Dec. 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gestures on the court as Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) follows during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: With Metta World Peace signed should Carmelo Anthony stay at the 4?

Jan 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) is defended by Chicago Bulls small forward Jimmy Butler (21) during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

With Metta World Peace heading to the Big Apple, the big question is whether or not New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson will keep superstar Carmelo Anthony at the four?

For the majority of the minutes Anthony played last season, he was at the four an excelled by averaging 28.7 ppg, 2.6 apg, and 6.9 rpg on his way to his first scoring title in his career.

World Peace brings a solid three point shot while Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, and Anthony can all hit a perimeter shot and drive to the basket. With Tyson Chandler lurking in the paint for much of the time on offense it is important that World Peace stays on the perimeter as it would balance out the Knicks on the offensive end.

The newest Knick averaged 12.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 spg, 1.5 apg, while shooting 40 percent from the field and 34 percent from behind the arc last season with the Lakers.

On the defensive end, Metta World Peace is high energy and he brings a defensive tenacity at the three, which is something the Knicks have lacked for a while now.

Keeping Melo at the four on the defensive end would most likely not give him the biggest advantage on the boards but speed wise, Anthony would limit the looks the player he’s guarding gets as he would be able to recover from minimal mistakes.

Having Shumpert, World Peace, and Chandler on the defensive end would allow for the Knicks to have three lockdown defenders that can contribute on both ends of the floor unlike players such as Tony Allen or Dahntay Jones who the Knicks were rumored to be looking into at the start of free agency.

Adding World Peace adds lockdown defense, a solid three point shot, and a veteran presence that can help the Knicks develop younger players as better defenders. Keeping Anthony at the four would be a smart move for the Knicks as it would allow for him to focus on his scoring ability. It will also allow World Peace to man the three spot to space the floor on the offensive end of the floor and take advantage on the defensive end of the game to limit high scoring threes such as LeBron James, or Kevin Durant.

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