Casual fans think the Rockets somehow now have a Big 3 and are posting graphics of them together.
Serious fans, on the other hand, are severely underrating the move.
Reality is in the middle.
— RedNinetyFour (@RedNinetyFour) July 24, 2018
As I’ve been writing, I have my concerns. But this notion I’ve seen popularized that Carmelo is somehow completely washed up and useless is absurd. There really isn’t any question as to whether he’ll be productive offensively. To that end, he should be able to assume a portion of James Harden’s scoring burden.
One way I saw him described elsewhere, which I liked, was as “midrange insurance.” Unequivocally, from the past two post-seasons, we can conclude that the midrange game, to some degree, is necessary at the highest levels. If Chris Paul goes down again, or if he’s resting, the Rockets will still have Anthony to attack the gaps in the defense.
This is going to be really interesting. Anthony’s reputation has fallen so far that its easy to forget he’s a future Hall of Famer. And he’s still just 34, the same age Charles Barkley was when the Rockets swung that historic trade. I think at least offensively, Anthony is going to surprise a lot of people this year with how much he still has left in the tank.