Los Angeles Lakers GM Reveals How Veteran Forward Carmelo Anthony can Help the Team

Published 09/25/2021, 11:51 AM EDT
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The Lakers have assembled a ‘super team’ for the upcoming season. They have added 14 players to their roster, which includes the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Russell Westbrook among others. They have also let go of 14 players during the off-season. Los Angeles Lakers GM Rob Pelinka and co. have worked tirelessly during the off-season, hoping to add depth to their roster.

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Many would say that the Lakers have an aging roster and that most of their players are past their prime. But the franchise is the joint-most successful NBA team right now and will aim to earn a few titles in the coming seasons.

Mar 19, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward Carmelo Anthony (00) shoots the ball over Dallas Mavericks power forward Maxi Kleber (42) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony is a 10-time All-Star and has just signed with the Lakers in a bid to win his first NBA championship. The 37-year-old may not be the same player he used to be 4-5 seasons back, however; he has got what it takes to win. He also has a good relationship with LeBron, which will eventually help the team on the court. Rob Pelinka has recently talked about what Carmelo Anthony brings to the Lakers’ roster

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Carmelo Anthony’s role as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers squad

Lakers GM Rob Pelinka has recently opened up on Carmelo Anthony’s major skill that will help the team going into this season. Pelinka said that Carmelo’s spot-up shooting is a skill that fits well with the Lakers.

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Veteran forward Carmelo’s addition will surely help the team in filling the role of a player who can convert spot-up shots. Carmelo’s performance has undoubtedly declined in the past few years, but his previous two seasons with the Blazers saw an improvement. Many would think that LeBron‘s friendship with Carmelo would be the reason for signing the 18-year veteran. But Pelinka has already made it clear that he expects Carmelo to step up when the Lakers need him the most.

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Carmelo Anthony boasts a career average of 23 PPG, 2.8 APG, and 6.3 RPG. His free throw percentage (.890) last season for the Blazers was the best in his career. While he didn’t start most of the games in Portland, he made himself available whenever needed. Who knows if he will start every game or not, but one can be assured he is going to give it his all for his first NBA championship.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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