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Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony Can Easily Co-Exist on the New York Knicks: Fan’s View
There have been a lot of people saying that when Carmelo Anthony comes back from his groin injury, he is going to have to change his game to adapt to playing with Jeremy Lin. One sportswriter even criticized Carmelo Anthony's game, saying he hasn't done enough winning in his career, and now the Knicks are winning with Lin and without him.
I've been a Carmelo Anthony fan ever since he won a national championship for my favorite college basketball team, the Syracuse Orange, in 2003. I follow the Knicks because of Melo. The idea that he has not been a winner in his career is wrong.
Carmelo Anthony's NBA Teams Have Made the Playoffs Every Single Year
Carmelo Anthony has been in the NBA for eight full years prior to 2012. In all eight years his teams have made the playoffs. None of those teams were ever a threat to win a NBA Championship, but they all made the playoffs. Carmelo Anthony has already won a championship in college though.
What championship has Jeremy Lin won yet? Lin has been fantastic over the last five games for the Knicks, leading the team to five straight wins without Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire for the majority of those five wins. But Jeremy Lin played college basketball for Harvard. He never led the Harvard Crimson to a NCAA Tournament berth, let alone a championship.
Carmelo Anthony Has the 15th Highest Scoring Average in NBA History
In addition to leading his teams to the playoffs in every year of his NBA career, Carmelo Anthony has the 15th highest scoring average in NBA history. Jeremy Lin has averaged 26.8 points per game over the Knicks five game win streak, but his career scoring average in the NBA stands at 5.6 points per game.
I'm not trying to knock Jeremy Lin here. I wrote an article on February 1, 2012, two games before the Knicks five game winning streak started, calling for the Knicks to play Jeremy Lin at point guard. I've been watching the Knicks all year, and their problem was clearly at point guard.
Knicks Problem in 2012 was No Point Guard Not Carmelo Anthony
The New York Knicks tried to play Toney Douglas at point guard this season. Toney Douglas is not a point guard, and he's shooting 32.1% from the field, and 23.8% from three-point range. No team can win with a point guard who can't even make one-third of his shots from the field.
The Knicks also tried playing rookie Iman Shumpert at point. Shumpert also struggled, and was making just 37.1% of his shots from the field prior to the Knicks five game winning streak. Since Jeremy Lin has taken over at point guard, Iman Shumpert is shooting 43.6% from the field, and 50% over the last three games.
Jeremy Lin Makes Teammates Better
That's what Jeremy Lin has done for the Knicks. He's made virtually every other player on the team better, including Iman Shumpert. The idea that when Carmelo Anthony comes back from his strained groin injury and he too won't play better playing with a real point guard named Jeremy Lin is ridiculous.
Carmelo Anthony was never the problem with the Knicks. Melo shot horrendously after he injured his wrist against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 12, 2012, but the real problem the Knicks had this season was they had no point guard. With Jeremy Lin they now have a real point guard.
Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin should have no problems co-existing together on the New York Knicks.
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