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Carmelo State of Mind


Why the Knicks Absolutely SHOULD Trade for Carmelo Anthony
By Jared Dubin
Follow me on Twitter: @JADubin5

Ever since the Knicks missed out on LeBron James last summer and decided to build their team around Amar’e Stoudemire and the available cap space they would have in 2011 and 2012, it’s been assumed that Carmelo Anthony would be their number one target. And it’s also been assumed that MSG is Carmelo’s number one preferred destination. This week, however, there have been multiple articles printed on why the Knicks should not go after Carmelo, with some actually going as far as to say that the Knicks would be worse if they acquired him. I do not understand this one bit.
          
Yes. Wilson Chandler is a good, improving basketball player. Same for Danilo Gallinari. And Landry Fields may be the biggest surprise of the season. They are all nice players who have a chance to be solid contributors in this league for a long time. But none of them is the proven superstar and scorer that Carmelo is, and likely none of them ever will be. While Chandler, Gallinari and Fields have all shown flashes of greatness; Carmelo’s greatness is consistent.

People point to Wilson Chandler’s recent 31 point explosion as a sign of his continued improvement and say “Why trade for ‘Melo when you have Wilson for less money?” Well, because Carmelo does that EVERY NIGHT. Carmelo is a top-5 scorer pretty much year in and year out. He’s a proven clutch shot-maker in the 4th quarter. He has brought his own team to the Western Conference Finals.
            
Acquiring Carmelo would make the Knicks so much tougher to defend than they already are. The center piece of Mike D’Antoni’s offense, the pick-and-roll, would become even more deadly. Felton-Amar’e pick-and-rolls with Carmelo as a weak side option on the dish. Felton-Carmelo pick and rolls with Amar’e at the free throw line extended for a jumper. Carmelo-Amar’e pick-and-rolls would be an automatic bucket just about every time.

It’s said that Carmelo wouldn’t fit in D’Antoni’s offense because he doesn’t shoot the 3 well enough and he isn’t efficient enough. Neither was Wilson Chandler before D’Antoni got a hold of him and developed his skills. Now Chandler shoots around 38% from three-point range. And with Amar’e and Felton spacing the floor for him, ‘Melo would have much more room to operate.

If you still don’t think acquiring Carmelo is the right move, let me put it this way: if before the season I told you that the Knicks could acquire Carmelo for Eddy Curry’s expiring contract, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and the 39th pick of the draft, you would have taken that deal in a second, right? I would. Sign me up for that real quick. But now after 3 months of improved play by Chandler, a so-so season from Gallinari, and better-than-expected play from Fields, this is too much? I just don’t see the logic behind it. I like Chandler, Gallo and Fields as much as any other Knicks fan, and I'd be terribly sad to see each of them go. But I'm pretty sure I'd get over it the first time I saw Carmelo in the orange and blue as the Garden. 

Get Carmelo, worry about how the rest of the team will fill out later. In the new NBA, gathering up superstars is the only way to compete for a championship. Boston has Garnett, Pierce, Allen and Rondo. Miami has LeBron, Wade and Bosh. The Lakers have Kobe, Pau, Bynum, and Odom. Oklahoma City has Durant and Westbrook. And on and on it goes. Right now, the Knicks are on their way to becoming a contender. With Carmelo in the fold, they’re right there with the best of them. Make the move, Donnie Walsh. Make the move.

4 comments:

  1. I agree we should get Carmelo, he makes everyone better. He can take a team with slightly above average talent to the conference finals. You don't win in this league without a top 5 or 6 talent and we don't have that anyway you want to slice it.

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  2. I don't know if I agree with your line of reasoning (that Carmelo makes people better) but you agree with my overall point so I'll take it. Carmelo is neither a good passer or a good defender, he doesn't really make his teammates better, but he is a top 5 individual talent in the league and scores about as easily as anyone in the NBA.

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  3. This is the bottom line to me... who on the team outside of Amare is as skilled as Melo. Nobody. Now instead of 1 highly skilled player in the starting line up you have 2. They dont play the same position so it is going to be an upgrade no matter what. there is no reason for the knicks not to do this.

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  4. NYTC...

    Definitely agree. Anyone who has been watching the last few games especially can see how the Knicks need someone to take that pressure off of Amar'e. Felton is regressing since his hot start (shooting just 39.6% from the field and 32.7% from 3 since Dec. 1st), and adding another scorer like Melo takes pressure off him as well.

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