Carmelo Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million free agent deal with the Houston Rockets in August and former Rocket Tracy McGrady isn’t a fan of the move.
While McGrady thinks Anthony will be able to resurrect his career in Houston to an extent, the Hall of Famer doesn’t believe the Rockets will benefit from Anthony’s presence.
“As for signing Carmelo, I think this is a good operation for him personally, but not necessarily for the team,” McGrady said. “Because the Rockets lost too much defensive ability. Anthony can score, but defense was the Rockets’ strong play last season. We have to see what height they can reach. I don’t know if they can reach the Western Conference Finals. Maybe they can make it to the West playoffs, maybe they will be eliminated in the first-round.”
The Rockets lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency, two big losses considering Ariza and Mbah a Moute are stout perimeter defenders. Carmelo Anthony, meanwhile, is one of the worst one-on-one defenders in the league and isn’t the lethal scorer he used to be. In his lone season with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017-18, Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game and shot only 40.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Anthony will compete for a starting spot in training camp, but ultimately could come off the bench — based on whatever head coach Mike D’Antoni decides makes most sense for the Rockets.