Carmelo Anthony’s career is starting to mirror that of Allen Iverson’s. He’s a certified scorer, a lock to make it to the Hall of Fame, and has looked sharp since being waived by the Chicago Bulls, at least to the naked eye. Still, it looks like the NBA has kind of given up on him the same way it gave up on Iverson, who refused to embrace a lesser role off the bench towards the sunset of his career and didn’t have the chance to get anything that looked like a farewell tour.
Even though his playing style may seem a bit obsolete for modern NBA offenses, the fact that Melo hasn’t been signed by any team is still kind of shocking, as even his trainer claimed he’s better than 60-70% of active NBA players.
We refuse to believe that there’s no more room in the league for Team USA’s all-time leading scorer, and today, we’re going to discuss three teams that could benefit from his presence off the bench while giving him his much-deserved goodbye season.
The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference and are coming off one of the best seasons in franchise history, but they struggled to find scoring off the bench all season long with just 32.3 points per game.
Mike Budenholzer has done wonders with his players in terms of shooting, and while they’ve already signed Kyle Korver, he looked slow on the defensive end of the floor throughout the playoffs last season.
Melo can bring some of his well-known spot-up offense and could even help them spread the floor with an all-shooters lineup. They wouldn’t need him to carry the load on offense, but he could easily average over 15 points per game off the bench for them.
The Philadelphia 76ers were one unlucky bounce away from taking the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals to overtime on the road, and they’ve gotten a lot better this offseason with the additions of Al Horford, Matisse Thybulle, and Josh Richardson.
Still, they were dealt a major blow when they lost JJ Redick to the New Orleans Pelicans, as they now lack three-point shooters. While they are stacked with athletic and versatile defenders, they still crave scoring off the bench. That’s where Carmelo could come handy for Brett Brown’s team, and he could back Horford at the power forward spot as a more consistent shooter than Mike Scott. They’re the best team in the East right now, but there is still room for improvement.
Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard reached out to his Twitter followers to let everybody know that he’s in for a Carmelo Anthony farewell tour — so why not ask the Blazers to get him on board?
Portland could use some help at the wings with Al-Farouq Aminu leaving town and Rodney Hood, Mario Hezonja, and Nassir Little as their options at the small forward spot for this upcoming campaign.
Also, this team has always struggled to score points without Lillard or McCollum, with just 34.9 points off the bench last season. They have the right personnel to hide Carmelo’s defensive flaws, and he could even slide into the starting lineup with Zach Collins to back him up.