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Carmelo says Knicks “have what we have”: Anthony doesn’t sound too impressed with current roster.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has conceded that he doesn’t expect to win the NBA scoring title this season as the team implements the triangle offense.
The 30-year-old opted to remain at Madison Square Garden this summer despite interest from the likes of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, and he has conceded that he may score less and take fewer shots in the new-look Knicks offense.
With team president Phil Jackson bringing in Derek Fisher as head coach, the design for the Knicks is pretty clear in that they will adopt the triangle offense this season.
As a result, Anthony believes that everyone on the roster will get their chance and that will mean he may not be featuring in the top scorer charts as highly as he has become accustomed to.
“I don’t think I’ll be the scoring champ. Especially with this system, the way we’re playing — the way that it’s going to be well-balanced, the style of play we’re going to have, I don’t think I’ll have to lead the league in scoring this year,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ practice.
Melo won the scoring title in 2012/13 by averaging 28.7 points per game, while he came second last year to Kevin Durant. However, after averaging 21.8 field goal attempts per game over the past two seasons, Anthony expects that number to drop this coming year.
Nevertheless, it is worth noting that the triangle offense under Jackson has produced 10 scoring champions in 20 seasons with Michael Jordan leading the way with 7 titles, while Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal have two and one respectively.
However, Anthony hinted that he is looking forward to having less of a scoring burden on his shoulders, but he insists that when it comes to crunch time in certain games, he is more than willing to take on the responsibility and have a significant share of the ball.