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Bill Walton: “Carmelo does not have what it takes to be the great player”

Oct 29, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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Bill Walton and top basketball statistician agree on something. Excuse me for a minute while I relocate myself to my underground bunker.

New York Knicks fans are still living in the Carmelo Anthony fantasy land, picturing him and Amare Stoudemire as two-thirds of the powerhouse trio they need to return to glory in the East.

Walton was on ESPN 1050 in New York and was asked about pairing Anthony and Stoudemire, He’s not a fan, as you can hear in this podcast clip.

Carmelo, to me, does not have what it takes to be the great player. He puts up nice numbers, he makes a great salary, the media, publicity all likes him, but does he win the games? Does he make the squad better? Does he pull guys together?

It hasn’t happened in Denver at all. I’m a big Amare Stoudemire fan, I will hold my tongue on Carmelo.

That’s holding your tongue?

Remember that Tom Haberstroh — a stats guru that works for ESPN as well as at Hoopdata — wrote a column saying Anthony is not an efficient enough player right now to be elite. Another report said the reason he is not efficient is he takes too many contested jumpers and that hurts his efficiency. He has played with top players before — Chauncey Billups right now for one — and that pattern hasn’t changed.

So no matter how you get there — statistics or whatever it is that is rattling around in Walton’s head — there are a lot of questions to answer about how good a fit Anthony really is in New York. Not that it would stop Knicks fans from pulling the trigger on a deal.

  1. richmondboy - Oct 29, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    I love it! Bill Walton the same guy who a few years ago said the same thing about KOBE BRYANT now calls out Melo… Also as a huge advanced stat nut, there is plenty of data claiming that Kobe isn’t remarkably efficient either, but he has how many rings??? The pairing of Melo in New York isnt just “Melo scores a bunch of points, he’ll win us a ring” When speaking of a player’s efficiency can anyone name 5 players more efficient at scoring than Amar’e? Didnt think so.. couple that with a high volume scorer like Melo (who by advanced metrics actually IS EFFICIENT true shooting% last season was at .564, higher than all but 4 of D-Wade’s seasons, and all but TWO OF KOBE’S!!!)there is no doubting how dangerous an offensive two-some that is. Not to mention if we can put those two on the floor together is there any doubt that CP3 will soon follow? No Melo is not LeBron, or Durant or even Wade, but Melo + Amar’e probably equals Paul. i dont think anyone can argue against that.

  2. zblott - Oct 29, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    No crap

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