Carmelo Anthony thrived as power forward for the Knicks, says Mike Woodson

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Carmelo Anthony made the best season of his career playing as power forward for the New York Knicks under head coach Mike Woodson.

Woodson took over the Knicks in the middle of the 2011/12 season and immediately put Anthony in the power forward position.

The 10-time NBA All-Star was unstoppable and finished the 2012/13 season with an average of 28.7 points per game, which is a career-best for Anthony.

For his part, Woodson said Anthony exploded as power forward because there was no one in that position who could stop him.

“He might be a little bit smaller than a lot of the fours we’d play, so defensively we thought we could cover for him if we needed to. But he played his ass off on defense for us that year. And on the other end, there was not a four in the league that could cover Carmelo Anthony.

Not one. And we knew that. So that’s why the four was so powerful for him and our ballclub at that particular time. Melo thrived at the four. And we won a lot of games,” Woodson said, in an interview with Ian Begley of SNY.

Woodson is one of the candidates to take over the Knicks and become the new head coach of the team.