Carmelo Anthony trade finally comes to an end

Harris Decker

It’s been really hard to judge the Carmelo Anthony trade for the past few years. There’s a unique combination of a lack of winning and draft picks vested so far in the future that, at the time, they seemed like they’d never be used. Tuesday night during the NBA’s draft lottery, we found out that the Orlando Magic would get that pick and it will be used in the No. 12 slot.

Knicks Anthony BasketballEntering the offseason, you could hear the pessimistic Knicks fan screaming from down the hall. You could see the lottery balls falling into line and the Knicks being royally screwed by that trade. Luckily that wasn’t the case.

Despite the deep draft class, the final piece to move in the Carmelo Anthony trade is the No. 12 pick and I’m not crying over it one bit. Sure, it would be great to have that pick back but instead we got a player that at the time was among the NBA’s elite scorers. In New York all he’s done is win a scoring title and lead the Knicks to their first Atlantic Division title in a decade.

Anthony has not done the one thing he was brought here to do. Win an NBA Championship. It’s a tough league to win in and I don’t think there’s a guy out there that will say Anthony hasn’t tried. Whether he leaves for Chicago, Los Angeles or Dallas in the coming months, I don’t look back at that trade with any regrets. It had to happen and if you asked me, I’d make the deal over and over.

The one thing that this reminds you of is the stupidity of James Dolan. It has been discussed at length how much Dolan and Isiah Thomas affected this trade. Donnie Walsh seemed to have things well at hand before the excitable owner got involved. Could Walsh have gotten Anthony for less? We will never know.

The Knicks will be spectators on draft day and while it sucks to not be picking 12th, possibly landing a guy like Gary Harris or James Young, at least this pick wasn’t a back breaker. Carmelo Anthony’s future with New York remains uncertain but the legacy of his trade here has now come to an end.




353 comments
Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

THIS is why i stay quiet around here... A lack of understanding of someone's post makes for a difficult time especially when someone is hell bent on being right...

Smh...

Sandro I feel your pain... I don't agree with some of your points but I do feel your pain... Smh

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

To those KD stats...funny how his numbers shot up once Westbrook got drafted...LOL..look at things objectively people...honestly I would take Durant on my team right now, only because of age..if Melo were 25, I would pick either or...Durant is slight more efficient, but Melo is the better rebounder..so it is what it is..both are great..but neither are light years ahead of each other.

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

THATSAGOODPOINT...

The player who gets MORE RBI is the player who has a TEAM that can get on base...

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

For the record...Head to Head matchups...(only because their was a comment that Durant would beat Carmelo and the knicks all the time, even without westbrook) KD is 2-11 vs Melo...odds and facts in Melos favor.


Don't go commenting about KD has gone farther in the playoffs..just putting it out there, that with KD and westbrook..2-11 vs Melo and the squads he's been on.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Let's hear no excuses for KD and Okc.

If durNt wants to be a mega star he's gotta put the team on his shoulders.

melo7
melo7

i think kd is great and he's young and has a great career ahead of him but damn how much help does one need? 


same thing with cp3


according to clowns on this site those two are SO much better then melo 


okay yeah you can harp on the fact we missed the playoffs this year but look at our coach and our  pg.. has nothing to do with melo you dumb fvcks (sandro)

rgm891
rgm891

The Lakers and Knicks are one step closer to having a bidding war with Dfish.  Hopefully this isnt Steve Kerr all over again.

CiceAsNice
CiceAsNice

@pezhao  Melo is the best offensive talent in the NBA, hands down!  Durant is the best offensive player because of his talent, freakish size and length, but when Melo goes ISO, no one can touch him!  One of the best to ever do it! Just watch him work when he gets the ball, pure science!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@akamarb LOL...Funny how his numbers shot up, once Westbrook got drafted...more open looks

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

What TF does that even say? Its all jumbled up

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@melo7  Look at the team surrounding Melo.

Look at the team Durant has at his disposal.

Look at the coach CP3 has at his disposal.


This of course, isn't taken into consideration when Melo's analyzed by TKB's experts.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@xmen_nyk  No. Not yet. lol He's probably sleeping.

towlie22
towlie22

@CiceAsNice @pezhao  Bird, Jordan, King, Durant, Isiah, just to name a few were all better. And that doesn't include the centers Jabbar who was unstoppable in the ISO, Malone, Chamberlain, Hakeem and the list goes on. Did you watch the games this year. Did you see Melo attempting Isos at the end of the Detroit game at the Garden, when you don't pass its much easier to guard you. Don't get me wrong do I think Melo is an elite player, but he hasn't shown himself to be an all timer.


MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@akamarb KD has played 6 years with Russ..lol..another superstar..creating easier shots and more open looks for KD.

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

If A Rod hits 40 hr that's 40 RBI RIGHT THERE...if he hits 40 with just one man on that's 80 RBI and so on and so forth...

Please just hush and get the liquor popping off again you make more sense when you're drunk

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

Assist #s onlymeans you have BETTER players around you that can HIT OPEN SHOTS... Come on man don't try that...

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

How many 'stars' are wearing Knick uniforms?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@illmatix Westbrook isn't the problem...if KD is afraid to take the bull by the horns and say "lets go" somebody has to do it...and that's westbrook right now...


That said, westbrook can take ill-advised shots..but so does KD...Kd shouldn't be running a point forward role, he should be coming off tons of screens with catch and shoot opportunities...westbrook then needs to find him more...it goes both ways.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Westbrook is a superstar as well. If Durant doesn't win a chip I t doesn't diminish his super stardom but he doesn't become a meg star.

Many of the greatest super stars in history never won chips...history may prove him to be an Elgin Baylor or Charles Barkley..

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@pezhao @melo7 Kevin Durant is 2-11 facing Carmelo..odds are..without westbrook on that team, and Melo with the 54 win knicks...Melo wins hands down..facts and odds in his favor.

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

You conveniently leave out IMPORTANT variables with BOTH players... But enjoy your warped sense of higher basketball and analytical IQ...

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

He is winning over YOU... Not the argument...

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

OK I'm going to blame myself for not explaining it to you correctly or where you can understand what I'm trying to say but know this...

I AM NOT DEVALUING assists OR RBI I KNOW they're VERY IMPORTANT to a win...

And the shhhhh was not to you BTW but if you want to be clumped in with akamarb take it as you want it...

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

OK let me try to explain it.... Because I am NOT devaluing assists...

I'm actually trying to defend Melo and his assist numbers compared to Durant... One guy has a team that hits shots where the other one doesn't...

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

What I said was... How can a player get an assist if the player he passes to can't score?

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

So you're agreeing with me...

Because that's EXACTLY what I'm saying... If Melo passes to JR Smith for an open jumper and he misses...

Why does Melo take the hit for low assist #s?

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

How can you get assists if the player you set up for the score.... DOESNT SCORE?

PLEASE ENLIGHTEN ME

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

Nice rebuttal... That proves me wrong... Thanks

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

Laughing but you KNOW I'm right... You're a pretty intelligent fella... Why would you use such a weak argument?

Dullah Dakidd
Dullah Dakidd

Lol... HALF of his assists were to Malone...

#shhhhhh

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Bat man takes the bull by the horns.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Why doesn't melo get that same pass for playing w Chandler

johneco
johneco

@kingofny Look, Melo is good, and is unfairly dissed here.  But Lebron is way better, he just is.  Yes, even this Knicks team would have made the playoffs with Lebron.  Dude, Lebron took Cleveland to the FINALS, and his teammates were:

Ilgauskas (in decline, 11pts, 7.7r, 45%)

Drew Gooden

Larry Hughes

Eric Snow

Boobie Gibson


Imagine that!  That team is way worse than what we had this year, every one of those players was horrible.


rgm891
rgm891

@xmen_nyk @rgm891  Absolutely man.  Hopefully Noah answers the phone when Melo calls on July 1st.