NBA columnists over at Sports Illustrated spoke with anonymous league scouts about their opinions of each team. And, man, did the Knicks get annihilated by an unnamed scout. I would’ve assumed that the scout was referring to a lottery team.
I don’t think you can win the championship if Carmelo Anthony is your best player. He tries, but it’s very difficult to play with him in a team capacity. He doesn’t make anybody else better.
This has been a common thought around NBA fans and junkies. I believe the Knicks could win a championship with Carmelo as the lead guy but the talent and coaching philosophy would have to be damn, near perfect. He turns into a black hole offensively very quickly — soaking up tons of possessions as well as shooting inefficient mid range jump-shots. Anthony’s defensive deficiencies are quite evident. A lot would have to take place for Carmelo to be the driving force of a championship team, and nearing the age of 30, it doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon.
The scout also has some interesting thoughts about New York’s defensive approach.
Their defensive system isn’t the best for Tyson Chandler. Mike Woodson has always had a gambling scheme instead of a systematic approach, which is how Rick Carlisle did it with Chandler in Dallas. Woodson is more about trapping and getting the offense out of its comfort zone. That can lead to guys getting out of position and put more pressure on Chandler to cover for them.
The Knicks were bottom 15 defensive team last season and smart ones would run a pick-and-roll with Chandler’s man to bring him as far away from the hoop as possible. A skip pass or if the guard gets in the middle, the paint becomes open for layup opportunities, which is never good. It’s also never good if Bargnani is the player you’re relying to defend the back line.
If they start Bargnani at the 4, it won’t last long — he’s not going to rebound, and he’s not going to get back defensively.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Bargnani signing. He will contribute to a lot of regular season wins but once the postseason starts, a team like Miami or Indiana will expose deficiencies.
The scout brought up some fair points and also ripped them. I always wonder if these are actually scouts or just interns that get passed these questions to troll them. Who knows?
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