Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Before the season, Carmelo Anthony vowed to be more team-oriented. He's delivered.
Before the season, Carmelo Anthony finally began to address his flaws as a leader. He was brought to Madison Square Garden to lead the Knicks to championships, and the team has floundered miserably since his arrival.
'Melo touched on this during media day last month. “At the end of the day it’s about winning basketball games,” he said to Newsday. “I’m done trying to score 30, 35, 40 points for us to win a basketball game. I don’t want that role anymore.”
In a separate interview, he told ESPN New York that, ultimately, it will be his trust in the players around him that propel the Knicks to success this year.
"I think at the end of the day for all of us, if we can trust one another out there on the basketball court it will make things a lot easier," he said. He referenced his Olympic experience as the model for triumph.
"Being with the guys that were on that team this summer, it really put that in perspective," he said. "It's easy when you have 12 of the best guys in the world on one team but that same mindset (should translate to New York)," he said.
"To incorporate that now, to my own team, it makes things a lot easier for myself."
So far, it's worked.
Every player on the floor has an equal chance of scoring the ball. And when 'Melo does have the ball, he's sending it through the basket at a scary rate. As a player whose biggest knock has been a lack of offensive efficiency, Anthony's numbers in the first three games have been astonishing.
He has scored 23 points on average, with a PER of 24.48, bettering his mark from a year ago of 21.15.
The way he's moving the ball is something we haven't seen in Melo's Knicks tenure. If he keeps it up, New York's unstoppable offense just might be the reason why they'll be favored to finish second in the East.