2013 NBA Playoffs: Knicks Carmelo Anthony still leads in shots

There are plenty of reasons of why the New York Knicks lost in the second round of the playoffs.

One of them could be the fact that despite not making the Eastern Conference Finals or NBA Finals, Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony still leads all NBA players in shot attempts.

May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) blocks a shot by New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks had played in only 12 playoff games this season, but ‘Melo attempted 310 field goals before the Pacers eliminated the Knicks.

That total leads the Miami Heat’s LeBron James still by 12 shot attempts. The problem with that is that Anthony has played five fewer games than the Heat and Anthony has scored 91 fewer playoff points this year than James.

This just screams to the point that the Knicks must get more efficient on offense in the postseason, especially Anthony in particular.

Isolation heavy teams historically do not do well in the postseason and ‘Melo is living proof to that fact.

The Knicks will never go far in the postseason with Anthony as their leader as long as he continues to jack up shots in the volume that he has been doing.

Unfortunately for Anthony to ever have any postseason success he is going to have to take a page from LeBron’s book and do more things to help his team win playoff games other than score the ball. However it’s quite debatable whether or not ‘Melo has that in him.

Only Michael Jordan (1989 and 1990) and Elgin Baylor (1961) led a postseason in field-goal attempts without making the Finals.

Maybe it is Anthony’s goal to join that list. If it is, expect a ton more bad shot attempts to fly out of his hands next postseason as well.

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Topics: Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, NBA Playoffs, New York Knicks

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