Carmelo Anthony’s career is starting to mirror that of Allen Iverson’s. He’s a certified scorer, a lock to make it to the Hall of Fame, and has looked sharp since being waived by the Chicago Bulls, at least to the naked eye. Still, it looks like the NBA has kind of given up on him the same way it gave up on Iverson, who refused to embrace a lesser role off the bench towards the sunset of his career and didn’t have the chance to get anything that looked like a farewell tour.
Even though his playing style may seem a bit obsolete for modern NBA offenses, the fact that Melo hasn’t been signed by any team is still kind of shocking, as even his trainer claimed he’s better than 60-70% of active NBA players.
We refuse to believe that there’s no more room in the league for Team USA’s all-time leading scorer, and today, we’re going to discuss three teams that could benefit from his presence off the bench while giving him his much-deserved goodbye season.
The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference and are coming off one of the best seasons in franchise history, but they struggled to find scoring off the bench all season long with just 32.3 points per game.
Mike Budenholzer has done wonders with his players in terms of shooting, and while they’ve already signed Kyle Korver, he looked slow on the defensive end of the floor throughout the playoffs last season.
Melo can bring some of his well-known spot-up offense and could even help them spread the floor with an all-shooters lineup. They wouldn’t need him to carry the load on offense, but he could easily average over 15 points per game off the bench for them.
The Philadelphia 76ers were one unlucky bounce away from taking the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals to overtime on the road, and they’ve gotten a lot better this offseason with the additions of Al Horford, Matisse Thybulle, and Josh Richardson.