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Other key Knicks shooting worse since ‘Melo’s arrival

Mar 28, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

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Since Carmelo Anthony arrived with the Knicks, their offense overall has gotten nominally better. They had averaged 109.8 points per 100 possessions, now that is up to 110.4.

But they haven’t looked good doing it. (And the slightly better offense doesn’t make up for the much worse defense, especially in the fourth quarter. Which is why the Knicks are losing. A lot.)

Other key Knicks have seen their shooting percentages drop since Anthony’s arrival, points out OG Knicks blogger Mike Kurylo at Knickerblogger.

Amar’e Stoudemire has seen a decrease — his true shooting percentage (think points per shot taken, counting free throws and threes) is down 0.5 percent (57 to 56.5 percent) and his points produced per minute is off slightly, also. Landry Fields also has seen a 0.6 decrease in his true shooting percentage, but his points per minute are up slightly as he is getting more shots.

After that Shawne Williams, Ronny Turiaf and Bill Walker all have seen more dramatic drop offs in their shooting percentage and points per minute since Carmelo Anthony’s arrival.

The two players who have seen their numbers go up — Toney Douglas and Roger Mason Junior — both are coming off injuries so their improvement probably have more to do with getting healthy than improved offense.

Part of the problem in New York is that outside of Fields a lot of the guys being asked to do more are guys who played smaller roles before the Knicks traded away all their depth to get Anthony. But added to that is right now there is no flow to the Knicks offense — they play much slower and the ball sticks in the half court, not moving around. Come the playoffs — if they make it — the Knicks will be much easier to defend.

The reasons behind all this are not simple fixes. It doesn’t matter much this season, expectations were overblown for this year anyway, but next season the Knicks need to figure some things out. Because this is New York where expectations are always overblown.

  1. hnirobert3 - Mar 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    The Knicks are back.

  2. dysraw1 - Mar 28, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    big game tonight, u know u can analy ze this situation until the cows come home. the bottom line is weve gotta play some ball out there. we cant be weak in 4th quarter. as far as the team goes it is what it is. so man up &play with what u got

  3. sguy2130 - Mar 28, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Good thing NY has a bunch of draft picks to fill the holes they created by trading for Melo…oh wait.

  4. dysraw1 - Mar 28, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    despite the fact that dick dantone is the coach, i have every faith in our gm. he will come up with something.

    • hnirobert3 - Mar 28, 2011 at 12:59 PM

      Isiah or Donnie?

      • knicksnyny100 - Mar 28, 2011 at 5:33 PM

        Donnie Walsh should be GM of the Decade!for bringing the knicks under cap space w/2 of the top 5 NBA players on the Knicks roster. D’Antoni Must Go

    • knicksnyny100 - Mar 28, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      D’Antoni Must Go!!! Give Phill 10 Mill or Give Doc The Whole Knot!!!!!!!

    • knicksnyny100 - Mar 28, 2011 at 5:36 PM

      Extend Donnie Walsh

  5. knicksnyny100 - Mar 28, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Jared Jeffries is the Knicks problem!and i feel sorry for Melo to have his start in NY derailed by Jeffries who arrived @ the same time,what I wan’t to know is what D’Antoni was thinking about or does he think. D’antoni must Go

    • dysraw1 - Mar 29, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      jj is not that bad a player, hes just out of position too long, in fact he kinda fits because he doesnt have to score to be effective. but i do agree that dick dantone should be canned

  6. hnirobert3 - Mar 29, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    “knicksnyny100 – Mar 28, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Donnie Walsh should be GM of the Decade!for bringing the knicks under cap space w/2 of the top 5 NBA players on the Knicks roster. D’Antoni Must Go”

    Delusional Knicks fan. Melo and Amar’e are both in the top 5? Of the NBA? I can think of 4 players in the Eastern Conference right now that are better than either Melo or Amar’e (LBJ, Rose, Wade, Howard), not including the Western conference (Kobe, Durant, maybe Westbrook, CP3).

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 29, 2011 at 6:56 PM

      If you are not a Knick fan cool, just shut up when Knick fans are posting,
      I don’t remember you being designated the posting police.
      Get a life!

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