Friday, March 4th, 2011 at 11:30 am  |  16 responses

Mike D’Antoni Forced to Change His Offense to Fit Stars

The arrival of Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to New York means that Mike D’Antoni’s infamous “Seven Seconds or Less” offense is now a thing of the distant past. From the NY Times: “The accommodating tone is in contrast to the caricature of D’Antoni that has emerged over the years — as a stubborn, all-offense, no-defense, small-ball coach who refused to adapt to personnel. The portrait was skewed, but it always contained some elements of truth. D’Antoni enjoys nothing more than disproving skeptics and winning unconventionally. He is also, however, a devout realist. Which bring us to Anthony and Billups … Concessions are being made, as D’Antoni bluntly noted before the Knicks’ victory Wednesday night over the New Orleans Hornets. ‘We’re always going to be a little bit of an iso, one-on-one kind of a team, which, to be honest with you, is pretty good,’ D’Antoni said, a declaration that would have made jaws drop in Phoenix. He followed with some important qualifiers: that the Knicks cannot ‘totally fall into’ a one-on-one game, that the ball still needs to move, that the floor should be spaced and that the scoring should be shared. D’Antoni is bending his principles, but he is not about to shatter them. ‘I think we’ll meet some place halfway in between,’ he said Thursday, ‘because we don’t want to lose what Melo and those guys do the best. A lot of it is going one-on-one. They’re the best in the league at it.’ Yet the reins are clearly looser now. In five games with Anthony, the Knicks have averaged 17.6 isolation plays per game — 3.1 more than they did before his arrival — and 7.4 post-ups per game, an increase of 2 per game, according to an analysis by Synergy Sports Technology. Those two categories now make up 23 percent of the Knicks’ offense, up from 18.5 percent. The Knicks are also taking more spot-up jumpers and fewer shots via pick-and-roll plays, according to Synergy. The offense is now dominated by the Big Three: Anthony, Stoudemire and Billups are averaging at least 20 points each and combining for 69 percent of the Knicks’ offense.”

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  • http://www.reddoorsociety.blogspot.com/ rainman10

    I would take this big three into battle right now over the Heat big three. Billups and Wade are on the same clutch level. Melo can score more ways, and more easily than Bron. And Amare is better than Bosh. I just like how this Knicks three is not as predictable as the Heat. And the others aren’t lost when one has the ball like the Heat.

  • http://www.sunlustxxx.com RunNGun

    What was there to change when D’Antoni’s offense doesn’t require players to play defense?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Don’t change the O, change the D

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJH1U90dS4o&feature=player_embedded IAMORANGE4EVER

    Stat and Melo!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    so now they don’t need chris paul?

  • dsleepy

    this is expected, and a good thing. maybe with a slower, more meticulous offensive pace the team will be forced to focus more on defense too. Mike ‘Antoni.

  • Riggs

    the knicks HAVE been playing D, so stop with that noise.

  • MusketeerX

    If you slow down the pace, then you will allow more energy for D. One should follow the other. The Knicks need some more depth, but they are looking good right now.

  • r2j

    He had to re-adjust now that he has Melo in the fold. Billups will do whatever he wants to, it’s Carmelo he needs to figure out and right now that’s a good sign cause he wouldn’t do this in Phoenix.

  • spit hot fiyah

    7,4 post-ups per game? seems extremely low , right?

  • FoCo

    Watch out for those Cavs!

  • http://theroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ riggs: They defended really well against the Heat, but the two games they played against the Cavs were just atrocious on that end of the floor. Offensively they’re pretty seamless–on defense they still have some huge problems.

  • http://theroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    How are you gonna let a Mo Williams-less Cavs squad score 119 points on you at HOME?

  • X

    cosign @Max…Thank God Cleveland can’t make the playoffs…LOL

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @Teddy – A Mike D’antoni team would let you, me, Eboy, MikeC and that annoying Greek guy score at least 65 points at home. C’mon.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Ugh – But ugh, a D’Antoni team would drop 155 on you guys.