The New Jersey Nets are coming off a 12-70 season and, according to their new owner, want to win a championship within the next five years.
If the Nets want to live up to their owners' word, they'll have to make big adjustments to their roster quickly, and there is no better way to do that than with the addition of one of the elite players in the NBA.
The New Jersey Nets were the worst team in the NBA last season, winning only 12 games and losing 70. They were so bad that they had to win three out of their last 10 games simply to get to the double-digit mark of wins.
Over this offseason, the Nets changed owners (Mikhail Prokhorov), coaches (Avery Johnson), and brought in some fresh faces on the court (most notably Derrick Favors out of the draft). However, none of those things will make a big enough difference for the Nets to become contenders.
The Nets need a superstar who can score like Melo to come in if they want to contend with the likes of the Heat, Magic, and Celtics.
If the NBA season started today, this is what the Nets would look like at the small forward position—there current starter is Travis Outlaw and he is backed up by (in order) Steven Graham, Quinton Ross, and Damion James.
Travis Outlaw is about the only guy on the list worth mentioning. He was a great role player for the Blazers, but a role player isn't what the Nets need. They grossly overpaid him this summer to lure him to New Jersey, and are currently stuck with him as their starter.
If the Nets were to trade for Carmelo, they would have an elite small forward starting and one of the best backups in the league.
The New Jersey Nets don't have a player who is capable of spreading out the floor. They don't have anyone who can create his own shot and score consistently.
Carmelo Anthony is one of the elite players in the NBA who can create his shot from anywhere on the floor. If the Nets were to add Anthony to the roster, he would not only score for himself, but also draw double teams and defensive attention. If Melo were to draw extra defensive attention, it would open up driving lanes for the likes of Devin Harris and Terrence Williams while also keeping Brook Lopez from being doubled in the post.
Every successful NBA team has a player who can create his own shot, and Carmelo Anthony is the ultimate one-on-one scorer.
In the 2009-10 season the leading scorer for the New Jersey Nets was very talented big man Brook Lopez. Lopez put up just over 18 points per game while Devin Harris chipped in with 17 of his own.
However, Carmelo Anthony would add greatly to the Nets' offense. Melo has averaged 24.7 points per game for his career and bested that by averaging over 28 a game last year. Anthony can shoot the three ball, post up, or beat his defender off of the dribble.
The Nets will definitely need a scorer to compete with Heat and other Eastern Conference powers. Carmelo is one of the top five pure scorers in the game.
According to 82games.com, Anthony was leading the league in percentage of game winning shots made as of February 2009. At the time, Carmelo was hitting 48 percent of his shots in true "game winning" situations.
The current Nets roster lacks any one guy who you want to have the ball at the end of the game (unless its at midcourt and then you have Devin Harris). Not having a guy to get the ball to in a close game situation for one last look at the basket can be the difference in a win and a loss.
The Nets with be in close games at some point throughout the year, and Carmelo is the best in the game at hitting a game winning shot.