Originally Posted by franchize
Well when Carmelo Anthony gets Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to pass to, and he still doesn't shoot a good %, then maybe I'll complain about his "poor shooting." But as long as bums like Ason Kidd are still on the team, I'm going to use common sense and use my eyes to see what's happening on the court. When you make a move, the defense collapse, you pass it out to the open man and that open man gives it right back to you virtually every time....it's hard to shoot a quality percentage. When your team gives you the ball with 5 or less seconds on the clock because nobody else can create their own shot, it's hard to shoot a high percentage.
I have no problems complaining about Melo's poor shooting. That being said, if you aren't acknowledging OBVIOUS factors, then you're just being a hypocrite.
Jason Kidd, Pablo Prigioni, Kurt Thomas, Marcus Camby, Tyson Chandler, Steve Novak, James White, Kenyon Martin. That's 8 guys who can't create their own shot.
That leaves Copeland, Stoudermire, Wallace, Smith, Shumpert.
Wallace and Stoudemire are out and probably missed more games than they've played.
Copeland very rarely plays.
Shumpert is limited offensively.
So that leaves JR Smith, who comes off the bench and is the epitome of inconsistent. I personally think Melo and JR play very well together.
Melo has an astronomical usage %, he is certainly not being given the ball with 5 seconds on the clock.
Almost every single possession of plays is used by Melo.
34% in usage is ridiculous combined with close to 40 minutes on the court.
So efficiency has to be key when one player soaks up the majority of each possession....that's what obvious.
It's not ironic that Melo's %'s fell and so did the teams numbers....at the same time.
Blame the role players all you want, but they all fell off at the same time Melo did.
Speaking of those guys in South beach can anyone explain how Shard, Allen, Battier and Chalmers are all shooting over 40% from three?
Some of these guys were viewed to be washed up last year, wonder how come they produce now?
Even damged good Miller is shooting 36% from deep.
Here's is the answer, when your top guys are doing everything to win on the court, the role players will follow suit.
It's not irony to me that once Melo went back to just taking a ton of shots and not doing what he was early on on both sides of the court, the team as a whole has looked poor.
And of course those guys big three are all shooting over 52% from the field rebound the ball well and play defense.