Danillo Gallinari

Behind the Scenes look on Carmelo and The Knicks

With the Knicks acquiring Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman, and Anthony Carter they give up key players such as Raymond Felton, Danillo Gallinari, and Wilson Chandler.

In a sense, this trade was beneficial to both teams. Although it may seem like the Knicks lost a little too much to get Anthony, it is important to reiterate the fact that Billups is still an exceptional player and that the purpose of the trade was to rebuild.

More often than not when one team acquires a superstar there is bound to be success. Carmelo will definitely take the Knicks to the next level. Carmelo Anthony has a per of 21.28 and is an extremely prolific scorer averaging 25.2 points per game. On the offensive side the Knicks should be great. They have arguably the two best forwards in the league as well as Billups. Although the Knicks have two superstars, there are going to be a lot of kinks to work out. It is going to take time for the overall team chemistry to build as does for any trade. Not only that, the Knicks normal fast pace game is going to be slowed down dramatically with Anthony looking to play one on one whenever he can. Also, because the Knicks gave up some valuable assets in the trade, most games are going to come down to whether Stoudemire and Anthony played well. Excluding Billups, I can’t think of another descent scoring option, unlike when the Knicks had Felton, Gallinari, and Chandler who could all score on any given night.

Though this trade may have its downs, the Knicks are still benefitting from the trade nonetheless. For one, the Knicks brought in much experience by acquiring the veteran Billups and superstar Carmelo Anthony. Offensively speaking the Knicks have nothing to worry about. Stoudemire can overpower opponents on the post and Carmelo can play out on the wing or work his way inside. Also, Chauncey will complement these two scores extremely well. Billups with his precise three point and ability to penetrate and dish will really open up the floor for Stoudemire and Anthony. With these weapons on the offense, the Knicks will really be able to pack a punch and could start climbing up on the playoff ladder.

It is important to know, that this trade was merely the second stage of rebuilding for the Knicks. This current lineup is not the full championship piece. The Knicks still lack a dominant center and are weak on the defensive end. The Knicks are still developing but should definitely be able to make a noise in the playoffs this year.