The Rockets should sign Carmelo Anthony, but only under these conditions
2. Carmelo has to commit to playing defense
Throughout his career, Anthony has been known for his offense, not his defense. He isn’t the worst defender in the world, but he takes too many possessions off on the defensive end.
Last season, Oklahoma City’s defensive rating was 105.6 with Anthony on the floor. Unsurprisingly, this was the worst defensive rating on the Thunder among players that played at least 1,000 minutes.
Houston doesn’t need Anthony to defend the opposing team’s best forward because that will be P.J. Tucker’s (and hopefully Luc Mbah a Moute‘s) job. However, he has to give more effort than he has in the past.
Hopefully Anthony commits to playing better defense if he signs with Houston. He’ll likely play fewer minutes and his offensive responsibility will be less with the Rockets. That combination should give the forward the energy he needs on the defensive end of the floor.
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