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    Maybe the Knicks need a better Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.
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    Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

    Carmelo Anthony’s coach at Syracuse, Jim Boeheim, recently said Anthony needs a better team around him if he is to win an NBA title. Using Win Shares, a comprehensive statistic measuring overall impact over the course a season, it seems it’s Anthony who needs to up his game.

    No championship team has had a Win Shares leader with a number as low as Anthony’s 9.5 since Bill Laimbeer for the 1989 Pistons (excluding 1999’s strike-shortened season), and Tyson Chandler, No. 2 on the Knicks in Win Shares, is in line with or better than the No. 2 man on five of the last 10 title teams.

    A look at those teams:

    2012-13 Knicks

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    Carmelo Anthony 9.5

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    Tyson Chandler 9.3

    2011-12 Heat

    LeBron James 14.5

    Dwyane Wade 7.7

    2010-11 Mavericks

    Dirk Nowitzki 11.1

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    Tyson Chandler 9.4

    2009-10 Lakers

    Pau Gasol 11

    Kobe Bryant 9.4

    2005-06 Heat

    Dwyane Wade 14.4

    Udonis Haslem 7.0

    2002-03 Spurs

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    Tim Duncan 16.5

    Tony Parker 7.7