From day one, it seems, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire’s inability to make it work has haunted the back pages and hampered the New York Knicks’ progression to the next level.
It’s not rumor, either. It’s a fact: The Knicks, with this roster, cannot consider themselves in the same league as the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and more, unless that frequently talked about Anthony-Stoudemire coexistence sizzles on the offensive end. And if it doesn’t, and the Knicks are bounced early in the postseason again after copping a lame seed, you can be sure the pair’s fizzle will still be reason No. 1 in fans’ conversations and on those back pages (and every other form of NBA media).
It is also a fact that not only have the dynamic duo failed to rescue Gotham from Round 1 exits, they have set the team back from its offensive heights during the brief Stoudemire-only era.
According to Sports Illustrated,
“New York scored only 98.5 points per 100 possessions with Anthony, Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler on the court together. That’s a mark that would have tied Toronto for 25th in points per possession.”
When the Stoudemire-Raymond Felton pick-and-roll under Mike D’Antoni ran the floor back in late 2010, the Knicks consistently posted a top-three offense. Defense was the big problem back then.
Tyson Chandler solved much of the team’s defensive malaise. And now with Marcus Camby in the mix and Mike Woodson running the show, the Knicks look further improved on that end.
But what about that offense, and the Knicks’ mismatch in Anthony and Stoudemire?