Rockets GM Daryl Morey thinks Carmelo Anthony is going to have the ‘best season he’s had in a while’
Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets were ecstatic to be able to sign Carmelo Anthony in NBA free agency this offseason. After the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks, Anthony was bought out of his contract, clearing the way for him to sign with the Rockets.
Anthony had an incredibly disappointing season for the Thunder last year. He did not fit in with Paul George and Russell Westbrook, which led to his early departure from Oklahoma City.
Now, the Rockets have high expectations for Anthony in their system. Morey talked about how he thinks Anthony is going to have one of the best years he has had in a long time, per Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic.
@dmorey on Melo: “Carmelo is an extremely talented player. He’s going to have his best season he’s had in a while”
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) October 5, 2018
Houston needs Anthony to have a big season. After coming up just short in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, the Rockets needed to make a move. Golden State went out and signed DeMarcus Cousins, and the Rockets need Anthony to be that kind of difference-maker for them.
Offensively, Anthony will be able to knock down 3s and score from the mid-range and post. Defensively, however, Anthony is likely going to be a liability. That was the case last season with the Thunder.
It is going to be intriguing to see what Anthony brings to the Rockets. He will be in an ideal situation where he can spot up and play off the ball alongside James Harden and Chris Paul. The biggest key is going to be whether he accepts that role or not.
Last season with the Thunder, Anthony averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Those numbers aren’t awful, but Houston will need him to do a bit better, or at least score more efficiently. He barely cracked 40 percent shooting overall and was only at 35.7 percent on 3-pointers.
Expect to see Anthony fit with the Rockets better than he did with the Thunder. He isn’t going to get back to a superstar level, but he should give Houston a big boost.
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