Good read though I don't buy the assertion that the triple threat position is not the most effective way to beat your defender to score. The triple threat doesn't always result in a face up jump shot which was probably the only scoring measured in the 128-279 stat, probably doesn't take into consideration how many points he scores on the jab and go or other options created by the triple threat.
There's no way anyone can justify 48 minutes of "Isolation" from Melo & JR .. they did nothing for the growth of the Denver Nuggets in 7 seasons, and the Knicks changing 65% of their roster of players each season for 3 straight seasons having a 40 minute ISO-Melo running the whole show ....
At the start of the 2012-13 season we added 10 new players, at the start of the 2013-14 season we are adding 8 new players .. this type of seasonal change-pattern to a roster from 2010-11 to 2013-14 does not indicate a same-page contender.
To make this long sophisticated article short, "Melo took 98% of his teammates out of the offense for several reasons" .. And the number #1 reason is ISO-Melo is only known as a NBA-Star from consistently being a top-10 to top-3 high scorer, it seems ISO-Melo being a career 45% shooter does not matter in this article (or ISO-JR's 41% shooting).But isolation, even if it's sometimes statistically more efficient than other forms of offense, can have particularly devastating effects in the long-term scope of a game. Non-isolators miss shots due to lack of engagement in the flow of play; defensive effort suffers for similar reasons; shots become more ill-advised because players want to capitalize on their limited touches.
And that's what's so difficult about designing a Carmelo Anthony-led offense. How do you balance his strongest asset against the integration of the entire team? At the beginning of last season, the offense flowed through, instead of towards, isolation. If guarded one-on-one with little to no help, Melo would eat his defender alive. If doubled or pressured with weak side rotation, he would kick the ball out for three-point shots or secondary penetration.
But once those shots stopped falling (Jason Kidd's, most notably) Anthony stopped trusting teammates. With less trust came more possessions ending in isolation, which in turn fueled the perimeter shooting struggles, which fueled more isolation, and so on. Indiana funneled New York towards this cycle in the second round of the playoffs, and it eventually helped the Pacers grind the Knicks offense to a halt.
Plus ISO-Melo average 5 trips to the foul-line, which those 5 missed shots are never included in Melo's fg percentage stats .... the Knicks averaging 99 point games for 60% wins in two seasons has more to do with our team-defense & 3-ball shooting.
Melo becoming a better player by focussing on getting involve in the P&R .. lets see, lastseason we had 6 players on the roster that played in the NBA FINALS, and 4 players with Rings. Not to mention we had 5 veteran bigmen on the roster who based their career off of the Pick n Roll.
None of these players will defend ISO ISO ISO for 48 minutes per game