New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has had a lot of success playing the power-forward position in recent years, especially during the 54-win 2012-13 campaign. Anthony didn’t play much power forward during last season’s disaster, but it sounds like he’s expecting to see a lot of time at the 4 this year:
Melo: "I'm pretty sure I'll be at the 4 this season." Says the makeup of the team makes him feel that way. Interesting.
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) September 28, 2015
Again, Anthony and the Knicks have enjoyed success with him playing the 4, so this makes all the sense in the world and it’s a positive to hear him talking like this.
What’s interesting is that New York brought in a bunch of big men this offseason. The Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4. They signed Robin Lopez, Kyle O’Quinn, Kevin Seraphin and Derrick Williams. So there are plenty of options to go with in the frontcourt, but not that much quality depth in the backcourt or on the wing, although that could change if young guys prove themselves.
But in reality, playing Anthony at the 4 is the best move for New York. He plays well there. The Knicks play better with him there. Now we’ll see just how much he plays there.