One of the newest additions to the Houston Rockets continues to tear it up this summer in some pickup games.
Last summer, the NBA world was taken aback by the concept of “Hoodie Melo.” Carmelo Anthony was in all the trade rumors, including some to the Houston Rockets, and was tearing it up in some pickup games.
Carmelo Anthony was a summer legend last year and never seemed to miss a shot, leading many to believe he would have an awesome season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. That didn’t quite happen, though, and he struggled to fit in with Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
Melo is back at it again this summer. He worked out with Chris Paul some before he officially signed:
And now, most recently, he has been seen dominating once again in the summer. This time, though, he has pretty much ditched the “Hoodie Melo” shtick and has stuck to just strictly getting buckets.
He’s starting to prepare for the upcoming season with the Rockets. He looks a bit more in shape and ready to go.
Can it translate?
As we said earlier, Melo’s summer dominance didn’t translate to the NBA last year. This time around, can he be better with the Rockets?
He certainly has the ability to still get buckets when needed. He is playing with two Hall of Famers level playmakers in Chris Paul and James Harden. The real question is whether or not Melo can fit in on the defensive end. He will likely be tasked with guarding the power forward position, let’s hope he can do just that and play at least passable defense.
Carmelo can be a dangerous weapon for the Rockets, will it pan out to more than just summer buckets?