The New York Knicks are entering the season full of hope but there are questions about what their offense will look like. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Knicks might make Carmelo Anthony a stretch four. Will it affect the role of Kristaps Porzingis going forward?
Michael Pina of Real GM recently suggested that the last time Anthony played as a power forward was in 2013 and the Knicks won 54 games. He mentioned that head coach Jeff Hornacek will likely use the nine-time All-Star as a stretch four.
“At this stage in his career, Anthony probably can’t be the primary option on a championship contender. But he’s still plenty gifted on and off the ball, and playing him at the four can begin to solve so many of the problems New York’s offense ran into last season,” Pina noted.
Where does it leave the most important piece of the Knicks’ future, Kristaps Porzingis? Mina noted that New York should have traded Anthony this offseason and build around the 21-year-old Latvian sensation.
An offense featuring Melo as a stretch four will likely have Derrick Rose as the point guard with Courtney Lee and Lance Thomas in the wings. Porzingis can easily slide into the center position but it leaves the Knicks’ defense vulnerable.
New York also overpaid for the defensive-minded Joakim Noah which means there will be times that coach Hornacek will put up different lineups. Nevertheless, it would be unwise for the Knicks to limit Porzingis’ minutes which might hinder his development.
It should be noted that the above was just part of NBA rumors and the Knicks will likely feature Anthony as a small forward heading into the season. This is a make or break season for both Melo and Phil Jackson, and they will need to give Kristaps Porzingis the reigns to be successful and lead the Knicks to the playoffs.
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