The Knicks are truly an offensive juggernaut as they have two of the best offensive players in the game, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. Plus, they have an offensive Guru as their coach in Mike D’Antoni. Let’s review last night’s performance against Golden State to understand the Knicks approach to scoring.
- Amare Stoudemire – STAT is one of the best players in the game so it is unfair for him to go one-on-one against anyone. Amare must always wait for the double team before trying to drive to the basket. Also, he must make sure to never pass the ball out of the double team because a double teamed Amare is always better than an open shooter. The Knicks also should never set a pick and roll for Amare because again that would just be unfair to their opponents.
- Carmelo Anthony – See description of the game plan for Amare. Plus, Carmelo plays point forward like Larry Bird which means he dribbles the ball up the court and always passes to the best player on the court which is almost always himself. He should especially never pass to Amare or Amare to him because it would be unfair to have two of the game’s best players working together.
- Toney Douglas – Douglas plays point guard which means he should always push the ball up court and try to shoot with as much time remaining on the shot clock as possible. It doesn’t matter if his teammates are open or if he missed the last five shots he took because it is the effort that matters most.
- Mike Bibby – Bibby is the back up point guard but he is older. His job is to take his time dribbling up the court. He needs to slow down the action as much as possible, kind of a rope-a-dope style lulling his opponents into submission. Continue reading