Evaluating the Nuggets-Knicks 2011 Blockbuster

A Look Back at the Melo Trade: Who's Coming Out On Top?

5/3/12 in NBA   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Apr 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Yes you remember it.  It was the trade that seemingly solidified the East as the new power conference in the NBA, but in case you forgot some of the smaller details of the trade, here it is again in full:
 
New York Knicks receive:
 
Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman
 
Denver Nuggets receive:
 
Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and three draft picks: New York’s 2014 first rounder and second round picks from the Warriors in 2012 and 2013.
 
*As another part of the deal, the Knicks sent Eddy Curry’s massive (but expiring) contract and Anthony Randolph to the Timberwolves in exchange for Corey Brewer, who was bought out by the Knicks later in 2011 and is now, ironically enough, the backup small forward for the Nuggets.
 
And a couple more details:
 
- On the night of the 2011 NBA draft, the Nuggets traded away Raymond Felton for Andre Miller.
 
- Before the start of the 2012 season, the Knicks used the new amnesty clause to buy out Chauncey Billups.
 
The Nuggets finished 38-28 this season and the Knicks finished 36-30, but both teams are on the brink of elimination with 2-0 series deficits to the Lakers and Heat, respectively.
 
So now let’s break things down and really look at how this trade has morphed the two franchises both positively and negatively.  With both of their seasons all but over, which team is in the best shape going forward?
 
The Knicks
 
Positive:
 
The Knicks have one of the most offensively gifted players in the NBA locked up through 2014 with a player option for 2015.  Despite Amare’s recent feud with the fire extinguisher and his injury trouble this season, when on the court, the Knicks have one of the most dangerous duos in the league.
 
When you’re looking to build your team towards championships in the NBA, superstars are an absolute necessity.  The only championship team in the past 20 years (or maybe even longer) without a player undeniably better than Amare was the 2004 Pistons and that was a sort of anomaly where every player fit perfectly in the system.  With Carmelo, you can see that stepping stone towards the 2006 Heat or last year’s Mavericks.  Anthony has shown us he has the ability to take over games in the way Wade and Nowitzki can, but the question is whether he can do it when it matters most.
 
While not a direct result of the trade, the Knicks made two key offseason moves in making up for the depth they lost in the trade.  Signing Tyson Chandler through 2015 gives a great backbone to the team’s defense, while the drafting of Iman Shumpert gives the Knicks a great perimeter defender.  Then there was the midseason explosion from Jeremy Lin while the team’s stars were on the bench and we’ll see if he’s the long-term answer at point guard when he returns from injury next year.
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5/3/12   |   scquwi1   |   1225 respect

Dan_B wrote:
I agree with you entirely, and while I don't have it in writing here, I said the same thing at the time. Plus, I'd be lying if their wasn't a personal issue with 'Melo too. There was the the brawl at the Garden where he threw the sucker punch then ran away like a pansy. Also, I'm a Kansas basketball fan, so I've hated him since his Syracuse days beating the Jayhawks in the 2003 Final (plus I hate all things Syracuse). 

Yeah, he buster move with that punch and run to Collins, wonder what would have happen had Robinson or Jefferies would have gotten ahold of Melo. Now I am wondering what the Knicks will do to hopefully win next season.  

5/3/12   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

scquwi1 wrote:
People love the trade when it happen, and I said it on here and to any one else who brought it up, it was not a smart trade. Yes Melo can score, I will give him that, but there is not one player in the NBA past or present and I am sure there will not be one in the future that won the NBA championship. A team needs to be able to move the ball, so the other teams defense will make mistakes and get tired, more important you need to play defense. Having Tyson Chandler is not playing defense, there is other players on the floor which need to step up. Having a coach, GM and owners that also seem weak, meaning where they let the players walk around and complain not respect the name on the front of his jersey is also part of the problem. When you watch players like Magic, Bird, Isiah, Jordan play not only could they score they also played defense which turn into score, and toll the game over. It was not lets just shoot and see who can take the last shot. So to answer your question, Denver got the better of the deal because with Melo there or not the Nuggets still won the same amount with less talent. As for the Knicks they have far more talent and look like a second tier time which is really sad. Mark my words the Knicks will not make it to the Finals till they put to gether a team which can play hard nose defense and moves the ball better on offense. Jordan who may not be a great GM, said it after he won his 5th tiltel with the Bulls, by telling Phil Jackson put aside your differences with Roman and sign him. We cannot win a sixth tilte without him. Jordan understood how import defense was and role players are to a team winning the championship.

I agree with you entirely, and while I don't have it in writing here, I said the same thing at the time. Plus, I'd be lying if their wasn't a personal issue with 'Melo too. There was the the brawl at the Garden where he threw the sucker punch then ran away like a pansy. Also, I'm a Kansas basketball fan, so I've hated him since his Syracuse days beating the Jayhawks in the 2003 Final (plus I hate all things Syracuse). 

5/3/12   |   scquwi1   |   1225 respect

People love the trade when it happen, and I said it on here and to any one else who brought it up, it was not a smart trade. Yes Melo can score, I will give him that, but there is not one player in the NBA past or present and I am sure there will not be one in the future that won the NBA championship. A team needs to be able to move the ball, so the other teams defense will make mistakes and get tired, more important you need to play defense. Having Tyson Chandler is not playing defense, there is other players on the floor which need to step up. Having a coach, GM and owners that also seem weak, meaning where they let the players walk around and complain not respect the name on the front of his jersey is also part of the problem. When you watch players like Magic, Bird, Isiah, Jordan play not only could they score they also played defense which turn into score, and toll the game over. It was not lets just shoot and see who can take the last shot. So to answer your question, Denver got the better of the deal because with Melo there or not the Nuggets still won the same amount with less talent. As for the Knicks they have far more talent and look like a second tier time which is really sad. Mark my words the Knicks will not make it to the Finals till they put to gether a team which can play hard nose defense and moves the ball better on offense. Jordan who may not be a great GM, said it after he won his 5th tiltel with the Bulls, by telling Phil Jackson put aside your differences with Roman and sign him. We cannot win a sixth tilte without him. Jordan understood how import defense was and role players are to a team winning the championship.

5/3/12   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

As a huge Knicks fan, I can say, unequivocally, that the Carmelo trade is up there with any move Scott Layden or Isiah Thomas made in terms or horribleness.