Keys To Camp: Carmelo Anthony

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One of the keys to Carmelo Anthony's superb 2013 was his commitment to the three-point shot. He took a career high 414 long range attempts -- 6.0 per 36 minutes -- and hit on a career high 37.9 percent of them. Shooting a high volume of the most efficient shot in basketball at a high percentage was good for Anthony's offensive game. His great outside shooting forced opponents to play him closer in spot up situations, allowing him to create more space and better opportunities for himself off the catch.
 
According to Synergy Sports, Anthony's points per play in spot-up situations increased from 0.91 in 2011 to 1.09 in 2012. Should the Knicks superstar shoot like he did last season, he'll be in contention for a second consecutive scoring title. 
 
- Taylor Armosino