Friday, October 18, 2013
Opening Tip: Melo + Bargnani = Success?
By Ian Begley
BALTIMORE -- Mike Woodson experimented with playing Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani together at the power forward and center positions, respectively, on Thursday night.
And in a statement that may scare some Knicks fans who value interior defense, Woodson says he likes what he saw.
"We started with the big lineup but also put Melo back at the 4 and had Bargnani at the 5 and that was pretty positive," Woodson said. "I'll go back and look at it a little closely on tape."
To be clear, Woodson did not commit to the idea of playing Anthony and Bargnani at power forward and center in the regular season. It was probably something that he was curious about, so he decided to try it in a preseason game.
The overall numbers actually weren't that bad. When Bargnani and Anthony were on the floor together and Tyson Chandler was on the bench, the Knicks were outscored, 49-42. It's worth noting that forward Ike Diogu was out there at times alongside Bargnani and Anthony. So Diogu may have guarded the opposing power forward or center for some stretches.
But with Bargnani and Anthony on the floor together, and Chandler on on the bench, the Knicks allowed Washington to score 30 points on shots within three feet of the basket
For comparison's sake -- thought it's not a perfect comparison -- the Knicks gave up an average of 39 points per game in the paint last season. So, based on the small sample size of Thursday's game, it seems like the Knicks will be susceptible to scoring in the paint with Anthony and Bargnani at power forward and center. That's not very surprising, given both players' reputations on defense.
All of the above, though, brings us to our question: Do you want to see Woodson experiment with Anthony and Bargnani at the power forward and center spots? Could that lineup have success? Or should he stay away from it?
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will practice on Friday in preparation for Monday's preseason game against Toronto.
QUESTION: Do you want to see Mike Woodson experiment with playing Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani together at the power forward and center spots? Could that lineup have success? Or should he stay away from it?