Mike D’Antoni Wants to Bring Melo Off Bench
Ay P, they say I gotta come off the bench.
It looks like Carmelo Anthony will be starting on the pine for the first time in his career, with a new report surfacing suggestion Rockets Head Coach Mike D’Antoni wants to start Eric Gordon.
According to reports, Houston Rockets head coach
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) September 26, 2018
And, from all reports, it looks like Carmelo is more receptive to the idea than he was last year at OKC.
— CBS Sports NBA (@CBSSportsNBA) September 25, 2018
Anthony, the only player in NBA history to have scored more than 50 points in a game with none ever coming from the paint, will now have to take on a different role, working with the second unit, which will typically play against second unit defence — which could mean BIG things for Melo.
And it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Last year, Anthony struggled finding his spots in the Thunder offense, shooting a career-low 40 percent from the field and averaging a career-low 16.2 points per game.
We’re expecting those sort of numbers coming off the bench this year for Anthony, perhaps even more, depending on minutes played.
It’ll be a strange thing to see, but we can’t wait to see how Melo and the Rockets work out in 2019.