Carmelo Anthony: Five Best Supporting Cast Possibilities
Carmelo Anthony has made it clear that his future no longer lies with the Denver Nuggets. With this now being an almost-certainty, pundits have been scrambling to predict Carmelo Anthony's final destination.
As fans, it is impossible to predict where Carmelo is willing to go or where the Nuggets are willing to trade him.
So, instead of speculating on where Anthony will end up, we will instead examine some of the ideal situations.
Following is a look at five of the best supporting cast possibilities if Carmelo is indeed traded. These are meant to be somewhere in the realm of possibility, so sorry in advance for no foursome in Miami.
Also, keep in mind that in order for Carmelo to end up on any of these teams, something will have to be given up in exchange, so the rosters may vary.
5. Golden State Warriors
This selection may come as a bit of surprise, but the Golden State Warriors would actually be an excellent fit for a play like Carmelo Anthony.
In fact, the only glaring weakness currently in the Warriors lineup is at small forward, so it seems like a perfect match on both ends.
The Warriors bolstered their roster this offseason with the additions of big men David Lee and Ekpe Udoh. Udoh, a rookie out of Baylor, is a renowned shot blocker and defensive presence, while David Lee provides a solid rebounding and scoring option down low.
Additionally, the Warriors have guards Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. Ellis provides an explosive perimeter scoring threat, who could take some pressure off of Carmelo offensively, and Curry is an up-and-coming point guard who can distribute the ball as well as consistently knock down open shots.
Best of all, the Warriors are a very young and quick team, so not only will they be able to push the ball up and down the court, they will also provide a stable roster for Carmelo for a long time.
The only question is, after the David Lee trade, who could they give up to acquire Anthony while still keeping the nucleus intact?
4. Portland Trailblazers
Like the Golden State Warriors, the Portland Trailblazers proved themselves to be an up-and-coming team last season. This is no surprise considering the roster they have built.
The Trailblazers would provide Carmelo Anthony an excellent supporting cast because of their blend of talent and experience.
Andre Miller is the prototypical veteran point guard. He is a great decision-maker offensively as well as an above average defender. He won't provide much of a scoring threat, but he wouldn't have to on a team with Carmelo Anthony.
As far as veteran presence goes, the Trailblazers also have big man Marcus Camby. Camby also isn't much of a scoring option but is a premier post defender and an excellent shot-blocker.
In order to take some pressure off of Carmelo offensively, Portland already has one of the league's better scoring tandems in guard Brandon Roy and big man LaMarcus Aldridge. Roy has proved himself to be one of the best shooters in the association, while Aldridge is quickly emerging as one of the league's best scorers in the post.
Not to mention, the Trailblazers are also a very deep team, so not only would they have a reliable bench, they would also have the pieces needed to acquire Carmelo Anthony without tearing apart the roster.
3. Chicago Bulls
This offseason, the Bulls worked to put together a roster that could help bring LeBron James a championship. Unfortunately, Lebron opted to instead go to Miami, but on the bright side, it would provide Carmelo Anthony with a great supporting cast.
The biggest draw about Chicago is point guard Derrick Rose. In just two years in the league, Rose has established himself as the franchise player in Chicago and appears poised to contend for the title of the NBA's best point guard.
Besides Rose, the Bulls also have some pretty good big men. Joakim Noah has quickly established himself as one of the best young defenders in the association, while Taj Gibson showed a ton of potential in his rookie year.
And we can't possibly forget the addition of Carlos Boozer. Boozer is one of the best all-around players in the NBA. He can defend, rebound, and put up points in bunches. He would ensure that teams couldn't solely key in on Carmelo, just as he did for LeBron James years ago.
The Bulls also have arguably the best perimeter shooter in the NBA in Kyle Korver, who could absolutely wreak havoc if left unattended due to the presence of Carmelo Anthony.
2. Dallas Mavericks
Over the years, Mark Cuban has consistently been able to put together one of the better rosters in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks. The only problem is they haven't yet found the player who could push them over the edge.
Carmelo Anthony could be that player.
If Carmelo were to go to Dallas, he would have a plethora of options around him. First and foremost, the Mavericks have point guard Jason Kidd. While Kidd is quickly getting up there in age, he still has the kind of court vision that made him one of the best point guards in the NBA years ago.
And if Carmelo is looking for a Robin to his Batman, he should look no further than Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki is not only one of the best scorers in the NBA, he is also one of the association's biggest mismatches. Not only would he take the pressure off of Carmelo, he would also have no qualms about playing second fiddle in Dallas.
The Mavericks also have a good defensive presence down low between veterans Brendan Haywood and Tyson Chandler. Additionally, the team is stacked with scoring guards, guys like Jason Terry, Caron Butler, and Rodrigue Beaubois.
Possibly the biggest draw about Dallas is their depth. They have plenty of pieces they could give up in exchange for Carmelo Anthony without compromising their roster.
1. Orlando Magic
Coming in at the top of Carmelo Anthony's best supporting cast possibilities is the Orlando Magic.
The Magic have already proved themselves as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and Carmelo Anthony is the type of player that could put them into the conversation with the Miami Heat.
Literally the biggest draw about the Magic's roster is center Dwight Howard. Howard has proved himself as the NBA's most athletic big man over the past few seasons but has been in need of another dominant player to relieve some of the pressure. Carmelo Anthony would provide that.
Dwight Howard alone seems to be a big enough supporting cast for Carmelo, but the Magic also have some other intriguing pieces.
Jameer Nelson has emerged as a reliable point guard who can put up points in bunches if needed. The Magic also have a couple of veteran scoring options in shooting guard Vince Carter and forward Rashard Lewis. In addition, the Magic retained guard J.J. Redick, one of the best young shooters in the association.
The Orlando Magic also have some good pieces to give up in order to acquire Carmelo Anthony without destroying the core of the roster.