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Breaking Down Carmelo Anthony's Favorite New Sweet Spot

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks and P.J. Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns jockey for position at Madison Square Garden on December 2, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Suns 106-99.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterJanuary 13, 2017

Carmelo Anthony is scorching to the tune of a .522 effective field-goal percentage (a field-goal mark that incorporates three pointer value). He's also playing a new position, which could lead to new habits.

With Amar'e Stoudemire out with yet another injury, Melo has solidified his role as a power forward. Shifting Anthony from a "three" to a "four" does more than alter Melo's role—It changes the entire Knicks offense.

Now, New York has a "four out" strategy wherein four three-point shooters surround center Tyson Chandler. This makes for a lot more space for every Knicks player.

The shift also fuels New York's Euro-style drive-and-kick game. In this style, one man drives, suctioning the defense towards him, and starting the process of swinging the ball around the horn to an open man. You can see this action on many of New York's 19 threes against Miami:

For Melo, the early results are that he's shooting more from farther away and better from farther away. Take a look at Carmelo's short chart so far: 

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