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Where will Carmelo Anthony arrive? (Shawn Gardner/Getty Images)
It’s mid-September, and Carmelo Anthony is still a free agent.
In many ways, that should come as no surprise. He is 38 years old, and has square plus/minus Over the past five years, the replacement level (in other wordsaround the bench player or the bench end player).
If you narrow the review down to the last two seasons, there’s reason to believe Melo can still be a useful player, especially on the offensive end.
His numbers since the start of 2020-21 indicate a marked shift. After scoring just 294 minutes in 2018-2019, it looked like Anthony was on the verge of exiting the NBA altogether.
But over the course of his last two campaigns with the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers, Milo put in 19.2 points and 2.9 three. For every 75 possessions While firing 39.1 percent of the depth.
This kind of shot from a 6’7″ striker can loosen things up on attack, especially if a big opponent is assigned to defend. There are a few teams in the league that would benefit from Milo’s extended 15-20 minute game.
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back in August, New York Post‘s Brian Lewis She mentioned that signing Anthony to the Brooklyn Nets was a move Kevin Durant wanted to “make”.
Not long after that, HoopsHype’s Michael Scott He threw some cold water on that idea, writing, “Despite separate reports about Networks considering Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony extras as free agent, Brooklyn is not interested in adding any of the current veterans.”
However, despite the shaky record of active players crafting their own team rosters, you can see where the KD came from (assuming the initial report is correct).
Brooklyn recently signed Markieff Morris, but the front court is still a bit weak. As currently created, Ben Simmons and Durant may have to play around 5, and these formations can use shooting at 4.
Anthony could provide that in limited minutes, and given the recent strength of Durant, Simmons and Morris, Milo could find himself playing a bit more than expected.
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Earlier this season, ESPN’s Bobby Marks He called the reunion with the New York Knicks “Anthony’s best choice.”
When you look at their current depth chart, it’s easy to see why.
Julius Randle had a brutally negative Effect On the points difference for the Knicks last season, he shot just 30.8 per cent of three. Obi Tobin is clearly the future New Yorker in this position, but he struggled from deep within, too.
For the Knicks centers, Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein are certainly good, but they aren’t ground breaks either.
At the very least, having the option of deploying a ground spacer in the frontal area can make life easier for slashers like RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley and Jalen Brunson.
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The Chicago Bulls are another team that can use more than three-point shooting.
In 2021-22, they finished 29 in the league three times for every 100 possessions. If they want to threaten a top 10 offense, they may need to increase their size from there, and Milo can help.
Over the past two seasons, between players who have scored at least several minutes, only six Match or exceed each of Anthony’s scores for three times per possession and three percentage points.
In parallel with DeMar DeRozan’s squads picking teams apart from short and medium range, having this type of shooting out to pull defenses out into the ocean can do wonders.
With quite a few other options currently on the list to play 4, Anthony might be able to earn 15-20 minutes per game out there.
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next Reports That Danilo Gallinari tore his ACL while competing in the EuroBasket, the idea of Melo stepping in to fill the role is starting to gain traction on social media.
this week, Boston GlobeGary Washburn made it sound like a real possibility.
“This is starting to gain traction because Anthony may be the best remaining striker on the market, and he has shown himself to be an offensive product despite his age,” Washburn Wrote. “Anthony wants a chance to win a championship, and this could be his best chance.”
The Milo may be four years older than the Gallo, but its 2021-22 production was comparable.
Andy Bailey @AndrewDBailey
2021-22 Carmelo Anthony
18.4 points, 5.8 REB, 3.0 3P, 1.4 AST, 1.0 BLK, 0.9 STL for every 75 possible, +1.3 rTS%, -0.6 EPM, -2.5 NetRtg (+2.0 swing) < br>
2021-22 Danilo Gallinari
17.0 points, 6.8 REB, 2.5 3P, 2.2 AST, 0.3 BLK, 0.6 STL for every 75 possible, +1.3 rTS%, -0.3 EPM, +2.8 NetRtg (+2.4 swing)
And if there’s ever a league team well-equipped to cover Anthony’s defensive shortcomings, it’s the Boston Celtics.
Gallinari was signed to improve the spacing and probably avoid Al Horford’s legs from time to time. For at least a year, Anthony will probably do the same.