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Carmelo Anthony still leads NBA in playoff shots

Jun 7, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

Roy Hibbert, George Hill, Carmelo Anthony

We’re in the midst of the NBA Finals, and Carmelo Anthony, whose Knicks were eliminated in the second round, still leads the league in playoff shots.

Melo attempted 310 field goals in his 12 games before the Pacers eliminated the Knicks.

LeBron, who is in second place and 12 shots back will likely pass Melo in Game 2 of the Finals. For now, Melo has the lead despite playing five fewer playoff games than LeBron and scoring 91 fewer points.

Only Michael Jordan (1989 and 1990) and Elgin Baylor (1961) led a postseason in field-goal attempts without making the Finals, but if he works hard this offseason, maybe Melo can join that list next year.

  1. kingbeason52 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    That is why he is nothing more than a glorified role player..He will never be THE guy until he loses 15 pounds, learns how to get other people involved, and actually cares about playing defense

    • 4thquartermagic - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      A decade ago, people said the same things about Melo’s game.
      He is who he is.

      Good luck New York.

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        Talk all the garbage you want and you don’t even watch their games, Melo
        was the bailout man during the postseason and JR lost his game.
        I don’t listen to people who don’t watch the knicks because they know not what they say.
        I notice a lot of people don’t even say what team they cheer for, that is a punk move
        to me.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        A decade later and the Magic are once again in the lottery. Maybe this player will stay.

  2. readysethike - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    thank u for this random useless fact. go spurs

  3. m4a188 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I can’t believe people in New York still think they can win him as the franchise player.

    • cnyphinfan - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      We believe he can win with more help to shoulder the offensive load……..too many on the team were non-scoring threats or were streaky shooters who missed more in the playoffs then they did in the regular season…….

      • jjpt4540 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        He wont pass the ball so it doesn’t matter who his teammates are. It’s the old give Melo the ball and get out of the way.

    • money2long - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      his shoulder literally couldn’t handle any load. and that’s what people are forgetting with this statistic. but if lebron had a hurt pinkie, and missed shots, that’d be included in the numbers. right ?

      • money2long - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        also, consider when melo realized he was playing with a ghost version of JR smith, a center who is reluctant to shoot, jason kidd who was probably in retirement for most of the playoffs already and wouldn’t score, and i don’t know who else, but melo couldn’t get much scoring help. amare was signed to be that guy. but we all know his story. so relax on this dumb statistic. and look at the big picture.

        the first guy who is calling out melo for being a glorified role player is really not smart for saying so. this type of statistic breeds negative light when you don’t look at everything. at some point in the season, i’m pretty sure some heads in the NBA world were whispering about melo as mvp. you’re just a fan. when the knicks were clicking everyone starts to see how dominant melo can be. when his teammates go on vacation during games and leaves him on an island to be the man, he has to do so.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      they sure did a lot of winning this year, are you
      a drunk old lady?

  4. rustyshackleford1 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    clearly the MVP

  5. bucrightoff - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I wouldn’t necessarily say it shows he’s a glorified role player so much as it shows how much their offense dies when he gets the ball. Basically once he gets it there’s a 75-80% chance he’s shooting. As we saw last night the great teams move the ball rather than stick to isos.

  6. cnyphinfan - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Let’s not act like he had other great players on his team to try to shoulder the burden of scoring…….
    He needs more help……..no one on his team would be considered a good scorer – at best they were streaky shooters…..not guys you could lean on to get a bucket……..thus the high number of shots……when the Knicks were the best this year, he was moving the ball out of double teams and guys were hitting shots……the good shooting ended in the playoffs……so he was the only one relied on to score…..

    • redbullenergydrink - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      when the Knicks were the best this year, he was moving the ball out of double teams and guys were hitting shots

      …… since when did Melo pass out of double teams? When he gets the ball, it’s 1v5.

  7. aboogy123456 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    The Melo hate has gone so far to the point that he is one of the most underrated players in the league. He is a scorer, and I don’t think he is selfish at all. He is so good at drawing the double team and then finding the open man, and because of that he makes his teammates better.

    The knicks did pretty well considering their lack of talent, and their success was mostly due to Melo. NBA fans and media are usually too dumb to understand what’s actually happening on the court so they just point to team success to make analysis easier.

  8. aboogy123456 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Melo has become one of the most underrated players in the league

    • jamieaadams - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      I think his skills at the buffet are underrated.

  9. aboogy123456 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    He is a scorer, and I don’t think he is selfish at all. He is so good at drawing the double team and then finding the open man, and because of that he makes his teammates better.

    The knicks did pretty well considering their lack of talent, and their success was mostly due to Melo. NBA fans don’t try to understand what’s actually happening on the court so they just point to team success to make analysis easier.

  10. biasedhomer - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    He is a me first player.

    If he ever decides to share the ball and do more than just score, he can take his team far into the playoffs. Say what you want about Lebron, but he’s learned this and is doing other things than asking for the ball every possession.

    • djeter220 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      It’s pretty easy to learn to share the ball when you’re passing to Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. It’s a little different.

  11. jzone954 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Wow this is and Interesting article…..and a complete eye opener. Man….bro you gotta get your teammates involved more

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      who else could shoot on that team, they need Melo to bail them out.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        Who else? Well Mehog/Mebrick shot .449 percent this year. As a team, the Knick’s shot .448 percent, which I’ll just call a tie.

        Since we all know that for an average, there had to be others above the average and those below it on a team of 15 players taking shots throughout the year.

        So there were several that shot better than he did. There are only so many possessions and shot attempts per game. People who make the highest percentage of their shots would be those I’d want taking the most shots…

  12. jzone954 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    As a heat fan I would love to see Melo battle it out with James. I have nothing but respect for this dude. Even though I believe he’s not on lebrons level as the complete package.

  13. aboogy123456 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    I think Carmelo does a better job of making his team better than Kevin Durant, who gets all the praise in the world. Kevin Durant resorts to jacking up long two’s and 3 pointers because he’s so tall and such a good shooter. He’s efficient but it doesn’t really open up the offense. Carmelo may not be as good of a shooter, but he has more variety to his game. He has such good post up skills, unlike Durant, and when they give it to him in the post it forces the double team and creates open shots. Durant doesn’t get the same treatment from fans because his team has far more talent than the knicks, but he needs to add more to his game if he wants the thunder to take the next step.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Melo takes more shots from the inside, but Durant shoots far more efficient from inside. Durant has an efficiency FG% of 71.2% inside compared to Melo’s 54.4%. Melo also has 16% of his inside shots blocked compared to Durant’s 8%.

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Very good stats, thanks. Do you have any information as to what percentage of Melo’s total shots are from inside, compared to what percentage of Durant’s total shots are from inside? They are both efficient, but Durant’s may not be spending as much time down low, mostly on open dunks and layups.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        Melo took 26% of his shots from inside this season, Durant 19%. Durant attempted dunks on 7% of shots versus 2% for Melo.

    • borderline1988 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      It’s not just about ‘opening up the game’, especially for a wing player.

      Some players just have a knack for 1) understanding where players are on the court 2) keeping their heads up and looking around when dribbling and driving to the basket 3) making good decisions in traffic

      Lebron has all of that, in spades. Carmelo simply doesn’t. When Carmelo drives, he doesn’t look around…he’s thinking shot all the way, from the second he makes the decision to put the ball on the floor. He also doesn’t get court spacing as well…he sees an open crosscourt lane but just doesn’t have that feel regarding whether a defender is close enought to stick his hand in the way and steal the pass.

      Lebron isn’t a great passer in terms of his ability to see behind his back, or pass with either hand behind the back, or anything flashy like that. It’s just he has a knack for the spacing around the court, and he always keeps his head up. So it allows him to make the correct decision on the floor.

      Poorly passing post players can learn to pass better and become at least decent passers…I don’t think wing players can as much. They either have it or they don’t. Carmelo is what he is…a great scorer but you better have a well-rounded team surrounding him b/c he can’t do all the things on the floor that other superstars can.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      aboogy123456… There are only so many shots and possessions each game. The Knicks averaged 81.46 field goal attempts per game this past year (regular season only).

      Mehog/Mebrick averaged 22.22 shots per game this year in the 67 games he played in. His field goal percentage was only .449 percent.

      Durant’s field goal percentage was .510 percent, substantially higher.

      Now, about all of those 3 point attempts you say Durant jacks up outside. He attempted 334 three pointers this year in 81 games played for an average of 4.12 three pointers per game.

      Mehog attempted 414 three point shots this year in 67 games for an average of 6.18 three pointers per game.

      Mebrick took a lot of 3 point shots this year. How did he do? Well he only made .379 percent of them.

      Durant made .416 percent of his 3 pointers.

      Knicks opponents just love Melo throwing up bricks. There is only so much time in an NBA game. There are only so many possessions, so many shots a team gets to attempt. Melo attempts so many and makes so few that they are fine with him jacking up his shots.

      If he really took so many inside, it’s a shame he didn’t make more because his shooting percentage is way down there…

      Oh, your point about helping out teammates, a few words on that too since I’m here.

      Mehog averaged 2.6 assists per game. Durant averaged 4.6 assists per game.

      Mehog averaged 6.9 rebounds per game. Durant averaged 7.9 rebounds per game.

      Since Mehog posted up so much and since he missed so many shots (he didn’t have a pretty field goal percentage), he should have grabbed more boards. I mean he was down there posting up a lot unlike Durant and he took and missed enough shots on his own, guess he couldn’t follow his own shot up and grab the rebound.

      Durant, for being so far outside, you know all those three pointers (much less than Mehog attempted) and long 2 point shots you say he took, it’s a wonder that he was close enough to grab 7.9 boards a game…

      You’d think Mebrick would have more boards per game posting up so much and missing so many shots…

  14. jzone954 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Yea but Durants an infant compared to melo. And Durant has a chance to grow into something super special

    • aboogy123456 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      I agree, Durant improves his game every summer and is getting better at a faster rate than Melo. I think he needs to add a post game and I think he has all the ability in the world. He will be better than Melo, but just not yet.

      • senorpapino - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        I disagree. Durant was only the third player to average 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in a postseason besides MJ and Lebron. this year. His overall game is beyond Melo’s.

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        Melo just hangs out with LaLa all summer by the pool
        and paints her toenails and then in the afternoon they
        play dress up.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        aboogy123456 Durant is better in every way right now on the court than Melo. Better 2 point shooter, better free throw shooter, better 3 point shooter (none of these are even close by the way). Durant rebounds a lot more than Melo, dishes out many more assists than Melo. Durant is widely considered as the 2nd best player in the NBA behind LeBron. Melo is not in the conversation as who might be the 2nd best behind LeBron…

        Durant’s efficiency rating this year was 30.4 and he was the only one above 30 other than LeBron. Melo’s was a very good 23.2. This is good but it wasn’t close to Durant’s…

        Talking about the future and how good Durant can be, well his efficiency rating is already well above Melo’s. Now let’s look at their career PER (player efficiency ratings). Since Melo is older, but not yet old, he’s gone through some of what should be his best seasons. Durant, being young is on the rise, but that means his first few seasons, his PER won’t be as good as it will get. In other words, everything is set up for Melo’s to be higher since he’s played season’s through his mid to late 20’s vs. the baby Durant as players first 3 to 4 yrs aren’t their best years…

        Melo’s career efficiency rating is 20.79 and he is 49th on the all time NBA list for career PER.

        Baby Durant’s career efficiency rating is 23.60 and he is currently 15th on the all time NBA list for this. His 23.60 is low due to his first few yrs in the league (still well above the veteran Melo). Durant’s 30 plus PER this year is how he will perform for several yrs in the future yet and he will climb well above a 23.60 career PER. Melo’s won’t be skyrocketing much and will soon begin to decline…

        And you think that Durant will be better than Melo, but just not yet…?

        What stats can you show that would make us think that Melo, while very good, is better than Durant now?

  15. sportsnut101 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Might be time to trade melo he shoots so much Their cap situation is horrible There stuck with amare who can only play 15 min a night 2 more yrs of him ughh

    See if raptors will take amare for bargini

  16. dinardodp - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    The debates will linger, but the proof is in the numbers. I will be no means lay all the blame on one player, rather a redundant system that allows teams to figure out what we are doing blind folded. Unless the Knicks and Melo reinvent themselves, we will be seeing the same for a few more years. Knicks need players with better basketball IQs, there is no strange, X Files theory out that one can create to understand why the Spurs have been so successful for so long….

  17. scilz34 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Ppl try and dump on Melo cuz it’s easy to dump on Melo… But 99.9999 percent of those ppl know nothing about ball. Only argument I hear is “he needs to pass the ball” oh yea? To who? Beside JR and occasionally Felton who else is creating his on shot? Only thing I wish he would do is make quicker decisions… Other than that Melo has done no wrong.. He is underrated… Noooooobody wins a chip by themselves… Mike had Pippen Kobe had shaq… And speaking of Kobe!! Replace Melo name with Kobe and people would be praising Melos numbers… Now back to my point… Simply put nobody wins alone and right now Melo is alone… Please bring that man some help!!

  18. dolphindubs - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Does that mean Jordan wasnt always made out of gold? He actually had….faults? Nooooooo…..

  19. 2bemoore43 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    never understood the hate for ‘melo… dude plays ham on teams w/ subpar talent. bron-bron was idolized for scoring 27 str8 against Det in ECF a few years back, yet ‘melo is villified for being the ponies one trick? i call shenanigans!

  20. themagicfanguy - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    @aboogy *overrated. There, fixed that for you.
    Dude is a gunner who can’t shoot 50% on any normal night, he doesn’t workout and is always out of shape, plus he can’t play defense. Overrated as a player can be.

  21. jadaruler - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    That’s amazing!!! Melo has the tools but has not shown a willingness to change his game. We complain about LeBron not “dominating” the game while having a triple double and playing strong defense.

    We all would take passive Bron over Melo’s hero ball.

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