Monday , Aug , 20 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Carmelo Anthony Team USA Power Forward, LeBron James Should Stay As Facilitator

Team USA is short on inside depth, so they’re considering moving Anthony from small forward to power forward. Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard are natural centers, leaving Amare Stoudemire as the only option at the four-spot. Oh yeah, Nick Collison is kicking around, too …

NBA.com reports on Carmelo Anthony playing power forward for Team USA :

While Kidd is the leader and floor general, Bryant is the go-to scorer down the stretch and LeBron is the runaway train on the break, Carmelo Anthony’s role might be as or more important than all of them.

Throughout the first three practices of this second session of training camp, Coach Mike Krzyzewski has had a primary lineup of Kidd, Bryant, James, Anthony and Stoudemire. He has said that it won’t be his only starting lineup, but it’s safe to say that Anthony will spend a lot of time playing the power forward position.

My Quick Take: Team USA is short on inside depth, so they’re considering moving Anthony from small forward to power forward. Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard are natural centers, leaving Amare Stoudemire as the only option at the four-spot. Oh yeah, Nick Collison is kicking around, too.

can handle the power forward position. International basketball is similar to the NCAA and ‘Melo’ dominated the inside during his year at Syracuse. As a freshman, he controlled the low block and led his Orangemen to glory in the March Madness Tournament.

This move shows that USA Basketball is starting to get international hoops. The NBA focuses on slotting players into positions, while national teams focus on putting their top talent on the floor. Anthony at the four spot means more minutes for one of Stars and Stripes’ best players. This improves their chances at qualifying for the Olympics in Beijing.

Some believe would be a better choice to play the four-spot. I disagree. James could handle the move down-low, but he’s at his best when he’s on the perimeter, looking to involve teammates. King James should stay at the three-spot, where he can facilitate for others.

Team USA is spoiled. They have so much talent. But how this talent comes together will determine their success.

Anthony or James? Who should play power forward for Team USA ? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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