, and made the ball movement seem almost effortless at times, even as the primary option.
Final Point. It's a standout!
In 13 games starting at power forward last season (during STAT's absence, naturally), Melo averaged 30 points per 36 minutes on 50.5 percent shooting. The Knicks' offensive rating with Anthony at power forward was 108.9.
In 42 games at small forward, Anthony averaged 21.8 points per 36 minutes on 40.1 percent shooting and the Knicks' offensive rating (a measure of points scored per 100 possessions) was 100.4.
However, this is what Melo had to say in regard to his preferred position on the court - "Right now, we have guys in that position. We want to keep it like that," Anthony said Monday when asked about playing more power forward this year. "I'd rather play my natural position then go down there and play the 4, the 5 and things that I don't really want to do. So with the guys that we have now, I find that we're definitely that much more effective."
When asked if he meant that, as long as his teammates remain healthy, his preference is to play the wing, Anthony said, "Absolutely."