Carmelo Anthony credits Russell Westbrook for making his job easier with OKC

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Integrating their new big three has been a work in progress for the Oklahoma City Thunder but they're slowly starting to click into gear.

They displayed this in their dominant 110-91 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

Over their first seven games, one thing that has been apparent is that reigning MVP Russell Westbrook is doing everything he can to help accommodate All-Star duo Carmelo Anthony and Paul George into the team.

The point guard's usage rate has dropped from last season and he's currently leading the league in assists.

The OKC star recognises the importance of having great players around him and is willing to share the load and make the game easier for himself and his teammates.

One beneficiary of this has certainly been Anthony, who has never been used to playing second or third fiddle in a team but says he has full trust in deferring to Westbrook as he appreciates how he's making life simpler for him.

“My best years have come with guys who I can trust at that position," Anthony told Bleacher Report. "Guys who know that position. Guys who I can play off of and rely on a night-to-night basis. I had Andre Miller, then Chauncey, Jason Kidd. Those guys really showed me the ropes.

“As a result, I had my best years. Now, having somebody like Russ who I know I can trust, I know I can put my faith in. I can go to war with him on a night-to-night basis. We both have the same code in mind—that’s to win—and that’s what makes it good for me.”

Melo is currently averaging a team-best 22.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting from the field while scoring more than 20 points in each of the six games prior to the win over the Bucks, where he notched 17.

It hasn't taken the veteran long to settle into life in OKC playing with Westbrook as it's allowed him to focus on maximising his best attribute which is scoring.

Being part of a winning team, and not having to deal with the pressures of playing in a big market like he did in New York, has given the 32-year-old a new lease of life with the Thunder and it may possibly see him commit to the franchise long-term.

The 10-time All-Star can become a free agent in the summer or opt into his existing deal and remain in Oklahoma City for at least another year.

But for now, his main focus is on helping the team improve and challenging the Golden State Warriors in the west.

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