New York Knicks Were the Winners of Carmelo Anthony Trade

By A.J. Speier
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

A year and a half ago the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets made a trade that would completely change the identity of both NBA teams.

The deal landed the Knicks Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman. The Nuggets acquired Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks’ 2014 first round pick and their 2012 and 2013 second round picks.

Since the trade was made, only Anthony, Gallinari, Chandler, Mozgov remain with their respective teams.

The Knicks went from a team that featured just one superstar in Amar’e Stoudemire to a team that attracted media attention everywhere they go. They’re also a team that is able to compete with the Miami Heat’s Big 3.

Anthony is everything the Knicks hoped he would be. He gives them the dominant scoring presence they lacked and is currently averaging 26.4 points per game.

Billups would’ve last as a Knick, but they needed to clear cap room to sign Tyson Chandler, so he became expendable.

The Nuggets became a team that relied more on scoring balance, since Gallinari is nowhere near the same caliber player that Anthony is. He’s their leading scorer with 15.2 points per game.

Chandler went overseas to China last year with the thought that the NBA would last the whole season, but has come back since to average 6.5 points off of the bench.

Mozgov was a 24-year old center with a lot of potential when he was traded, but has little impact in the 13.6 minutes he gets per game with an average of 3.5 points.

Felton lasted for just the rest of that season with the Nuggets before they decided to make a trade with the Portland Trailblazers acquire Andre Miller, a player better suited for their half-court offense.

The Knicks have reacquired Felton since and are off to an Eastern Conference-best 14-5 record. The Nuggets currently have a 10-10 record, good enough to earn them seventh place in the Western Conference.

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