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Carmelo Antony wants more pick-and-roll chances

Aug 23, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony, Francisco Garcia

Last season, Carmelo Anthony got 10.6 percent of his shots as the pick-and-roll ball handler and it was one of his most effective weapons (he shot 47.9 percent and scored an impressive 1.07 points per possession). Still that was less shot attempts than he got through isolation (27.1 percent), post ups (20.8 percent) and even as a spot-up shooter (14.6 percent).

That 10.6 percent was up slightly from the 7.9 percent the year before, and if you go back it was more than the 7.7 percent of chances he got on the P&R his last season in Denver. (All stats via Synergy Sports).

But Anthony wants more.

That’s what he told Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com.

“I want to continue doing that and figuring that part out, but that comes along with the territory and the game situation,” he said. “It’s all about just trying to tighten up those screws that you already have, and just having fun with it.”

He should get more chances because maybe with it he will drive and attack more — Anthony is far more efficient when he attacks compared to when he settles and pulls up for a jumper.

With Tyson Chandler on the roster the Knicks have one of the better pick-setting bigs in the game (and he can finish on the roll if you get him the rock). Having Chandler out setting picks clears the lane for drives. The Knicks need to take advantage of this with ‘Melo, and maybe even run some 4/3 pick-and-rolls with Metta World Peace setting the screen (he can do that well and is a threat to pop out to the arc). You can tinker with that in the preseason.

If it means fewer isolation sets and more players moving and involved, if it means more attacking Carmelo, the Knicks should do it. They need to have guys knock down shots to make the spacing work around it, but anything they can do that makes the offense more efficient they should do. Having both Raymond Felton and ‘Melo effective at the pick-and-roll is just another weapon Mike Woodson should exploit.

  1. cantonbound13 - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Woodson needs to work on developing more offensive plays. The team has no offensive plays & are far too predictable.

    • leahcima1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Woody should hammer into Melo’s head that basketball is a team sport, with five guys working in unison, rather then one ball stopper freezing his mates to play iso. The Knicks have a chance of being a good team and finishing in the top four in the East with a little luck and Melo playing smart. If they can make it into the top four they have a chance to get out of the quarters into the semis. If they can win the semi’s anything can happen in the finals.

    • knickshater - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      And Melo needs to look up the definition of the word “pass.”

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      All jealous haters like you need to get ready for another season of failure by the Knicks. At least you’ve got your hate and jealousy to fall back on when LeBron wins another MVP/championship.

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        every time you open your big mouth you prove my point.

  2. dysraw1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    a lot of things should change this coming campaign,Woody has more tools than hes ever had. can’t wait we are deep

    • legend30 - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Has more tools? Who Bargnani? He’s basically a taller version of Steve Novak.

      • dysraw1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        you know he’s suffering with illness at the moment, and only god knows the outcome of that. but in his seasons where his health didn’t fail him he was really tough to defend. but not only that we got the Beno part of the Bene & Geno show

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Uh, look up Barg’s career shooting numbers and percentages and compare them to Novak’s…

        Novak led the league two seasons ago in 3 pt shooting at .472%.

        Novak’s career 3 pt percentage is .433%

        Barg’s has had ONLY one season over 40% and he only averaged .409% that season in 3 pt shots.

        Check out their true shooting percentages too, Novak’s is incredibly high and not just compared to Barg’s…

  3. mrbhenderson - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Wouldn’t this mean Carmelo would have to be a threat to pass the ball?

  4. dysraw1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Stevie two guns was a nice part of troubled organization reversing its look, like J Linn he was a guy i saw as being in the right place at the right time. don’t get me wrong i applaud J Linn & two guns performances while in Knicks uniforms, i think Andrea Bargnani a little better skill set than both though. hope he gets healthy an chooses this year to get his name back

  5. knickshater - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Do the Knicks monitor the weight of their players? Fat Melo and Fat Felton look like they could eat a whole cow in one sitting.

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    No problem, Carmelo… just do what I do: pick up NBA 2K14, select the Rockets, and run P&Rs on every offensive possession.

  7. adamsjohn714 - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Just double Carmelo off the pick. It’s not like he’s going to pass, and if he does, he’s got a high chance of turning it over. Trying to do something you’ve never done isn’t easy.

  8. dyn0myte - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    How do you spell Amare now?
    Where do you find Amare now?

  9. kingofflops - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Just send JR, Amare and Felton to the Celtics for Rondo & Wallace and see Carmelo explode. I bet Chandler will also be happy to play with Rondo.

  10. elnogo - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    I’m a Big Melo fan. But I been saying for a while. Melo should be this generation Barkley undersize PF. He don’t need ti play good D if he would get at least 10 reb per game he would help the team dead last in def rebounds in the league. C’mon 6’8″ 230 is not fat. He’s just like Barkley when he was playing looks fat but its actually really strong.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Carmelo is so far from being like Barkley it’s ridiculous. Sir Charles was a ridiculously efficient scorer. Melo is not.

  11. elnogo - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    I was talking in the physical stand point. Their games are not similar at all.

  12. fahmundamahbalsaq - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    So Melo wants to shoot more. Is that even possible? This fool doesn’t get it and any Knick fan that doesn’t have his head in his ass would agree. Say it together everyone “One and done in the playoffs!”.

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