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

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

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

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