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Carmelo Hype Crushing Knicks’ Fans

March 25, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Did New York Knicks’ fans have inflated expectations of Carmelo Anthony?

Knicks fans are starting to think that Carmelo Anthony might not be the savior that Knicks' ownership made him out to be.

Knicks fans are starting to think that Carmelo Anthony might not be the savior that Knicks' ownership made him out to be.

From SB Nation

As it turns out, trading for ‘Melo, a scorer known to concede with some regularity on defense, didn’t fix the defense. Who could ever have guessed that? As it also turns out, ‘Melo isn’t quite as valuable a scorer as he has widely been considered to be. Anthony isn’t terribly efficient; when Kevin Durant, LeBron James or even Kevin Martin drop 25, they typically do so on fewer shots than someone like ‘Melo would need. That matters! Some discount Anthony’s shot creation value too much, and those who claim he’s not even a legit All-Star level player are being disingenuous; the Knicks’ offense, after all, has performed statistically better since the trade, hellfire and all.

But ‘Melo isn’t one of the top five or 10 players in the league. It appears the hype of his months-long courtship by the Nets and Knicks (and a few other teams) blinded enough people to that fact, given the shock and dismay his sub-MVP performance in New York has drawn. If fans expected Alexander the Great and instead got Mithridates, well of course they’ll be disappointed, even if he turns out to be pretty good.

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