This year Carmelo Anthony is expected to lead the New York Knicks deep into the playoffs. The Knicks are in a win now mode and their window to succeed has never been this open. Besides the Miami Heat, you can make a case that the Knicks are the team that are favorites to come out of the East. For the Knicks to go where they want to go, Carmelo Anthony must be a leader and dominant just like he was in the 2012 Olympics.
The 2012 USA Basketball team was full of superstars. Carmelo was playing with the world’s best players in LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, and Kobe Bryant. Even with all these huge names and best scorers on the planet, New York’s Carmelo at times looked like the best pure scorer out of all these players. Who can forget Carmelo’s record breaking 37 points and 10 3-pointers made. Carmelo looked unstoppable. As Team USA’s 6th man, Melo scored 16.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 50% from 3-point range and 53% from the field. With all these scorers on the team, Carmelo at times showed he was the best scorer in the world.
What does this mean for this up and coming Knicks season?
Carmelo should now have the confidence that he can take over any game and that no one can guard him. Carmelo played a lot of his games in the post and played “bully ball.” Melo has a big frame and needs to use it. His body along with his speed and shooting ability, he is a post man’s worst nightmare to guard.
I also believe Carmelo learned how when a team plays together they can reach their goals. Obviously the Knicks do not have the talent that Team USA has but they do have one of the more talented and experienced teams in the East. Carmelo needs to be a leader and be the first to have the team first mindset. There is no secret that he has the reputation of being a “me first” player, so for him to show his teammates and coaches he will commit on defense and passing will change the culture for the Knicks. Team USA prided themselves on their defense and passing, so if Carmelo brings that to the Knicks, this team can make noise.
Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks best player and one of the superstars of the NBA. He showed this summer how easy it is for him to score from the post and 3-point range. If Carmelo brings that Olympic mentality of defense and passing to the New York Knicks, this team will make a run at Miami.