Maybe the Knicks need a better Carmelo Anthony

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

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

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

Carmelo Anthony 9.5

Get Sports Headlines in your inbox:
The Globe's most recent sports headlines delivered to your inbox every morning.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

Tyson Chandler 9.3

2011-12 Heat

LeBron James 14.5

Dwyane Wade 7.7

2010-11 Mavericks


Dirk Nowitzki 11.1

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

Tim Duncan 16.5

Tony Parker 7.7

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of