Did The Knicks Give Up Too Much For Carmelo Anthony?

Let me preface this by saying that there isn’t a bigger Carmelo Anthony fan than myself. Melo can score and create as well as any small forward in the history of the game. However, one has to wonder if the Knicks mortgaged too much when they made the trade for Carmelo. At the time, the trade seemed pretty legit to the avid SportsCenter watching fan, but to the real fan, it seemed as if the Knicks mortgaged their future for a superstar to carry them when they needed star power.

As a part of the deal, the Knicks will sent Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets, who also got additional picks and cash. Along with Anthony, New York would get Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman from Denver. The additional picks the Nuggets received were two second-round selections that the Knicks acquired from Golden State when the Warriors signed forward David Lee last summer.

Taking a look back, the Knicks only have Anthony and Balkman left on the roster from that trade. They gave Chauncey away to acquire Tyson Chandler and, in essence, have left themselves without a true point guard to run the offense. At the time of the trade last year, you had to wonder what the logic behind the trade was. Felton was having the season of his life, and Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari were coming into their own as superstars in their own right. Timofey Mozgov was a good center and was starting to play like he was understanding the NBA game, despite being dunked on in a nasty manner by Blake Griffin, but that is another story in itself.

Amar'e Stoudemire is a great pick and roll power forward whose game depends heavily on a point guard who can run the pick and roll and run it well. He cannot play with out the ball and move to space in a normal offense and be productive. He is not going to wow you with the hustle stats, and he is not a physical defensive presence, unless he has to be.

In essence, Carmelo and Amar'e are the same player. Both are ball-stoppers and both have to shoot in volume to get their average numbers. Carmelo is a special player and can be the center piece of any team, but when he is on a team that demands a lot from him as the Knicks now do, he can be as poisonous to his own team as he can his opponents. His style of play will have the rest of the team watching as he is playing. It is not his fault altogether, though; it’s the system.

Take a look at the Lakers. What are they doing now? They are watching Kobe play, the rest of the guys are cleaning up when given the opportunity, and they are losing at a higher rate than ever before. The Knicks are pretty much doing the same. They play together for a quarter or two, and then they go Melo-crazy. When that happens, the rest of the team just watches. He scores and keeps them in it, until that one possession that they melt down.

I am not going to put the blame on one man here, though. The Knicks have more problems than just offensive problems. True, they have ball-stoppers in Melo, Shumpert, and STAT. True, they need a real point guard. However, their biggest problem is defense. If they stopped teams, they would have a pretty good chance of winning. They average over 92 points per game. That is more than enough. However, the opposing teams shoot at a high percentage, because they aren’t just jacking up a bunch of threes like the Knicks. The Knicks shoot threes like they are layups, and it costs them leads and momentum.

Maybe it’s time for them to make a change. Maybe it's time for a new coach or a new philosophy, because they have too much talent to be as mediocre as they are. Either way you look at it, the Carmelo trade was the catalyst for their success last year, but it may have led to the demise of the team’s future. We can’t judge who really won in the trade this early, but for now, it looks like Denver got the edge as they are winning at a higher clip.

Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!

17 Replies to “Did The Knicks Give Up Too Much For Carmelo Anthony?”

  1. Carmelo is a beast. He's one of the best scorers in the league but the Knicks sold their souls in this deal. Yes Carmelo is a top 10 player in the league but he is an isolation basketball player. Those types of guys usually have the rest of the team watching on offense and because of the fact that they are watching on offense, they usually don't play defense either. Melo can be great if he plays to his strengths but the rest of the team will suffer if thats the case.

  2. Carmelo might be one of the best scorers in the league, but he's not one of the top 10 players in the league. Even if you have him in that top 10, he's clearly a cut below the Wade/LeBron/Kobe/Durant/Howard (yes, Howard) class. The problem they have is not just Carmelo. Sure he's struggling to score, but they have no point guard play to speak of and Amare looks completely lost/slow out there. To me, he's just as big an issue, and doesn't seem to get nearly the level of blame.

  3. I remember posting a similar article on my blog right after the trade, and I do think that the Knicks damn near gave up the entire farm just to acquire Melo. I was hoping that they would at least either keep Felton or try to get Ty Lawson included in that trade, but this stuff confuses me at times.. so I just sit back and watch it unfold.

  4. This is why I was so against the Bulls trading for him last season. I got a lot of flack from other Bulls fans who wanted to see another star paired with Rose, but when the Nuggets were asking for Deng, Noah, Gibson and more you've got to think you're better off standing pat.

    1. Bulls were smart standing pat. They would have been in the same situation. They are better than people think and they are proving it winning a few game without Rose. Make no mistake about it though, life is easier with Rose. He is the glue.

  5. I always thought they should have rolled the dice & waited for Melo to become a free agent. That way they could have just signed him without giving up all that young talent and go from there. Of course, that would have been a risk because another suitor could have made a deal with Denver and talked Melo into an extension, but I still think it was worth the risk. Look at what the Nuggets are doing without him, thanks in large part to Gallinari, though Felton is gone & Chandler is still overseas. Definitely seemed and seems like the Knicks gave up too much for Melo - who is a bona fide stud offensively, but nothing special otherwise.

    1. I agree but chances are they were going to lose Chandler but its a lot better than what they gave up. Resigning Chandler would have put them too far over the cap. But imagine that team with Felton setting the table and Gallo on the wing.. Man it could have been special.

    1. Top 3? Really? You can't just throw that out there and then refuse to get into detail … but you can't get into detail because it's simply not true. Melo is all sorts of good, don't get me wrong, but right off the top of my head I can say definitively that LeBron, Kobe, Wade, Durant, Paul & Rose are better than him, by the simple notion that every single one of them does a lot more on the floor than Melo does. It's one thing to be a huge fan, hell I'm a pretty big Melo fan, but it's another to say absurd things just because you like a guy.

      1. The only two people that I can consider better then Carmelo Anthony are: Kobe & Lebron; thats it. The correct way of comparing some one is at the same position I find it disrespectful that people really have the odasity to say the a devolping player such as (Durant) not to mention that he have no post-game & a derrick rose to Carmelo. Give the guy a break. He led his team to the play-offs every year 8 years that he been in the NBA. (This year makes 9 but the play-offs are not here yet.) Led his former team (The Denver Nuggets) to, two Division titles since 1985; Exerienced the Finals once & actually did pretty well. Also, the summer of 2008, he led the U.S. Olympic Team to win the Gold Medal etc. Not to mention, offensively the is ranked seconed to the great Kobe Bryant & defensively, he average. Which makes him good enough esp when he put his mind to it. Theres so much more that I could say, but it would only take too much time writing. Later. Melo Nation!

  6. He will get it together though. Right now, I could agree with you a little. I just wish that he could play to his potential because he could be so much better then what he is.

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