Melo continues to make sense for Sixers

Andrew Porter
November 08, 2019 - 10:54 am

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Carmelo Anthony makes sense for the Philadelphia 76ers. 

And I'm not afraid to say it. It's starting to make even more sense by the day now. 

"I'm surprised, of course," Anthony recently told reports during an interview on SNY. "It is what it is at this point. I'm sitting back waiting, see what happens, spending time with the family right now."

When asked if he still wants to play, Melo said, "Two thousand percent. Make that the headline."

The Sixers are currently 18th in the NBA in overall offense and 25th in three-point attempts. Anthony, who yes is 35 years old, is one of the game's all-time great scorers. Sure, he's not the same player he used to be and he's a horrendous defender, but the Sixers are in desperate need of bench scoring and Anthony is in desperate need of playing basketball. 

If any team can absorb Anthony's atrocious defense, it's the Sixers, arguably the league's best defensive squad. The Sixers are playing Furkan Korkmaz, who I like, 19.9 minutes per game just because they need bench shooting/scoring so badly. That's a lot of minutes. And while Mattisee Thybulle is an outstanding defender—way better than we could have dreamed of after his first seven NBA games—he's nonexistent on offense. 

Melo and Sixers GM Elton Brand played together on the 2006 USA World Cup FIBA team in Japan. Brand is just five years older than Melo. You also have the three-degrees of separation connection between Ben Simmons and Carmelo Anthony, with mutual friend LeBron James as the bridge.

Look, it's time. Melo has been humbled. He knows he's no longer an NBA starter. He's willing to accept a bench role to help a team win the title and just to get back into the league. Philadelphia is the perfect destination for him, whether you like it or not.