Carmelo Anthony joined the Portland Trail Blazers for their 2019-2020 campaign after an entire year out of the NBA, adding a needed veteran presence on the court. John Schuhmann of NBA.com has Anthony on his list of “most intriguing” free agents during this offseason. Schuhmann notes that Anthony showed flashes of excellence yet lacked efficiency, even when playing alongside Portland’s best players.
Anthony had his moments with the Blazers after a full year out of the league. But, even playing alongside Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, he wasn’t very efficient in his role. His true shooting percentage of 52.5% ranked 205th among 248 players with at least 300 field goal attempts in the regular season.
Anthony was also one reason why the Blazers were the league’s worst defensive team (by a wide margin) after Christmas. There’s value in having guys who can get to their shot late in the clock, but it would be interesting to see what kind of role the 36-year-old Anthony would have next season if Trevor Ariza, Zach Collins, Rodney Hood and Gary Trent Jr. are relatively healthy.
Anthony joins Dwight Howard, Davis Bertans, Christian Wood, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Goran Dragic, Montrezl Harrell, Danilo Gallinari, Brandon Ingram, and Fred VanVleet as free agents that spark interest. You can read the entire piece here.