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Well, It wont be as pretty as many hope.
and I have a feeling that Knicks fans will see a 2011 NBA season that resembles that of last season.
Sure, the Knicks were players in the offseason, acquiring Amar'e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Anthony Randolph, Timofey Mozgov, Kelenna Azubuike, Ronny Turiaf through trades and free agency.
But they also lost a big portion of last years team and last years team was nothing special.
David Lee was sent to Golden State for Randolph, Azubuike, and Turiaf and the team also lost Forward Al Harrington to the Denver Nuggets.
Between the two, Lee and Harrington, they lost 37.9 points and 17.3 rebounds of their team.
But their off-season pick ups completely recoup their losses.
But it may not be enough to make the playoffs.
Add Carmelo to that mix and you have yourselves a completely different team.
But that isn't even close to a given, considering the Nuggets still own the rights to the basketball star.
So what happens if Carmelo doesn't come to the Knicks?
Well, Knicks fans are going to be very unhappy with their lack of success. My guess is that Amare Stoudemire would take the brunt of that criticism and that would make for a situation that could turn really ugly, really fast.
Right now, the Knicks just don't have the assets to pull off a blockbuster deal and as of recently, the focus has veered off of New York as the best trade partner, or most likely trade partner in a Carmelo deal.
Really, the whole thing looks a lot less likely all together.
Houston and the Magic seem to be the most alluring trade partners, but I mean, would the Nuggets really be willing to trade to anther Western Conference team? I don't think so.
The other option (for the Denver Nuggets) would be to configure a trade with the Orlando Magic.
They have the pieces, they have the draft picks, and they are outside of the Western conference.
If a trade including Carmelo doesn't involve New York, the Knicks will have an awfully difficult time telling the fans why they missed out on LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony all in one offseason.
Amare is a good player, but he isn't a superstar.
He isn't going to create 20 wins by himself and I don't think that Felton, Randolph, and Azubuike are going to push them over the hump either.
As it stands, I see the Knicks either barely edging their way into the Playoffs or missing them entirely. The 8th seed playoff team in the east will need 40 wins at least, so the Knicks are going to need an 11 win improvement (at the very least).
That is plausible, but I wouldn't bet on it quite yet since New York has really addressed their needs very well this offseason.
They got a point guard that can run an uptempo system.
They signed a forward that can move well, play offense well, but isn't a great defender.
After that, what are the Knicks?
and that is something that fits D'antoni's system very well. But what is missing from this Knicks team that was present in the Run and gun Phoenix rosters, is the depth.
The Suns of old had veterans like Kurt Thomas that could come off the bench, big men like Boris Diaw that could do a little of everything, and even a defensive stopper like Raja Bell or even a young Shawn Marion.
You need to be able to play defense if you want to be successful.
Do you see any signs of defense on the 2011 New York Knicks? I don't.
You can always remedy not enough defense with an injection of superstar offensive talent.
If Carmelo Anthony doesn't get traded to the New York Knicks, a disappointing season is written on the wall.
How disappointing? Well I cannot be too sure. But Adding Carmelo Anthony would be good way to fix that.
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