If you bet a player on the 2020-21 Knicks roster during the pandemic, it would be Elfrid Payton or Carmelo Anthony, and the smarter player would be the former Syracuse star.
However, after the Knicks kicked off, Payton talked about his duel with Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard.
In the Knicks’ 8-9 game, Payton stabilized the position of the point guard. Anthony chose to re-sign with the Trail Blazers to fight for the NBA veteran’s minimum salary of $2.6 million. The Trail Blazers desperately need Anthony, while CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic of the long-distance team need Anthony.
Given their $18 million cap space, should the Knicks behave harder for Anthony?
Yes, because they lack offensive talent, it can be said to be an example-ranking 30th in the league with an average score of 1
On the other hand, to make matters worse, Knicks President Rose Rose made the right choice and asked him not to go all out in November. The Post reported that Rose’s dream duo after taking office was Chris Paul and his friend Anthony.
Anthony (36 years old) still attracts people’s attention. If he doesn’t do what he wants in terms of game time and receiving, his presence may cause damage. More importantly, the Knicks have established the identity of a gritty defensive first club. That’s not Anthony’s calling card.
Can Julius Randle play with Anthony in this top-ranked season? Probably not. Randall needs the ball and has the ball in all possessions. Anthony has been the same for most of his career.
In a winning Portland project featuring Lillard and McCollum, it was easier to play a smaller role than Anthony, because Anthony would reduce his role with an uncertain Knicks lineup, and Nick Sis could have started the 2020-21 season.
Randall may not have the confidence to make himself and Anthony the Alpha man in the starting lineup.
In addition, at the beginning of the shooting guard, RJ Barrett was transferred to Reggie Bullock as a small forward to relieve Barrett’s ball-handling duties. Anthony’s appearance will remove Bullock and give Barrett the role of shooting guard.
Brock, who doesn’t need rocks, started all games when he was in good health-15 of the first 18 games. He will miss Sunday’s game due to a sore neck. As long as Bullock is free, coach Tom Thibodeau will stay in the same starting unit.
Payton said on Sunday: “I think we have a good balance of people.” “Everyone gives each other space to do what they are good at. Guys, RJ found a very good position, and he did a great job. Julius does it all year round.
Despite Barrett’s poor three-pointer percentage, he has always been an indomitable bullfighter. In Anthony’s offense that wants the ball, he may also be hindered. Shooting more than shooting.
Before his rookie season, Barrett rimmed Anthony in Anthony’s Anthony game at Columbia. Anthony could have been an excellent mentor, but you never knew what that would happen.
I remember his former Denver teammate Anthony Chauncey Billups accused Anthony of caring more about his data than his own victory.
“This is too important because he can play in 20 or 22 games [points], We won the game and he was very angry,” Billups said in 2019.
As the coach of the Bulls, Thibodeau chased Anthony when he became an Anthony free agent in 2014 and worked for Team USA.
Thibodeau said before the game: “His career is unbelievable. It has always been great.” “The fact that he is still going on fully shows who he is. A guy with a very personal character, he performed well. He has done a lot.”
On the first day of training camp, Anthony said that the stars did not unite for the Knicks reunion.
“So far, not many [of consideration]Anthony said. “The Knicks are taking action and trying to figure out where they want to go. I’m sure they have a plan. I think it’s no good for any party if I participate and try to mess up their plan.
“They are rebuilding and figuring out what they are in the near future. I personally want to be part of the situation I have adapted to. I think it is the right choice at this point in this particular year.”
In his second season with the Trail Blazers, Anthony averaged 12.2 points, 40.5% shooting and 45 three-pointers. He only had 1.2 assists in 25 minutes.
As Jeff Van Gundy pointed out, the Knicks “will do nothing” until they improve their “offensive capabilities.”
With the creation of new orders for Randle and Barrett, it may not be an exaggeration to join Anthony before the trade deadline. Of course, the Trail Blazers, who are proud of Anthony’s return to his career last season, will not be eager unless the current injury kills their mid-season torpedo before the trade deadline in late March.
Portland and Anthony signed a one-year contract and set their sights on the playoffs. The Knicks are trying to avoid drawing lots again. Since the 2013-14 season, they have been hoping to enter the last game of the playoffs until the last two days.
There are basically 10 teams that advance, and 7-10 of them are competing in the game-the Knicks can sneak in. They are eighth in the Sunday game.
The wise move was to refuse to play an important role for Anthony in November. However, do not rule out any problems in the future.