When you need a bucket, give the ball to Carmelo Anthony. The 6-foot-8, 240 lb. Anthony is still a top 10 scorer in the league, who has a plethora of dynamic scoring capabilities.
So why would the Houston Rockets be making a mistake signing Anthony? Well, to start off, the Rockets have the right guys who fit in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. If you trade for Anthony the offense will not be the same, and that offense accumulated 55 wins a season ago.
The New York Knicks have made it clear they will only accept a trade for Anthony that benefits them greatly. Even if a third team was brought along, the Rockets would have to give up valuable assets of their core.
The Rockets offense is already going to look different, since Houston has a new backcourt.
James Harden and Chris Paul are both ball dominant guards and it will take some time for them to get acquainted with each other’s games. But based on talent alone, a Harden-Paul backcourt may be the greatest backcourt of all time.
Story posting soon with @RamonaShelburne on ESPN: The Knicks have paused Carmelo Anthony trade talks with Houston and Cleveland.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 14, 2017
Both guards can shoot the three ball as well as lead an offense, which you must be able to do in D’Antoni’s scheme.
If you add Anthony to the mix, who needs the ball to be effective and is an isolation and mid-range scorer, you’re looking at three ball-dominant superstars on one team. As well as decreases in threes attempted and made — a critical aspect of Houston’s success this past season.
Even with all those points the three superstars co-existing is possible, and therefore isn’t my biggest concern.
Sources: Knicks, Rockets working on Carmelo Anthony trade scenarios that include four-team deals. Sides motivated but no agreement imminent.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2017
Here is why the Houston Rockets would be foolish to sign Anthony; reigning Coach Of The Year, D’Antoni will be the obstacle for the Rockets.
D’Antoni has a great offense that has proven to accumulate wins and put up a high number of points, therefore he is stubborn about changing his system.
Some coaches manage to the talents of their players, others like D’Antoni prefer their system and will not alter game plans.
D’Antoni is a terrific coach when he has one star or one primary ball handler. When D’Antoni coached the Suns he had one star, which was 2x MVP Steve Nash. His system was the reason Nash was an MVP.
D’Antoni already coached Anthony, and failed miserably — his only success in New York came during ‘Linsanity’. When Anthony came back into the fold the Knicks fell apart.
And of course we’re aware of D’Antoni’s time with the Lakers when LA had Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Pau Gasol; D’Antoni could not make it work with more than one star.
With all that being said I expect Anthony to be traded, but to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where Anthony will be a much better fit playing alongside his friend LeBron James, who loves passing the ball and watching his guys score.
Kyrie Irving’s agent, Jeff Wechsler, tells ESPN that they had meeting w/ Cavs on Irving’s future with team and wouldn’t comment on contents. https://t.co/ix0bQrD5TJ
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 21, 2017