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Melo's shooting percentages are up across the board this season, though he's still not a particularly efficient player. Surprisingly, though, the Knicks have emerged as a juggernaut in that regard.
Last season, the volume-scoring Knicks were just 19th in the league in offensive efficiency, averaging a paltry 101.4 points per 100 possessions. It's a completely different story in 2012-13, as New York's 110.3 points put them in a tie with the Miami Heat for the most efficient offense in the NBA.
The Knicks are generally a better shooting bunch from top to bottom, but Melo deserves some credit for this leap for two reasons.
First, his sustained success at the power forward position allows the Knicks to put another one of their stellar three-point shooters on the floor. When you're on a top-five team in percentage from beyond the arc, that is a substantial contribution.
Second, he has been an active participant in New York's ball movement on the perimeter. Though his 2.0 assists per game are actually more than a full assist below his career average, the eyeball test shows that Melo has been picking up a good amount of "hockey assists." It may not show up in the box score, but Anthony has been instrumental in terms of the Knicks' ability at finding the open man.
Not only is he scoring on his own, but the team stats show that Melo is doing his part to make his teammates better. When that improvement translates into victory, it bodes well for his MVP case.