Mar 26, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The New York Knicks defeated the Sacramento Kings 107-99. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks Mailbag: Melo is Overrated and Selfish


Dallas Mavericks Mailbag: Is it Wise to Wait on Melo?

On Wednesday the Dallas Mavericks made their official pitch to top free agent Carmelo Anthony. Anthony, the most coveted free agent not named LeBron, opted out of his deal in New York for a chance to test free agency.

The Mavericks stuck to their familiar strategy of targeting the top player, and standing by as he mulls offers. The question posed was,

Is it wise for the Mavericks to wait for Carmelo Anthony to decide or should they be meeting with players they can come to terms with right away?

“I don’t think the Mavs should be pursuing Melo at all,” said Sport DFW reader Mike. “He’s a [bad] defender and never passes the ball. I think he’s overrated and selfish.”

Mike isn’t alone on this view. I have to admit that I’m not completely sold on Melo either. His teams (in the NBA) always seem to underperform, he isn’t a very willing passer, and his defensive effort in unenthused.

But…

His scoring ability cannot be questioned and the Mavs need more scoring with the loss of Jose Calderon. His defense isn’t as bad as most think either. Neil Greenberg broke down his efficient offensive production and his defensive impact as well. Surprisingly, when Melo is on the court, opponents shoot worse. He may not be the primary reason for the slippage in scoring, but he’s not a liability either.

Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is pressured by Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

With all of that said, I’m still not a big Melo fan. I think he’s a skilled player and an asset for the right team (Bulls). Even with the addition of Tyson Chandler, the thought of seeing the Mavericks try to execute important defensive assignments with Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, and Carmelo Anthony all on the court at the same time frightens the living hell out of me.

Thanks for your email, Mike. I think we are largely in agreement on this one.

More Mavericks Mailbag to come! Later today we will look at an email from Jose41 about the Mavericks pursuit of Melo

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