Carmelo Anthony: What to make of Melo’s slow start?

After a less than spectacular performance Sunday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the New York Knicks currently sit with a 1-2 record.

While there are several reasons for the slow start, a lot of eyes have to be focused on the slow start that Carmelo Anthony has gotten off to through three games.

Oct 31, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) takes a shot during the second quarter against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

It’s early for both the Knicks and Melo, but the signs are certainly disturbing.

On the surface, the 21.0 points that Anthony is averaging, one would think that he isn’t playing all that bad.

However that’s not the case as Anthony is shooting the ball miserably so far this season.

Anthony led the Knicks Sunday with Anthony led the Knicks with 22 points and 17 rebounds but shot only 8-for-21 and is a mere 23-for-61 on the season.

That won’t cut it.

Melo has shot only 37.7 percent from the floor and a lowly 26.7 percent from behind the arc.

In addition to his lackluster performance from the floor against the Timberwolves, Melo made only 7-of-16 shots against the Milwaukee Bucks and only 8-of-24 attempts against the Chicago Bulls.

This comes from a superstar who shot 44.9 percent from the floor and 37.9 percent from three last season and holds a career average of 45.5 percent from the floor.

Another disturbing sign is that early on he is settling for too many jumpers and not getting to the free-throw line. Last season Anthony averaged 7.6 free-throw attempts per game. So far this season that number has dropped to 5.3.

What’s the reason?

Who knows, but it can most likely just be attributed to a slow start, but it is certainly worth keeping an eye on in the upcoming weeks.

Melo had a shoulder injury last season and you have to wonder if there are any lingering effects.

There’s also the upcoming free agency situation that could be weighing on him.

I’m not ready to attribute any of that to his shooting problems just yet, nor am I ready to push the panic button.

But Anthony has to shoot the ball better for the Knicks to have chances to win games.

There have been so many wasted possessions from Anthony that have ended with poor looks. That’s something that needs corrected and preferably soon.

Until Anthony gets going, we won’t be able to get a real read on exactly where this Knicks team is at in the early going.

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Topics: Carmelo Anthony, NBA Offseason, New York Knicks

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