|Carmelo Anthony, and fellow Knicks teammate Amar’e Stoudemire|
Now that we’ve all had some time to get over the Melo hangover, I’m going to try to break it down and see who got the better deal.
New York Knicks:
Carmelo Anthony: A bonified star in the NBA, who can put up 25 points on any given night. He is a guy who is not known as someone who cannot make guys around him better, but let’s face it, with Billups and Amar’e around him, it is hard to make those guys better than what they are now.
The question with Melo:
how will he do in the spotlight of Madison Square Garden?, in the past years a lot of good players have choked, and were out of New York before they can even find a home.
Chauncey Billups: On the tail end of his career, Mr. Big Shot can give the Knicks anywhere between 10-15 points and 5-8 assists on any night. When hearing about the trade Billups was shook up because Denver is where he played his high school ball (George Washington High), it is also where he played his college ball (Colorado), and it is also where Billups hoped that his NBA career would end. Billups is also a great free throw shooter (89% for his career), and a better than decent three point shooter (39% for his career), he is also a guy that can play some good defense.
Anthony Carter: Should not see much of the floor.
Renaldo Balkman & Shelden Williams: Two guys that have great hustle. Williams may see some playing time, as the Knicks are thin at the Centre and Power Forward positions.
Wilson Chandler: A solid player, who will see a lot of touches playing for the Nuggets in the second half of the season. His numbers for the year are good (16 points a game, 6 rebounds), with the increased touches he should get look for those numbers to go up, and he is a very good free throw shooter (80% for the season), which means that he should take the ball hard to the hoop, and get the opposing defender into foul trouble.
Question with Chandler:
how will he do without a star player around him?
Danillo Gallinari: Solid big man, who can step out and hit the three, but that being said, he is a very streaky shooter at best. There have been rumblings that “Gallo” may not stay with the Nuggets for long, as his name has been thrown around in trade talks, just a few days after being traded from the Knicks. Like Chandler, he is a great free throw shooter, who needs to get to the line a lot more.
Question with Gallinari:
Can he become more than just a streaky shooter?
Raymond Felton: He is probably the one player that the Knicks did not want to give up in this trade, after signing with the Knicks this past summer. Raymond is putting up career numbers in: minutes per game (38), free throw percentage(86), assists per game(9), steals per game(1.8) and points per game(17). With his arrival in Denver, look for Tywon Lawson to be demoted to the bench duties, once again.
Question with Felton:
how long will he last in Denver?
Timofey Mozgov: A big man who can come off the bench (in some instances can start a few), and give the Nuggets some good minutes. Just do not start him against the Clippers FYI.
All in all, I think that both teams have gotten better with the trade that went down. You can say that Denver did not acquire a “star player” for Carmelo, but they did get back some key pieces that can make them a very good team in the future. New York in return got back a top 5 scorer in the NBA today, who can go off for 40, if he feels like it.
Winner: New York Knicks
Carmelo’s stat predictions for tonight: 24 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists
Denver’s new starting 5:
New York’s new starting 5:
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.