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Saturday, October 25, 2014

NBAPlaybook: Carmelo Anthony and the Pick & Roll

Put this in the “Gotta Share With Knick Fans” pile. Brett Koremenos from NBAPlaybook breaks down Carmelo Anthony’s work in the pick & roll, and it’s all positive.

However, by putting Carmelo in pick and roll situations early in the shot clock, D’Antoni may have triggered Anthony’s inner playmaker and pushed the Knicks closer to being serious championship contenders. In the Boston game, Anthony’s decision-making out of the pick and roll was exemplary. He made ruthlessly efficient pass-shoot decisions and showed why nuanced ballscreen play from a 6’8” ballhandler can be a nightmare for opposing defense schemes.

54 comments on “NBAPlaybook: Carmelo Anthony and the Pick & Roll

  1. Thomas B.

    Nice look at this part of the offense.
    Thanks for sharing. Can someone send this to Stephen A. Smith. His post game article on the Knicks was just about all bad. I have no clue why ESPN keeps him around.

    I think Anthony could be a legitimate contender for MVP. I’m not saying he will win it, but he really could be in the discussion.

  2. llcoolbp

    Watching NBA league pass, OKC vs. Minn. It is apparent from just a few minutes that JJ barrea would have been much better then toney douglas. Obviously its a moot point since we never had the money to sign JJ. On a side note, interesting that rubio is 3rd on the depth chart at point behind JJ in the log jam they have there. We could really use one of those guys.

  3. llcoolbp

    quetion for you guys. I have already chosen these 4 teams for my league pass:
    knicks
    lakers
    clippers
    OKC

    I have one spot left. Still undecided between:
    1)Bulls (Love watching D rose)
    2)Warriors (D lee and curry fan here)
    3)Minnesota (Interested to see how rubio develops, and also like kevin Love)
    4)Miami (almost feel an obligation to watch this potentially historic team, but really hate them)

    So what do you guys think?

  4. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    I vote for the T-Wolves. They have a fun team and an actual good coach (as opposed to the Warriors).

  5. danvt

    llcoolbp: 4)Miami (almost feel an obligation to watch this potentially historic team, but really hate them)

    I chose MIA but then realized they’ll be on TNT a lot. Still, it’s kind of a no-brainer. I also took the Bulls over the Lakers. The rest are the same as yours.

    Gonna see if it works later tonight. Last season it was all messed up and I hated that it showed the scores. This year I noticed you can leave the scores turned off.

  6. llcoolbp

    rubio first slick bounce pass to barrea on the break. , then another good pass to derrick williams for a layup. Then another fast break bounce pass for a layup. 3 hoops in about one minute, 3 assists. This minn. team is going to be interesting. I might have to select them under league pass. But that means all my teams other then the knicks are from the west.

  7. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Nothing wrong with that – the west have a lot of fun teams. I noticed that you didn’t have the Nuggets. They’re a fun team, too.

  8. llcoolbp

    Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin):
    I vote for the T-Wolves. They have a fun team and an actual good coach (as opposed to the Warriors).

    agree with the coaching (adelman is much better then action jackson). This timberwolves team is making m decision for me. They are a lot of fun. Rubio from just a few minutes of play looks legit. He hasn’t shot the ball yet, which I’m sure teams will force him to do soon.

  9. SeeWhyDee77

    llcoolbp:

    So what do you guys think?

    Honestly, as a fan of the game, the teams I would enjoy watchin (other than the Knicks) would be:
    1) OKC..no brainer..on paper they look to be the most complete team in the league
    2) LAC…watching Chris Paul is akin to watchin the purity of hoops in all it’s glory. The kid is like the Tim Duncan of guards..so fundamentally sound, unselfish, and dominant. And of course there’s some guy named Blake Griffin there 2.
    3) Denver…way too much young talent paired with great coaching to NOT watch.
    4) surprising choice here..SAC..they have alot of young talent too. I flat out LOVE the potential of a Jimmer/Evans backcourt. If they could land a player to defend and rebound they could have somethin special. Perhaps they should try and start a 3 teamer with the Clips that would send Salmons to LA (they need a starting 2 and Billups off the bench), Hickson and Mo Williams to NO, and Okafor to SAC.
    5) And I wouldn’t mind watchin Miami. As much as I hate the Heat..Bron an Wade together is jus so damn intriguing it makes me sick lol.

  10. llcoolbp

    danvt: I chose MIA but then realized they’ll be on TNT a lot.Still, it’s kind of a no-brainer.I also took the Bulls over the Lakers.The rest are the same as yours.

    Gonna see if it works later tonight.Last season it was all messed up and I hated that it showed the scores.This year I noticed you can leave the scores turned off.

    They don’t have the scores going during the game. The broadcast is pretty glitch free. Launched quickly.

    Don’t have room for the Knuggets unfortunately (I would have loved to watch the rooster all season) But my 5 looks pretty set. Obviously the knicks. I wanted to see the sinking of the titanic (the lake show). Lob city was a no brainer. Absolutely have to watch KD all season. And this minnesota team looks too god for me to ignore.

  11. llcoolbp

    Dee 77- i thought about sac as well. But nba.com only allows 5 teams, those corporate crooks! Bye the way rubio just dropped another vicious bounce pass dime. They are already giving him a standing O in minny. We really need some point gaurd play with the talent we have. Woul make everyones life easier.

  12. llcoolbp

    the last bounce pass was sick. Just watched the replay. It was to our old friend anthony (sour faced) randolph. AR also shut down westbrook on the other end, the play before.

    ok I’ll stop my play by play. I’m on NBA sugar rush right now after missing the game so much.

  13. jon abbey

    I don’t get why anyone would pay for League Pass when they don’t televise the games in HD. I got it for years and years, but now I’m happy to stick with the Knicks, Nets and all the ESPN/TNT/ABC/NBA-TV games, plus the two weeks of free preview of League Pass now.

  14. Ben R

    I’m watching the Knuggets right now and they look really good. Their offense is deadly. They just keep scoring and running. Reminds me of the Suns. Just constant ball movement and they have so many players who can easily drop 20 and can create offense for themselves or others. They have a 10 man rotation and at any given point they have 4 players on the floor that can put the ball on the floor and attack.

  15. llcoolbp

    jon abbey:
    I don’t get why anyone would pay for League Pass when they don’t televise the games in HD. I got it for years and years, but now I’m happy to stick with the Knicks, Nets and all the ESPN/TNT/ABC/NBA-TV games, plus the two weeks of free preview of League Pass now.
    truly the only reason I’m getting league pass is to see the 40 or so knicks games that won’t be nationally televised (I live in New Orleans). It is definitely a waste of money, but the only thing that will keep me sane living down here in the deep south.

  16. llcoolbp

    truly the only reason I’m getting league pass is to see the 40 or so knicks games that won’t be nationally televised (I live in New Orleans). It is definitely a waste of money, but the only thing that will keep me sane living down here in the deep south.

  17. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Yeah, the Knuggets are kicking some ass.

    Quick question – the Mavs getting their asses kicked on back to back nights: sign that the Mavs might not be that good or sign that the Knuggets and Heat are both really good?

  18. llcoolbp

    Knuggets and heat are both really good. Mavs have definitely taken a step back after losing chandler and barrea. They won’t stink this bad all year. The compressed schedule will work against their old legs. It should favor a deep team that can run you out of the gym like the knuggets. Obviously the heat will have a huge edge in this compressed season with the great conditioning of wade and lebron. Not to mention the kind of conditioning pat riley demands of all his players.

  19. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    The Hornets have four undrafted rookies on their team, plus one second-rounder! That is nuts. Jacks must be hurt, because Gordon is their starting 1.

  20. llcoolbp

    Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin):
    The Hornets have four undrafted rookies on their team, plus one second-rounder! That is nuts. Jacks must be hurt, because Gordon is their starting 1.

    thats why they are not on my league pass. also why, despite the fact that I live here, I won’t be going to many new orleans games.

  21. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Miller is bizarre – you look at him and you’re like, “this guy is a good basketball player?” And I don’t mean just his physical look, but his whole style of play. And yet he is, year after year.

  22. BigBlueAL

    The lack of HD games on League Pass really does suck. I finally have an HD box and watching the free preview right now is brutal. There is only 1 HD channel (MLB at least has 2) and the games not on HD look horrible.

  23. jon abbey

    playing the second night of back to backs against a team that didn’t play the night before is always a huge advantage, unless you’re the same age as a college team like OKC. there are going to be a lot of strange results in the first month or two, I think.

  24. jon abbey

    Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin):
    Miller is bizarre – you look at him and you’re like, “this guy is a good basketball player?” And I don’t mean just his physical look, but his whole style of play. And yet he is, year after year.

    heh, he even looked like that in college, underwhelming but somehow getting it done night after night.

  25. Z-man

    Re: those beating up on Shump’s shot selection and %: CHILL!!! IT IS ONE GAME! Check out Irving and Kemba stats for game 1, can they not shoot either? Please.

  26. Ben R

    I think Miller is a criminally underrated player. I think he’s been one of the top 20-30 players in the NBA for a while. (Probably not anymore but still really good) He’s like Battier success has followed him from team to team.

  27. BigBlueAL

    Damn Rubio, what a bounce pass on the break for a Derrick Williams slam.

    Shows you the luck of the draft, the Knicks loved Westbrook/Rubio/Curry and all were possibilities to fall to the Knicks in their respective drafts but of course none did.

  28. llcoolbp

    imagine what will happen when rubio starts and takes over this team, and they all get used to him. Ok let me take it back a notch, he still hasn’t shot one jump shot yet. He is definitely the most advanced young passer I’ve seen since J kidds rookie year.

  29. llcoolbp

    good game going on here. bye the way KD doesn’t shoot enough if thats possible. Westbrook is definitely a bit of a ball hog, and seems to have a bad attitude. Can’t pinpoint it but he just seems like he is a jerk. Will be interesting to see those 2 coexist going forward over the years.

  30. tastycakes

    llcoolbp, you and I have almost the same taste in teams. Not sure what’s up with your Lakers pick, but I’m rolling with the Knicks (obviously) and Clippers (obviously). OKC is a very likely third.

    That leaves 2 spots. Knuggets are likely. Then: Minny? Chicago? Boston? I’m starting to warm to Rose. Also got to watch Rubio tonight and man, I love watching a guy who can pass like that. He looks legit. Not sure about Derrick Williams, and I think that team is kinda hosed as long as they have Beasley taking crunch time shots. That guy is the worst.

    Nice thing is that League Pass is currently free on cable through the first week of the New Year, so I can watch all the games and scope out some of my second tier teams.

    One thing to consider is that the best teams — the Bulls and the Heat and their ilk — are going to be on national TV all year long.

    Still miffed that the NBA kept the price the same AND dropped the # of teams for the choice package. Super lame.

  31. llcoolbp

    tastycakes:
    llcoolbp, you and I have almost the same taste in teams.Not sure what’s up with your Lakers pick, but I’m rolling with the Knicks (obviously) and Clippers (obviously).OKC is a very likely third.

    That leaves 2 spots.Knuggets are likely.Then:Minny?Chicago?Boston?I’m starting to warm to Rose.Also got to watch Rubio tonight and man, I love watching a guy who can pass like that.He looks legit.Not sure about Derrick Williams, and I think that team is kinda hosed as long as they have Beasley taking crunch time shots.That guy is the worst.

    Nice thing is that League Pass is currently free on cable through the first week of the New Year, so I can watch all the games and scope out some of my second tier teams.

    One thing to consider is that the best teams — the Bulls and the Heat and their ilk — are going to be on national TV all year long.

    Still miffed that the NBA kept the price the same AND dropped the # of teams for the choice package.Super lame.

    I wish I could get the free preview. I don’t subscribe to cable TV right now (I get basic cable for free through a neighbor). I just moved so this is my first time with league pass. It does suck about the pricing considering the short season. At this point I really think rubio is a no brainer. I’m all about the great point guard play (which is why i was so bummed about losing out on CP3). Watching rubio blossom will be a thing of beauty. Ok, my man crush on him is getting creepy. The LA fakers will always be good soap opera and that’s why I chose them.

  32. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    The Warriors beat the Bulls! I am torn on this. I love Curry and Lee, but man do I not want Mark Jackson to be given credit for shit.

    Extra E took an oh-fer in his Nets debut. Three three attempts, three misses.

  33. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Holy shit, Larry Hughes is back in the league! After not playing the entire 2010-11 season, Hughes somehow got a spot on the Orlando Magic roster. Cuh-ray-zee.

    Looking around the league, do the Knicks have anything to offer for Shaun Livingston? The Bucks have three point guards, so maybe they’d be willing to part with Livingston. Livingston has always been a good distributor, but his problem was that he was a goddawful shooter. However, after his terrible injuries, he no longer takes ugly shots. I could easily see him as a 29% assist rate guy with the Knicks, with a 53% True Shooting. But I guess Milwaukee wants to see what they have with him first.

  34. Shad0wF0x

    On the subject on televised broadcasts, I’m gonna have a rage attack if MSG and Time Warner don’t agree on a deal by the end of the year.

    @46

    I’d rather have Mark Jackson get credit for the win than ever hear him broadcast again. It’s a win-win situation for me. I don’t get to listen to him commentating and David Lee is winning.

  35. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Hasn’t Karl already said that Faried will pretty much not play this year? Obviously, while the Knuggets are blowing their opponents out, it is hard to complain, but I’d like to see Karl give Faried a bit of a chance. I mean, not even in a blowout? Weird.

  36. Frank

    Man that Twolves-OKC game was really entertaining. Lots of fun young teams out there now. I think the TWolves have a chance to be good. How many top 5 picks do they have on their team now? Love, Darko, Beasley, Rubio, Wesley Johnson, Derrick Williams. Even though some of them (Darko) are obvious busts, that’s a lot of raw physical talent there, and that’s not even mentioning AR (who is Stromile Swift 2.0 it appears). And finally a real coach.

    Re: Rubio – 26 minutes, 3 shots, 6 assists, 5 reb, zero TOs. He’s a lot quicker (ie. fast-twitch quickness) than I thought – didn’t do that bad a job even against Westbrook.

    Re: the Nuggs-Mavs game – Lawson and Miller just controlled that game from beginning to end. Dallas is going to have trouble this year – they really have no good defenders in their backcourt – Kidd is “crafty” but too old to stay in front of Lawson-type PGs, and they don’t have Chandler there to clean up the mess anymore. Carlisle is a great coach but he’s got his hands full this time.

  37. Frank

    Meanwhile we are really getting some fortunate timing on our West Coast trip. Steph Curry reinjured his ankle so I doubt he’ll play tomorrow night (or at least won’t be 100%), and Bynum is out for the Lakers game.

    Marc Stein also reporting that the Knicks are interested in Jeremy Lin. I don’t think he’ll be that great but hey, beggars can’t be choosers when you’re sifting through the waiver wire for PG types.

  38. swiftandabundant

    Melo playing the point forward is going to be great for Melo in terms of learning to be a leader, setting up his teammates. He needs this responsibility. The few times Melo and STAT have teamed up on the pick and roll it looked nice. Hopefully we can see more of it. We’re gonna need to lean on Melo hard these first few weeks while BD and Shump are out and the rest of the team gels. But Melo is set up to be a true MVP this season, even if ESPN doesn’t notice.

    The Knicks are Back! And so are Blaze and Willie G
    http://tinyurl.com/ChandlerStatMelo

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