I think the whole "stat needs to be a 6th man" thing is ridiculous. Why?... Sure we are playing Carmelo at PF and he is playing well... But since when can carmelo NOT play small forward just as well?..
He played small forward against one of the better defensive small forwards in the league last week and dropped 40. So honestly it doesn't matter where carmelo plays hes gonna score.
When we play small, how many points are we getting from Brewer?... When we play big, how many points do we get from Rasheed or Thomas? How many rebounds and blocked shots also?
At stats VERY worst, he puts up 17 pts, 8 rbs and 2 blocked shots.
People will point at defense, and well if Amar'e can focus on blocking shots and rebounding, well be fine.. because playing small also effects or defense we are giving up way too many jumpers because we keep playing point guards at the 2 and shooting guards at the 3. Then you add all the second chance points we give up because we don't friggin rebound the ball.. it adds up.
Saying they didn't work and didn't play together well last year doesn't make any sense because when they did we had D'Antoni as a coach and no point guard so obviously we aren't going to be a good team.
Last year with woodson when they both played post Lin we went 3-1.. And looked pretty good. So there is no reason to think we need to make a trade that will completely alter the teams identity when we are fine as it is or demand that our highest paid player who is the reason we are even excited about watching this team in the first place right now has to come off the bench when he hasn't even played a game yet.