Last night with the game in the balance and the clock winding down, Carmelo Anthony held the ball for what seemed like an eternity. In reality it was about 5 seconds before he took a quick step and launched up the jumper that would give New York the victory. For Knick fans, that was the moment they’ve been waiting for since rumors surfaced last summer that Anthony would force his way to New York.
The post-trade transition for Carmelo hasn’t been smooth. In his first five games in the Big Apple, he managed only one decent shooting game, the February win against the Miami Heat. In that game, ‘Melo made only 10 of 22 shots, but managed to sink 8 of 9 free throws to give himself a more efficient game. However Anthony has been on fire, and in his last four games he is averaging 27 points on just 18.5 field goal attempts, for a sizzling 63.5% ts%. That streak has risen his Knick average to 55.4%, a respectable rate given his volume.
As I noted on the Daily Dime, Carmelo began his Knick career with 108 points in four games, which is the exact amount he’s had in the last four. The difference between the two sums is the first required 93 fga, while the second only needed 74. Clearly the latter is more efficient, but what isn’t clear is whether this is a sign of Anthony finally being comfortable in his new clothes or if it’s just that good stretch of games that every NBA player seems to have throughout the season. Obviously as the season goes on, we’ll have a clearer picture of how well Anthony is fitting in with his new team.