Carmelo Anthony is one of the best scorers in the NBA. He has the size to play down in the post and the shot to excel on the perimeter. Anthony is averaging 26.2 points per game this season, and has a career average of 25.1. Needless to say, he is the type of talent that rarely comes around. As a franchise, when you get this type of player, you keep him. By no means can the New York Knicks trade away Anthony.
In 2011, the Knicks were one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA. The team had been rebuilding for years, and all of the pieces had finally seemed to come together. Amar’e Stoudemire was flourishing as the center piece of Mike Dantoni‘s offense. Wilson Chandler and Danillo Gallinari were budding stars, and Raymond Felton was commanding the point, averaging 17.1 points and nine assists per game.
But then the Knicks made the trade for Anthony, they’d be giving up Chandler, Gallinari, Felton, Timofey Mozgov and a couple draft picks in the process.
Now that the Knicks are struggling to win with Anthony, the obsurd idea that he should be traded has been discussed. Anthony is too good of a player to simply trade away because the team is struggling. The Knicks’ front office needs to look at the players around Anthony to see why they are losing. The pieces around him just aren’t good enough. Tyson Chandler isn’t himself. Amar’e can’t handle the physical pounding of playing every night. Felton has been injured. And Iman Shumpert has struggled all season.
The problem isn’t Anthony, it’s the pieces around him. The Knicks’ offense is stagnant and the defense is lackluster. Anthony is doing all he can to help bring winning back to the Garden, but his supporting cast is simply mediocre. The Knicks cannot make the mistake of trading Anthony. It cannot possibly be justified. But then again, we are talking about James Dolan‘s Knicks here.