It's fair to say the Carmelo Anthony experiment didn't quite work out for the Oklahoma City Thunder as he endured his worst season in the league.
In an interview following his possibly last game for OKC, Carmelo Anthony said the Thunder didn’t have a plan to utilize his talents this season. During the interview, Carmelo said OKC’s roster was just “thrown together” at the last minute, adding, “It wasn’t no strategy to me being here”
Anthony questioned the role the organization put him in since everybody had high expectations from The Oklahoma City Thunder who were built with a championship in mind this season.
“I think the player that they wanted me to be and needed me to be was for the sake of this season because everything was just thrown together and it wasn’t anything that was planned out.
“It wasn’t no strategy to me being here. Me being a part of the actual system and what type of player and things like that.
“As far as being effective as that type of player, I don’t think I can be effective. I was willing to accept that challenge in that role.
“But I think I bring a little bit more to the game as far as being more knowledgable in what I still can do as a basketball player.”
Even with all of the talent in the starting lineup, the team had to fight for a playoff spot the entire season until finally grabbing the fourth seed with a record of 48-34.
While Westbrook and George continued to put up All-Star numbers, Anthony took a step back. The 15-year veteran posted career lows in playing time (32.1 minutes per game), scoring (16.2 points) and shooting percentage (40.4 percent from the field).
Throughout his career, the 34-year-old has been the go-to guy and the primary scoring option on his teams and it's clear he didn't enjoy or contribute effectively to his role in Oklahoma City.
It will be interesting to see how Carmelo's career will develop during the summer since it's evident his contribution has significantly fallen. Carmelo also mentioned he doesn't want to come off the bench and for a lot of contenders having Anthony in a starting lineup might not be so alluring