The New York Knicks' success of late has hinged on the play of Carmelo Anthony, the 2012-13 scoring champion who averaged 28.7 points per game for the Atlantic Division champions.
Since arriving in New York, Anthony has been as good as advertised. He shot a career-high 37.9 percent from three this past season, but the Knicks' roster took a serious hit as a result of the 2011 deadline deal.
The Knicks lost Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton (who's since returned) and a 2014 first-round pick to the Denver Nuggets in the blockbuster.
Anthony has been as good as advertised, and it's a given that a player of his caliber was going to cost a fortune, but the Knicks essentially mortgaged their future on him and now find themselves in an awkward spot.
Iman Shumpert is the Knicks' only other young asset of any value, as general manager Glen Grunwald pieced together a contending roster with low-priced, aging vets.
Anthony made the Knicks relevant again in a national context, and for that alone the trade should be labeled a success. However, it's important to keep long-term perspective in mind when evaluating the deal.