Carmelo Anthony: Can The Denver Nugget Shift NBA Power Eastward?

Jason Clary@IamJClaryCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 25:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets protests after being called for his third foul against the Utah Jazz during  Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena on April 25, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As Carmelo Anthony stands undecided on his future with the Denver Nuggets, it is apparent that there is nothing like that summertime romance.

LeBron James found his in Miami, Amar'e Stoudemire found his in New York, and Carmelo Anthony is caught up in the matchmaking trying to find his.

For whatever reason, it has become a trend for high-caliber players to leave their legacy behind and join new teams.

Anthony still has time left under his current contract, and he has to decide whether to accept an extension, or face a release or trading scenario.


'Melo Over The Years

Anthony has been one of the most consistent players over the past seven years. Never failing to average under 20 points per game, Anthony has also amassed a career shooting average of .459 percent and a rebounding average of 6.2 for his career.

Besides his rookie season, the Nuggets have finished either first or second in the division standings, though they have never appeared in the NBA Finals.


Power Shift From West To East

If Anthony is traded to the East, the overall power shift of the NBA could turn 180 degrees from the West to the East,

In the final standings from last season, four teams in the East had a winning percentage of .610 or above.

In the West, the eighth seed in the playoffs had a .610 record. Overall, the West teams had a much better record than those in the East.

Player shifts like Amar'e Stoudemire from the Phoenix Suns to the New York Knicks are an example of this power shift. A good team lost a crucial piece to their system, while a struggling team from the East got a great player.

Even with the Heat getting James and Chris Bosh, and the Bulls getting Carlos Boozer, the East has a great set of teams at the top with Boston, Orlando, Miami, Chicago and Atlanta.

Carmelo Anthony would make a great addition in the east to teams like the Bulls, Nets, Knicks, Cavaliers and Magic.

An addition of Anthony to the Knicks, Nets or Cavaliers would make a case for another high caliber team in the East.

After Phoenix has taken a hit in losing Stoudemire, if the Nuggets lost Carmelo to a team in the East, it would be hard for the West to keep its consistency in playoff teams' records.


Final Thoughts

If Carmelo feels this way about the Denver Nuggets, it would be best for them to trade him now and receive compensation, rather than let him walk.

There are more suitors in the Eastern Conference that could be landing spots for Anthony.

If he does end up in the Eastern Conference, there could be a noticeable change in the overall record of each conference.

In the first decade of the 2000's, seven out of the 10 champions were from the West. Carmelo Anthony's departure from the West could make it a consistent battle between the two sides come time for the Finals.


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