As rumors of Carmelo Anthony going to the Boston Celtics continue floating about, there is one analyst who believes the move would be great for both sides. NBC Sports Boston host Michael Holley recently did a breakdown on how Anthony would benefit the Celtics.
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As Boston recovers from the recent announcement that forward Danilo Gallinari tore his left ACL and will be out for six to 12 months, getting someone with similar production to him should be the main priority.
That is where Holley believes Anthony comes into the equation. He said the 19-year veteran, aside from reputation, fits the bench role perfectly for Boston as he can put up the stats Gallinari would have throughout the course of a season. Holley gave praise to Anthony for the way he handled returning to the NBA in 2019 with the Portland Trail Blazers after a one-year absence.
“He was a completely different player, productive with Portland, productive last year with the Lakers. He will be productive in Boston,” Holley said before capping off his breakdown with, “as a Celtic, love it!”
Carmelo Anthony could play a key role off the bench for the Boston Celtics
In two seasons with the Blazers, Anthony averaged 14.3 points and 4.6 rebounds on 42.5 percent shooting from the field and 39.9 percent from three. His most recent outing with the Lakers saw him put up 13.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from long range.
If Anthony can be the fit Holley envisions him to have with the Boston Celtics, he will play a key role off the bench in helping the team make a run to the NBA Finals, a milestone he would love to end his career with.