Oklahoma City Thunder: Carmelo Anthony

Clamoring for the Oklahoma City Thunder to move away from Carmelo Anthony is futile. They aren’t knifing into his minutes to give Jerami Grant or Josh Huestis more court time. He still carries star-power cachet, even if he no longer warrants it.

Oklahoma City must, however, worry about Anthony crimping its style when he plays.fa00ffe970ac7ee21902f447cb93b6dd_crop_exactnike nfl jerseys differences

The defense is giving up a disastrous 109.8 points per 100 possessions in the time he’s spent on the floor since Andre Roberson’s season-ending patellar injury. And while the offense is outpacing that number, it does so in spite of the starting power forward.

Anthony is slashing 36.8/34.2/68.8 in the post-Roberson era. His efficiency off the catch has waned, and he’s been ice-cold in the clutch, shooting 32.1 percent overall and 23.5 percent from downtown.

Again: Replacing him isn’t a realistic option. The Thunder’s only available alternatives all force them to sacrifice at one end of the floor.

Double-dipping with two of Grant, Huestis, Alex Abrines, Corey nfl china jerseys nike Brewer, Terrance Ferguson and Patrick Patterson while sitting Anthony has almost always torpedoed the offense or defense, per Cleaning The Glass. The lone exception: A Huestis-Patterson-Russell Westbrook-Paul George-Steven Adams lineup…that has played all of 47 possessions.

Olympics Melo isn’t making a cameo in the postseason. It was foolish, in hindsight, to hope for Anthony to even partially channel that version of himself. He isn’t surrounded by a dozen top-25 stars, and Oklahoma City isn’t playing inferior competition at every turn. nfl teams jerseys

Luckily for the Thunder, they don’t need Anthony to enter playground mode. cheap women nfl jerseys They just need him to be an efficient ancillary device—a role he has, by many measures, accepted but yet to master or even grow comfortable in.