Late in the 2011-12 NBA season, both players were still trotting onto the court at small forward. LeBron and Melo had become two of the best players in the league playing that position, and they were each flanked by high-profile big men in Chris Bosh and Amar'e Stoudemire, respectively.
When Bosh went down in the playoffs, James moved up a spot and unleashed his athleticism in ways he never could when he was playing the 3. With Amar'e on the shelf so far for the Knicks, Melo has made the same move, and both player and team are playing some of their best basketball in years.
There could be the impulse when Stoudemire returns to move Melo back to small forward and proceed as before. However, if the Knicks want to get the best out of Anthony and the players around him, they have to keep playing him as a power forward in the LeBron mold. Let's take a look at the reasons why.