Carmelo Anthony is reportedly set to join the Houston Rockets on a one-year, $2.4 million deal. Does the 10-time All-Star make sense for the Rockets?
Scott Rafferty (@crabdribbles): There's a huge difference between getting this version of Carmelo Anthony for $27.9 million and $2.4 million. As disappointing as he was on the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, signing a veteran who is capable of creating his own shot and making 2.2 3-pointers per game at a decent clip for the veteran's minimum is a worthwhile gamble for a Rockets team that lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute this offseason.
The addition of Carmelo alone won't replace the value of those two players - Houston will likely take a huge step back defensively in switching Ariza and Mbah a Moute with someone who has never been known for his defence - but he could make the Rockets even more dominant offensively, at least in the regular season.
Gilbert McGregor (@GMcGregor21): Carmelo Anthony definitely makes sense for this Rockets team. Despite his struggles last season, he knocked down a career-high 169 3-pointers; the Rockets attempted and made more 3-pointers than any other team in the league last year. Trevor Ariza, who left Houston via free agency, knocked down 170 3s last season - the third most on the team. While he won't be able to replicate Ariza's impact on the defensive end, Carmelo can replace his shooting, allowing Houston to continue to thrive offensively.
In addition to his 3-point shooting, Carmelo can be an elite scorer in spurts - playing alongside two of the league's best playmakers in Chris Paul and James Harden should do wonders for his efficiency.
Carlan Gay (@TheCarlanGay): Carmelo Anthony probably had his worse season in the NBA last year, and even then he still managed to average 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Those numbers are better than Trevor Ariza's outputs. (Yes, I know Melo took more shots.) Anthony will also be surrounded by better playmakers in Houston with the likes of James Harden, Chris Paul and even Eric Gordon spoon feeding him wide open looks - he didn't have that last year.
Defence is where the Rockets will suffer, but when they need a stop, Melo will be on the bench cheering on with his hoodie up.
James McKern (@jlmckern): At the price they're getting him, yes, Carmelo Anthony makes sense for the Rockets. Anthony brings an ability to get hot at the drop of a hat and adds to the Rockets' plan of attempting and making more 3s than any team in league history. He'll thrive feeding off of Chris Paul and James Harden and should come close to topping his 169 made 3-pointers from last season.
Anthony won't be able to replace the loss of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute on the defensive end, but they now possess enough firepower to match it with every team in the league.