Carmelo Anthony continues to put up ridiculous numbers, and his play has the New York Knicks playing better basketball than practically everyone else so far this season.
Anthony has helped the Knicks to a 9-3 start and their current first-place position in the Atlantic Division. New York is averaging 103.4 points per game and is allowing 95.4 PPG, both of which rank them in the top ten in each category.
The star forward may not contribute much defensively, but he’s been an absolute force on the offensive end. Anthony is averaging 25.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game so far on the year.
But, the biggest difference for Anthony is he’s been a far more efficient scorer, and that’s primarily because Mike Woodson has been playing him at the four with Amare Stoudemire out. Anthony is torching opposing defenders with his athletic ability and deadly shooting stroke.
That’s why Anthony is averaging 47.0 percent shooting overall and an impressive 41.9 percent from three. The overall mark is his best since the 2007/09 season and his three-point average is in the top two of his career.
This is a big reason why the Knicks are cashing in the NBA odds seemingly every night. Oddsmakers still aren’t giving these guys enough respect.
We could see some sizable changes once Stoudemire returns to full health, though we’re hoping nothing too drastic occurs. Woodson must realize that he’s better off with Anthony at the four, and should start bringing Stoudemire off the bench to be the main guy for the second unit. We’re a little skeptical that that won’t end up happening however considering how much money has been poured into Stoudemire’s contract.
Either way, Anthony is playing at an extremely high level, and if he keeps this up and keeps bringing the Knicks wins, he should certainly be mentioned in the MVP race.