By The Numbers: Statistical Look At The Knicks' Offensive Success

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3. Carmelo Anthony's Player Efficiency (24.8, 4th in the NBA)


Player Efficiency Rating (PER) basically measures how productive a player was on a per minute basis, factoring in measurables like field goals, free throws, 3-point shots, assists, and rebounds. The stat has flaws, such as it's inability to accurately quantify defense, but I find it's a useful tool when gauging players' production.

Carmelo Anthony recorded the fourth highest PER in basketball this season, 24.8, which was also his career high. With Amar'e Stoudemire missing the majority of the season with injury, Anthony took on an even bigger role in the Knicks offense on his way to the NBA scoring title. 

He led the NBA in Usage Rate (USG% -- the percentage of team plays used while on the floor) and did so with marvelous efficiently, recording a 56% True Shooting Percentage. Anthony showcased great versatility, operating in isolation, as a ball handler, and as a spot up shooter, while embracing the power forward position for the first time in his career. He made great strides in his passing out of double teams, as I mentioned before, which was a huge part of the Knicks' outside shooting prowess.

Overall, it was a great offensive season for Anthony and his PER reflects that.

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