NBA Rumors: Would Carmelo Anthony Put the New York Knicks Into Title Contention?
All of the free agent, trade talk is now surrounding Carmelo Anthony, the difference making forward, who is currently playing for the Denver Nuggets.
Carmelo is a difference making player and really knows how to get it done.
He has made it known that he wants to go to New York and play for the Knicks, and wants out of Denver.
We can only assume that after what happened with Bosh and James over the offseason, the Nuggets will try to get something for Anthony instead of letting him slip into the depths of free agency.
If Carmelo is sent to the Knicks, will he put them into contention for an NBA title?
Carmelo is a very dominant player and can really make a difference when he is playing well. Throughout the 2010-11 season, he is averaging 24 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
He can really take control of the game and dominate the guards trying to defend him.
He would bring size to the shooting forward position for the Knicks. The Knicks already have a 6'8" shooting forward, but Wilson Chandler to Carmelo Anthony would be a huge advantage for New York and the squad.
If the Knicks were to land Anthony, they would have a great duo of two of the best players in the NBA, which would really allow them to excel. Building a team around one great player is great, but building a team around two great players is even better.
Putting Carmelo and Amare Stoudemire together on one team would create a scoring machine that would just be, plain and simple, hard to guard.
Someone Else to Score
Stoudemire is basically carrying the Knicks right now averaging over 26 points per game. Without another main threat to score, it's easy to key on Stoudemire to prevent the Knicks from winning.
Adding Carmelo to this mix would force opponents to guard the perimeter and the post.
Further Excite the Fan-Base
The New York Knicks have one of the most loyal fanbases in the NBA. Even after a few tough years, they are still showing up to games, and getting another big name playing in the Garden would further this and allow the fans to really pack the arena.
I'm sure Spike Lee would show up at every game.
Carmelo would also lead to a better rebounding effort in each game by the Knicks. The Knicks' leading rebounder is Stoudemire right now, who is averaging just over nine rebounds a game. Adding a terrific rebounder like Melo would really help their chances at winning a championship.
The Answer: Yes
The Knicks getting Carmelo Anthony would greatly improve their chances of winning a championship and really put them in title contention in the future.
If they land Anthony, watch out, New York will be in the hunt once again.