Carmelo Anthony To The New Jersey Nets: Is He The Answer?

Alec RogersContributor ISeptember 24, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 30:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets stands on the court during their game against the Utah Jazz in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena on April 30, 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 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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I know, I know.

"The NFL just started, who cares about the New Jersey Nets, let alone the NBA?"

Completely understandable. It's not like the Nets put on a show, except the 0-18 show, and they only did record 12 wins throughout the 82-game schedule. Whether the country wants to admit it or not, Carmelo Anthony can impact any team he goes to.

With the Nets, it's probably a greater impact than any other team, and why is that? Brook Lopez and Devin Harris may be good players, but they're not going to be able to lead a struggling franchise to a successful one.

What has Carmelo Anthony done?

He's had a supporting cast in Chauncey Billups, J.R. Smith, the Birdman, and Kenyon Martin, but he has clearly been the outstanding Denver Nugget the past few years. And, they have been good. Last year, the Nuggets notched a 53-29 record.

Then, the trade rumors started.  Melo to the Knicks? Melo to the Nets?

It wasn't until a couple of days ago that the Nets became the leading candidate, and it wasn't until today that the trade was very likely to happen. Melo to the Nets would be a four-way deal, and the Nets would not have Devin Harris after it. The question at hand, assuming the deal goes through, is whether or not Carmelo Anthony is the answer for these struggling Nets.

Carmelo Anthony is undeniably and constantly demonstrates his status as a true NBA superstar. Let's take a quick look at a few of the NBA's best players.

Carmelo Anthony on the Nuggets. When Carmelo Anthony is good, which has been always, the Nuggets do well and don't fail to make the playoffs.

LeBron James for the Cavaliers (now Heat). He truly ran the show down in Cleveland, putting on acrobatic performances and making the Cavs a huge threat in the Eastern Conference.

Kobe Bryant—do I even need to elaborate?

This deal could go the other way, however. Carmelo could not find the chemistry in the Nets players as he did with his old squad back in Denver, and then the Nets are really in for it.

If he ends up not performing the way they need him to, it turns in to another disastrous season and a huge waste of cap money, let alone the loss of Devin Harris. And another question: Who will be starting at point guard in Harris' absence?

Is Carmelo Anthony the answer for the New Jersey Nets.

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