Let me preface this by saying that I root for Melo to succeed each and every game and am a die-hard Knicks fan, regardless of how much I disagree with the moves they make. But I've noticed that it's basically taboo to say anything negative about Carmelo on this forum. It's either praise Melo, or you are a stupid, idiotic fan that should switch over to the Nets on here.
Carmelo has a fantastic skillset. He is probably a top 5 TALENT in the NBA. However, he has a ton of flaws, which is what those who criticize Melo see very clearly and those who don't criticize Melo refuse to see.
On the offensive end:
Carmelo ranks as one of the more inefficient volume scorers in the NBA. You look at the top scorers in the league, and Melo's efficiency just doesn't stack up.
Carmelo Anthony: 22.6 PPG | 52.5 TS% | 33.5% 3P% | 5.4-6.7 FTM-FTA | 3.7 OWS | 106 ORTG | 21.1 PER
Kevin Durant: 28.0 PPG | 61% TS% | 38.7% 3P% | 6.5-7.6 FTM-FTA | 8.5 OWS | 114 ORTG | 26.2 PER
LeBron James: 27.1 PPG | 60.5% TS% | 36.2% 3P% | 6.2-8.1 FTM-FTA | 10 OWS | 118 ORTG | 30.7 PER
Kevin Love: 26.0 PPG | 56.8% TS% | 37.2% 3P% | 6.90-8.4 FTM-FTA | 7.6 OWS | 117 ORTG | 25.4 PER
Russell Westbrook: 23.6 PPG | 53.8 TS% | 31.6% 3P% | 5.2-6.3 FTM-FTA | 5.5 OWS | 108 ORTG | 22.9 PER
Dirk Nowitzki: 21.6 PPG | 56.4 TS% | 36.8% 3P% | 5.1-5.7 FTM-FTA | 5.0 OWS | 110 ORTG | 21.7 PER
Chris Paul: 19.8 PPG | 58.1% TS% | 37.1% 3P% | 4.3-5.0 FTM-FTA | 10.4 OWS | 126 ORTG | 27 PER
Paul Pierce: 19.4 PPG | 56.7% TS% | 36.6% 3P% | 4.8-5.6 FTM-FTA | 3.3 OWS | 106 ORTG | 19.6 PER
Blake Griffin: 20.7 PPG | 55.7% TS% | 3.7-7.1 FTM-FTA | 6.6 OWS | 23.4 PER
Now, before you say that I chose to show these statistics in Melo's worst year in recent memory, his efficient has always been a downfall to his game.
2010-2011 Melo: 25.6 PPG | 55.7% TS% | 37.8% 3P% | 6.6-7.9 FTM-FTA | 5.4 OWS | 109 ORTG | 21.7 PER
2009-2010 Melo: 26.6 PPG | 54.8% TS% | 31.6% 3P% | 7.4-8.9 FTM-FTA | 5.6 OWS | 110 ORTG | 22.2 PER
The things that stand out to me are the OWS, ORTG, TS%, and PER. He's considerably worse than Paul, KD and LeBron when it comes to OWS, TS%, ORTG, and OWS. Even Pierce, in his one of his more inefficient seasons, surpasses Melo in terms of efficiency. Melo just doesn't take high percentage shots. I love it when he drives. He is great when he's going to the hoop. He's 3.5-6.8 per game at the rim, which is great, but he doesn't do it enough. You see that guys like KD, Love, LeBron, Rose, Westbrook, and even John Wall take more shots at the rim than Melo. He just needs to do that more instead of settle for jumpshots. From 16-23 feet, Melo takes 5.6 shots per game, but makes a putrid 1.9 of those. That's 35%, which is the worst among players who take at least 5 of those shots per game. It's just not a high percentage shot. I understand his midrange game opens up his driving game, but the chances of that shot going in aren't as high as say a 10-15 foot jumper or a drive. He needs to drive more, get his teammates involved more, and instead of settling for these long twos, he needs to take more threes, which is a much much more efficient shot than a long two.
Another problem is, that the team is not that much better with Carmelo on the floor on the offensive end. That's evident by his ORTG. Per 100 possessions, the team doesn't isn't as great as LeBron, Wade, CP3, KD, and Love are. This is even evident in his +/- numbers this year. The team is a 1 point better when he's off the court. Think about that! The squad performs a full point better when Carmelo Anthony, a supposed top 10 player, is off the floor. You never see that in superstars, or even stars. He should be making his teammates better, but he fails to do so and it's evident with these stats.
Melo goes iso 35.4 percent of the time, according to synergy. Now, he goes iso well, ranking 59th in the league, with .84 Points Per Possession on those plays. However, going iso that often just isn't team basketball. When a player goes iso that long, the offense stagnates, and there's no rhythm or flow. We saw Melo at his best last year with Billups when he was spotting up from deep and hitting threes at a crazy rate. He was unguardable when he's hitting threes, because it opens up his penetration game and he's good at finding cutters. He just needs to play in the flow of the offense more. Too often do we see our PG just dump it off to Melo while the 4 other players watch him go to work.
As for the defensive end, he's definitely improved, but he's nowhere near above average. He's still ranked 240th defensively according to synergy, giving up 0.86 Points Per Possession. His problem lies with spot up shooters. He tends to get lazy and leaves shooters too open, which is why he ranks 344th in the league defending spot-ups, giving up 1.13 PPP, and giving up a 44.4% Score rate. His isolation defense is very good, and his post up defense is fantastic. It seems like an effort issue on that end, more than anything. He has the skillset, and he's shown he can play some very good defense.
Again, this is a thread I created just to spread knowledge, not to hate on the guy. I root for him day in and day out.