Allen Iverson is not the Answer for Carmelo Anthony or the Denver Nuggets

Ralph isaacAnalyst IMarch 11, 2008

I've watched enough Denver Nuggets games to know that Allen Iverson is not the best running mate for Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo is 23 and his game should be growing as much as LeBron's or D-Wade's. He has one of the best mid-range jumpers in the NBA. If there was a last shot to take to win a game, besides Kobe, Carmelo's name would be the first name to come to mind.

Last year, with Andre Miller at the point, Denver had a great record, and Melo was scoring 30 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. I guess we can also blame George Karl also for not emphasizing ball movement to his team.

But the first thorn in his road to greatness at this point is none other than Allen Iverson. Don't get me wrong, the guy he's great; he's the best 6'0" man to lace them up (excluding Isaiah). Every time he has the ball in his hand, the first thought that comes to his mind is shoot. He only passes when he can't score or to get that worthless assist. Charles and Kenny commented on that not long ago also. If you watch other good point guards in the league (CP3, D-Will, Nash, Kidd), you see the clear difference in their game's compared with Iverson;s.     

Why doesn't Denver run the pick and roll?

I've seen Carmelo Anthony set countless picks for Iverson and when he slips behind the defender to receive the ball, it never comes to him. Iverson just attacks the basket and shoots the ball. The only time I've seen him pass the ball is when another defender blocks his way to the basket.

This is why the Andre Miller trade was bad for Denver.

Think about it people, they would have had a much more efficient offense with Andre at the point. They definitely should have put more thought into getting Kidd by trading Iverson. Call me stupid, an idiot or an illiterate when it comes to basketball, but Stevie Wonder can see that Iverson doesn't fit in Denver.

With shooters like J.R. Smith, Linas Kleiza, Carmelo and high-flyers like Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby, Denver would definitely be an elite team out West. The Nuggets would be able to compete with just about anybody if they possessed a legitimate point guard who knew when to distribute and when to score.