Mike D’Antoni: Carmelo Could Average Close to Triple Double

The lone triple double of Carmelo Anthony’s NBA career came against Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns, and the Knicks’ current coach believes his new star can put up those kinds of numbers every night. From the NY Daily News: “Mike D’Antoni believes that Carmelo Anthony should be ‘knocking on that door’ of posting a triple double every night and admitted that the offense should run through the All-Star forward. Anthony had what D’Antoni considered his best all-around game since joining the Knicks when he had 39 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in Monday’s overtime win against Orlando. ‘Yeah, I thought he got after it and rebounded well,’ D’Antoni said Wednesday. ‘He should nightly be getting close to a triple double. The ball should be going through him a lot, and he should be knocking on that door.’ Anthony doesn’t really have the makeup of a triple-double guy. Instead, he’s the quintessential go-to-scorer. He is averaging 25.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 70 games this season with Denver and the Knicks.”