Everyone always forgets about the role that the Minnesota Timberwolves played in the Carmelo Anthony trade. In order for the trade to go through, the New York Knicks had to get rid of Eddy Curry’s expiring contract, and the Minnesota Timberwolves were the only team that was willing to take him.
The New York Knicks received Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph. While this part of the trade was overlooked and basically forgotten about, the Wolves may have landed themselves a player that could wind up to be the best in the entire trade.
Anthony Randolph was drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the 14th overall pick in the 2008 draft and was sent to the Knicks in the David Lee trade. Randolph was never popular with either of his former coaches, Don Nelson and Mike D’Antoni, and actually found himself relegated to the bench with the Knicks.
Everyone always said that Randolph had unlimited potential and compared him to Chris Bosh on several occasions. Donnie Walsh seemed to be big on Randolph’s potential, but D’Antoni didn’t think that he was good enough to earn some playing time in his brief stint with the Knicks.
While Randolph is averaging just 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game on the season, his numbers with Minnesota have been boosted a bit. With the Timberwolves he is averaging 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17 minutes per game.
Kevin Love just strained his groin and may miss the rest of the season. Since a groin injury is generally one that lingers, the Timberwolves are playing in meaningless games nowadays and may just shut him down for the year.
Last night, on the road against the Dallas Mavericks, Anthony Randolph started in place of the injured Kevin Love and had a huge game. He had 31 points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes of playing time. Randolph shot 14-20 and showed everyone just how great he can be on any given night.
Finally some of the potential has begun to show in Randolph’s play as of late, giving the Timberwolves fans something to be excited about for the future.
Is it possible that Anthony Randolph winds up being the best player out of the Carmelo Anthony trade? Although I was never a big fan or believer of his, I do think that anything is possible. If I had to take a peek into the future and say who would be the best player from this deal, my answer may surprise you.
The best player from this trade will be Danilo Gallinari. Gallinari, only 22 years old, is already in his third season in the NBA and has gotten tangible results so far. He has displayed all of his talents and will finally begin to bloom into a superstar under George Karl. I truly feel that Gallinari’s game was hindered by Mike D’Antoni and that he will now become a much better overall player with the Denver Nuggets.
There is no doubt that Gallinari can get to the free throw line, drain three pointers, and score in bunches – but he has now displayed excellent passing skills, energized defense, and a greater interest in rebounding.
Many people will question the fact that I did not choose Carmelo Anthony as the best player in the deal. Well, I have done this for several reasons. Anthony is more of a pure scorer, someone who will do little else besides fill up the point category. His one-dimensional game will be unsuccessful in Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system, as it has already been proven to be. To experience success in New York, Anthony will have to change his game and I question both his effort and ability to do this.
There is no doubt that Anthony is a great player and the Knicks have done the right thing in acquiring him. Anthony and Stoudemire playing alongside one another greatly brightens the Knicks’ future and the trade had to be done. I still feel like when all is said and done, however, Gallinari will be a better overall player. Anthony Randolph could blossom into a star as well, since he is only 21 years old and may finally start to play effectively.
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