Rarely do you see a professional basketball trade that has as much drama involved as a reality show or a broadway play. The Carmelo Anthony trade is one of those instances. Over the last four months, the Carmelo trade has gone through many twists and turns and captured a large audience in the mix. There are a couple of main characters involved in this overhyped deal that seems to resemble the typical broadway play. There’s the main protagonist, Carmelo Anthony who everyone tries their best to accommodate. There’s the main antagonist, The Denver Nuggets who want to get as much as they can out of Carmelo and prolong his departure at all costs. Then there is the desperate team that attempts to acquire Anthony and does so by working with the antagonist, who are the New Jersey Nets. Finally there is the team that the protagonist wants to go to but can’t due to several reasons which is the New York Knicks. Like most broadway plays, this deal will probably not have a happy ending and Melo will end up going to the Nets due to the upcoming projected lockout.
Now that we know what the projected outcome will most likely be, lets take a look at how it will impact the struggling Nets. The three main players involved in the deal are Carmelo Anthony of Denver, Chauncey Billups of Denver, and Richard Hamilton of Detroit. The Nets will be trading Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow, Ben Uzoh, Stephen Graham, and Quinton Ross as well as two first round draft picks to Denver for Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and Anthony Carter. The Nets will trade the expiring contract of Troy Murphy as well as Johan Petro to Detroit in exchange for Richard Hamilton. This will definately have a positive effect offensively on the Nets who are in desperate need of scorers and offensive talent. Carmelo Anthony scores the ball exceptionally well and his offensive skills are envied by many. Carmelo’s lowest season average of points per game in the past 5 seasons was 23.8 ppg in 08-09 and his lowest ever was 21 ppg in his rookie season. Melo’s true shooting percentage is at an impressive 53%. What worries me though is Anthony’s lack of defensive talent. His points allowed per 100 possessions is at a dismal 107 and his average wins contributed due to defense is only a shade over 1 which is not what you want to see from a superstar. Now lets take a look at how Chauncey Billups will impact the team both offensively and defensively. His age will impact his stamina and fitness level to a certain degree. Billups can still score the ball, averaging 16.3 ppg and has a true shooting percentage of 62% which is impressive. Billups also contributes 2.8 wins due to his offensive talent. The wins contributed stat for Billups and Anthony will change dramatically if they join the Nets. Now lets take a look at the most balanced player in the deal, Richard Hamilton. Hamiltons stats this season can’t relflect his level of play because he hasn’t played with much motivation and intensity due to his issues with Detroit. Richard’s a tough defender and has decent offensive talent and will help the Nets on both ends. Other players involved in the deal are only there to provide some sense of depth in the Nets bench which will be horrible if this deal takes place. The Nets get a lot older acquiring Billups, 35 and Hamilton, 32 but will get some much needed wins as well as new fans drawn in by Anthony.
This deal will also impact Denver significantly. Denver gains Devin Harris who is much younger and much more explosive than Billups, a sharpshooter in Anthony Morrow, and young talent in Derrick Favors as well as depth in their bench with Stephen Graham, Ben Uzoh, and Quinton Ross. Harris can score the ball about as well as Billups did as Harris averages 16 ppg and he passes the ball as well as Billups too at 7.0 apg. Harris’ statline is almost identical to Chauncey’s but Harris has the advantage over him in speed, stamina, and potential regarding his all star appearance two years ago. Harris is also more defensive minded and has quick hands which give him 1.1 steals a night. Anthony Morrow is the best three point shooter in NBA history percentage wise and is more than capable of knocking down a couple open jumpers. Denver has a couple players who can draw double teams and leave Morrow wide open. Favors is a work in progress but has the potential to be an all star power forward as shown by his high player efficiency of 14.03 in his rookie season as well as his outstanding atheleticism and size. Favors is also a great defensive player and can be sent in to guard big men. The Nuggets also get two first round draft picks making it really easy to rebuild once Melo departs.
Detroit won’t be effected much just cleared of some cap space with the expiring contract of Murphy.
This trade will be one for the ages involved tons of players and reshaping franchises. Perhaps it’s worth all the drama and attention that it’s getting.