Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James were picked in round 1 during the 2003 NBA Draft by Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers respectively. And, it seems as if both will see their retirement together again.
Carmelo Anthony has people doubting his abilities throughout his career. Even though everyone accepted him as one of the top scorers in the league but was quite skeptical in watching him in the top 10 under any other lists. His skills from Ball handing to passing were seen as dubious by people but the 37-year-old is still in the league playing his 19th Edition of the NBA.
Earlier this season, Anthony also made a spot for himself in the NBA’s Top 75 players of ALL-Time. Well, that’s a feat nobody can take away from him even if his skills are questioned.
Carmelo Anthony approved DeMar DeRozan “Mid-range” game
When with City Thunder Carmelo Anthony said that he gets hate for what he does the best. His style of game that is the mid-range is like a lost art in the NBA as either player go for the range patterned plays or stick close to the rings but there’s no mid-range.
He said, “To be honest with you, I think I might be the only person in the history of the NBA who gets criticized for what he’s great at. That’s OK. I’d rather be criticized for something I’m great at.”
But seems like the 37 years old finally approve of someone as a mid-range player. In the Lakers’ previous match against the Chicago Bulls, the Lakers were blasted by the Bulls roster in a defeat of 115-110.
The Bulls dominated the 4th quarter scoring a total of 32 points which was heavily bombarded by DeMar DeRozan’s dominant offense and defense. The 4 times NBA All-Star dropped 38 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists against the Lakers.
Just like Carmelo Anthony, DeMar DeRozan too specializes in Mid-range gameplays. Melo was all praises for the 32-year-old in the post-match conference. He said, “The fact that he utilizes the midrange. I know a lot of people want to discredit that part of the game, but I think that’s a lost art. I think the midrange game is a lost art and DeMar is one of the guys who mastered that.”
In recent years there has been a visible shift in how the players play basketball. It has now become more 3 pointers based or lay-up driven and the mid-range game pattern has a scarcity of players following it and Carmelo Anthony feels that this game style should not be neglected.
He said, “At the end of the game when you’ve got to slow down when you’ve got to run something. Threes are not falling; you got to be able to get to that [mid-range shot]. DeMar DeRozan mastered his spots on the court and I think that’s why he is very efficient. Especially this season, in the fourth quarter, down the stretch.”
The Lakers maintaining their fragmented play will meet the West conference’s leading team the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.