Case against the Dallas Mavericks signing Carmelo Anthony in free agency
Anthony is far from the perfect fit in Dallas. His defense is subpar as he rated 211th of 250 qualified players in FiveThirtyEight’s defensive RAPTOR last season. Anthony has to play the four or the five, but he struggles to match up against quicker forwards and cannot deal with size at center. The Mavs jumped into the top four in the west and reached the conference finals last season on the back of defensive improvement.
Dallas added Christian Wood and JaVale McGee because they were dominated on the boards in the postseason. The Mavs lost the rebounding battle 811 to 657 over their 18 playoff games, and it was the team’s biggest weakness. Carmelo has never been the strongest rebounder, and he averaged just 4.2 in 26.0 minutes per game last season.
Melo is one of the best scorers of this generation, but he has never been known for his playmaking ability. The 38-year-old averaged just 1.0 assist per game last season, and he will not be able to fill the needed ball-handling role the Mavericks have after losing Jalen Brunson in free agency.
There are no perfect fits left at this point in the offseason, so should the Dallas Mavericks sign Carmelo Anthony?