Yesterday, Mike D’Antoni came out and said his new star, Carmelo Anthony, could average a triple double once he became completely comfortable in the Knicks offensive system.
From Frank Isola:
Mike D’Antoni believes that Carmelo Anthony should be “knocking on that door” of posting a triple double every night and admitted that the offense should run through the All-Star forward.
Anthony had what D’Antoni considered his best all-around game since joining the Knicks when he had 39 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in Monday’s overtime win against Orlando.
“Yeah, I thought he got after it and rebounded well,” D’Antoni said Wednesday. “He should nightly be getting close to a triple double. The ball should be going through him a lot, and he should be knocking on that door.”
I’m not sure what to think of this, if anything at all. Carmelo is a great scorer—it’s difficult to name three in the world who are better—and one of the better rebounders at his position when he wants to be, so I’m not sure why people look to extract even more from his already outstanding abilities. Carmelo isn’t LeBron, he doesn’t look to pass first and he shouldn’t start doing it now. (Why would you want him to?) It’d be absolutely wonderful if he managed to average a triple double, but the Knicks don’t need it. Let Carmelo focus on defense and not taking any plays off; that should be enough to make The Trade a beneficial one.