Carmelo Anthony's New York Knicks were eliminated from the 2013 NBA playoffs in the second round by the Indiana Pacers, but Melo is still at the top of the leaderboard in one category despite the fact he's watching from home.
Amazingly, Anthony still leads the entire NBA playoff field in shots attempted with a whopping 310. Second and third on that list are LeBron James (298) and Tony Parker (281), but Anthony is the only player who participated in the playoffs who has jacked up more than 300 shots.
Obviously, both Parker and James will surpass him during the 2013 NBA Finals because their teams are doing head-to-head battle on the game's biggest stage, but it's nothing short of incredible that Anthony managed to shoot 310 times in 12 games.
In other words, Carmelo managed to average almost 26 shots per game while the Knicks were in the playoffs. Might that be why New York went home early?
Remember when Tyson Chandler said the Knicks needed to share the ball more? Frank Isola of the New York Daily News had the details:
I’m not saying anyone is doing it maliciously. I think it is more so you get into a situation where you want to take over the game or you want to make a big shot where you (should) stick to the game plan. A good team wins basketball games. Unless you’re a great, great, great, great individual … and we only have a few of those come through.
Does Carmelo Anthony need to change his game?
Chandler was blasted by some at the time, but perhaps his comments should be viewed through a different lens now.
After all, the Knicks are sitting at home watching the Finals on television, and Anthony still leads the league in shot attempts during the playoffs.
I guess Anthony forgot about what he said before the season started when he vowed to be a different kind of player who scored fewer points.