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Carmelo Anthony at PF makes sense for Knicks
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On October 24, 2012 @ 1:00 am In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
The New York Knicks may not be the best team in their own city, but they got one key move right this week.
When Amar’e Stoudemire went down with another knee injury, coach Mike Brown responded by telling the news media he would use Carmelo Anthony at power forward. Anthony has played small forward for his entire NBA career, but the move makes so much sense it’s remarkable no one’s thought of it before.
“It’s kind of a nightmare for a lot of (power forwards) in this league because he’s capable of doing so much offensively,” Mike Woodson said Monday (via the New York Daily News). “He can come off screens, can run pick-and-rolls, isolation and post. There’s a variety of things he can do (against) bigger fours that have to guard him.”
To balance the Knicks’ lineup, Ronnie Brewer will start at small forward.
Anthony may be the most pure scorer in the NBA. Let’s be clear: He’s not the best scorer in the NBA. That would be Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder star who has led the league in points a game for three seasons running. But Anthony’s gift is more straightforward: While Durant showcases myriad skills, the Knicks star puts the ball in the basket.
He led the USA in scoring at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, then was second (behind Durant) in far fewer minutes at the London Games this summer. One of his big advantages in international play: Anthony can shift to power forward because of smaller lineups.
Anthony is not a wing player or a post player. He operates best from the elbows, where he can use his remarkable jab-step to free himself up for jump shots or drives.
Let’s turn to some video (h/t The Hoop Doctors) for a demonstration:
Anthony initially played small forward because he measured out like one. He entered the league at 6-8, 230 pounds, and size decides positions as much as anything in the NBA draft. He also went to a team, the Denver Nuggets, with a strong post duo in Marcus Camby and Nene. Denver needed help on the wings, as the Knicks … [For more on Carmelo Anthony at power forward makes perfect sense for Knicks, click here.]
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