The Pros And Cons Of Carmelo Anthony Heading To The Rockets

Carmelo Anthony’s pending move to the Rockets has generated plenty of discussion, too much discussion if you ask me.

So to cut through the noise and right to the stuff that matters, here’s a simple list of pros and cons for Melo’s move to Houston.

Pros

  • Everyone seems to get better when they get away from Russell Westbrook.
  • Jersey sales – there’s still an incredible number of people still under the impression that Melo is good at basketball.
  • If anyone can convince Melo to take a lesser role – always an unenviable task – it’s his good buddy CP3.
  • Maybe, just maybe, the perceived threat of Melo outside the arc opens things up even more for the Rockets.
  • At least he isn’t heading to Miami, which would’ve been an absolute disaster due to their strict limits on players’ body fat percentages.

Cons

  • Every fibre in my body is telling me this is a bad idea, if that’s worth anything.
  • The last time we saw Melo, he was unplayable in the first round of the playoffs, missing 22 of his 28 three-point attempts while getting eaten alive by rookie Donovan Mitchell in the pick-and-roll.
  • Melo ain’t taking a back seat role.
  • This.
  • Dropping Anthony into Houston’s frantic switching defence promises to be as messy as dropping a Mentos into a Coke bottle.

Conclusion

There are too many red flags here.

It just isn’t worth the risk.

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