This might sound crazy, but Carmelo Anthony should seriously consider going to the Atlanta Hawks this offseason. The New York Knicks aren’t going anywhere any time soon even with Phil Jackson running the show. The old regime messed up so badly, it’s going to be a long road before the Knicks become relevant again. This means Anthony has to look for a team that’s ready to compete now because he’s not getting any younger.
He’s in the prime of his NBA career at the moment, which means he needs to find a contender as soon as possible. So why not Atlanta? I know the team barely made the NBA Playoffs, but just look at the roster GM Danny Ferry has assembled. An emerging star in Jeff Teague at point guard, to go along with NBA All-Star’s Paul Millsap and Al Horford down low, makes the Hawks an interesting place for the superstar to consider. I didn’t even mention the fact that the league’s best three-point shooter Kyle Korver also plays in Atlanta.
Put Anthony into this starting lineup and the Hawks would instantly become a legitimate force to be reckoned with. This is especially true under coach Mike Budenholzer‘s system. The sharpshooting forward fits perfectly into his scheme of spacing out the floor because Anthony can hit from anywhere. Also, if there’s one thing Atlanta needs more than anything in order to get over the edge and compete for championships, it’s a star like Melo.
Anthony averaged an outstanding 27.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a small forward last season with the Knicks. Now, I know he will take a slight dip in production considering the talent that surrounds him in Atlanta, but he would still be the go-to guy the Hawks need badly to close out opponents late in games. They struggled to finish off the Indiana Pacers in the first round despite having multiple leads in certain games, and it cost them the series. With Anthony, Atlanta can forget about ever exiting in the first round again.
It might not be the flashy destination for the superstar, but why not choose the Hawks? There are not many teams out there right now who possess both the cap space and roster that they do. The Chicago Bulls are certainly a good landing spot as well, but does Anthony want to build his own legacy or live in the shadow of someone else? Plus, the Bulls have a lot of unknowns right now, too. Derrick Rose still hasn’t shown that he’s ready to go next year, and coach Tom Thibodeau might be leaving as well. Make the right choice Anthony, and come on down to Atlanta.