I know this sounds crazy, but the Knicks have a worse overall record with Melo. The Nuggets have a better record without him.
How does that make sense?
Here’s how: Melo is a ballhog who doesn’t know how to do anything else than score.
While that is a something every team needs, Melo is not worth his max deal he received from the Knicks.
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With Linsanity sweeping the nation, the Knicks have won five straight games, and Mike D’Antoni’s offense is clicking much better with a legitimate point guard who keeps the ball moving.
See: Jon Washburn’s article on WHY Jeremy Lin is succeeding in a way that’s build to last.
The problem with Melo is that when the ball is swung to him, he holds it. He prefers the isolation game, not D’Antoni’s pick and roll offense. Contrary to Melo’s tendencies, D’Antoni’s offense works best with a speedy point guard, a la Steve Nash, who has excellent court vision and keeps the ball moving.
Lin does exactly that, and the Knicks have players who can shoot the ball like Landry Fields, Steve Novak, and Iman Shumpert. These guys may not be household names, but they can knock down the shot. Throw in Amare with the pick and roll and crashing the glass, along with Tyson Chandler’s shot blocking and rebounding, and this team isn’t that bad.
I know it sounds crazy, but if I was the Knicks GM, I would construct a trade involving Melo for Joe Johnson. Johnson does not deserve max money either, but he is a great three-point shooter and moves the ball well. His excellent shooting would fit in right with D’Antoni’s offense, and he wouldn’t have to dominate the ball the same way Melo would.
But maybe that is why I am not an NBA GM.
Just food for thought.