MEXICO CITY — Carmelo Anthony has needed to make all types of changes since being traded from the Knicks to the Thunder in September.
The ex-Knicks star has needed to regulate going from New York to Oklahoma Metropolis. However most significantly, he has needed to regulate going from being the person to being a teammate, from filling the basket to filling a task.
“For probably the most half, it’s simply accepting the truth that you’re not going to be the person each single night time or should be the person each single night time, so for me, I’ve accepted that,” Anthony stated Wednesday night time on the Thunder workforce lodge as they ready for Thursday’s recreation towards the Nets.
“Coming from the place you needed to be the person, the go-to man each single night time day-in and day-out, you don’t have to try this anymore. You’ll be able to simply attempt to do what you do greatest and check out to slot in and attempt to do what I’ve to do to assist the staff win basketball video games. So for me, that’s the most important adjustment, but in addition that’s the enjoyable half for me.”
For Anthony, scoring all the time has been enjoyable — and second nature. His 24.6 factors per recreation profession common is the third-greatest amongst lively gamers behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant. So far as capturing, he all the time has had the conscience of a sociopath, averaging 19.5 makes an attempt per recreation no matter defenses bent on stopping him.
However he has reduce to a profession-low sixteen.1 makes an attempt this season, enjoying alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Of the three, Anthony has sacrificed probably the most and carried out so willingly.
“Simply the best way he prepares himself, he’s knowledgeable and been doing it for lots of years,” Westbrook stated. “I’ve recognized him for some time now, and simply to have him on my group is an honor, one thing I undoubtedly don’t take without any consideration.”
The Thunder have been at their greatest when Anthony has moved the ball and deferred to Westbrook and George. He’s averaged 17.7 photographs of their losses however simply 14.2 makes an attempt and an environment friendly 109.eight offensive score of their victories.
It’s no coincidence the Thunder got here into Thursday’s tilt on a 3-recreation profitable streak with Anthony averaging simply 12 photographs in that run.
“What I’ve discovered is that they sacrifice rather a lot,” Thunder guard Alex Abrines stated. “They’ve been three of the highest gamers within the league — Melo, Russ and Paul — they usually’re sacrificing a whole lot of their recreation for the workforce. They’ve given up their very own photographs to make the additional move to get different guys extra photographs. It’s an enormous factor. That’s why the…