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Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks is a Reason to Rejoice

Carmelo Anthony is now a member of the New York Knicks (Photo by Marc Rasbury)
Carmelo Anthony Will Play for the New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony Will Play for the New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony, in his eighth year in the National Basketball Association(NBA), a 4-time All-Star, an NCAA champion and Final Four Most Outstanding Player award winner, is now a member of the New York Knicks, and many Knicks fans everywhere rejoice.  But some fans aren’t as happy.  Why?

There are some out there that don’t think the 2011 version of the M&M boys, ‘Mare and ‘Melo, will mesh offensively.  There are some out there that feel that the Knicks did not need offensive help, and didn’t need a talented scorer like Anthony. There are some out there that are even comparing this 15-player, three-team deal to the 18-player Herschel Walker two-team deal. I find all three laughable, and here’s why.

The thought that Anthony, arguably the most talented offensive player in the NBA, won’t be able to co-exist with Amar’e Stoudemire tickles me.  Anthony was able to not only co-exist, but experienced regular season success with former NBA Most Valuable Player, four-time NBA scoring champion and 10-time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson, notoriously know as one of the most ball-dominant NBA players of the last 15 years, as they won 50 games their only full season together.  Anthony has never played with a big man as talented as Stoudemire, but it will not be an issue, and though Anthony isn’t a typical pick-and-roll player like a LeBron James, I would think that Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni would implement one with his two stars in the offense, if not this season, then in the preseason of the 2011-2012 season.

The Knicks score 106.2 points-per game, second in the league so scoring isn’t a problem, why Carmelo, some fans have asked?  Scoring during the first three quarters for the Knicks, for the most part, hasn’t been a problem, but fourth-quarter scoring, or lack there of, has caused the Knicks to lose three close games in the last month, to the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and San Antonio Spurs.  Teams who double-team Stoudemire now face the fate of possibly putting the ball in the hands of Anthony, who scores 24.8 per game for his career, or Chauncey Billups, a former NBA Finals MVP and five-time All-Star, nicknamed “Mr. Big Shot,” much riskier than Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, or any other Knick traded in this deal.

Some out there feel the Knicks gave up too much, reportedly six players, in this deal, and have absurdly compared the deal to the Herschel Walker deal. First, the Walker deal exchanged one player and four draft picks for five players and eight draft picks, so to compare this deal to a 5-13 swap is ridiculous.  The Knicks are reportedly receiving two All Stars in Anthony and Billups in addition to Corey Brewer, Sheldon Williams, Renaldo Balkman, and Anthony Carter.  Obtaining Billups and teaming him with Anthony with Stoudemire makes the Knicks a dangerous playoff team, with two players that can singlehandedly win a game on any given night, but also makes the Knicks an even more attractive place to play for potential free agents, including point guards Chris Paul and Deron Williams, who have both reportedly expressed interest in playing for the Knicks.

Rejoice Knicks fans, as the New York Knicks now have two perennial all-stars in the starting lineup.  With these two alone, the Knicks should be a 50-win team yearly, and at least a team that reaches the second round of the NBA playoffs yearly.  With some additional transactions and clutch play, the Knicks may be raising a banner in Madison Square Garden in the near future.

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  1. Matt

    February 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Great article. I forgot about how Melo and Iverson worked well together and led the league in scoring. I am rejoicing. I still say we need a new coach though but let the good times roll!

    • razzandjazzsports

      February 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks for the read Matt. YES, Carmelo played well with Iverson, so he’ll be fine with Amar’e. We will see what D’Antoni does with his new weapons, he needs an entire season.

  2. Al M

    February 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Great pickup for the Knicks. This hurts my Sixers. Whom would have passed the Knicks in the playoff positioning. Amare and Carmelo demand double team. This makes them dangerous. And the bench is still strong. Exciting playoffs are coming.

    • razzandjazzsports

      February 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      Great pick up indeed Al. Yes, this does hurt your Sixers, because you aren’t catching us now lol. They may have passed the Knicks.

  3. Mellisa

    February 22, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks Derrel, I definitely feel better reading this post. I was a little worried last night, and I have no idea why. Maybe I thought we gave up too much. But, we should definitely be a contender next season what with Mare, Melo and Billups. Great post.

    • razzandjazzsports

      February 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you for reading Mellisa, I’m glad I was able to shed some light on why it is a good deal for the Knicks. Don’t get me wrong, I would have prefered to keep Mozgov, maybe either Chandler or Gallinari, but the deal needed to be done.

  4. CMR

    February 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I couldn’t agree more.

  5. pwbrooklyn

    February 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    luvin it

    THE CARMELO ANTHONY TO THE KNICKS SONG

    Hello Melo

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  7. Priest Forever

    February 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    You bring to light some good points. I think the biggest question is will Mike Dantoni make the coaching adjustments needed to make the Knicks effective in the conference. Like you said, scoring is not and issue but The Knicks still lack a formidable big man and defense. Even with this trade I still see the Knicks as 4th best in the east.

    • razzandjazzsports

      February 24, 2011 at 2:31 am

      Thanks brother. We shall see if D’Antoni makes those adjustments, but if he doesn’t, last year will be his last. Rumors have the Knicks going for Camby. We’ll see, trade deadline is about 17 hours away

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