You ready for NY?
Now that Carmelo Anthony is finally out of Denver and in a Knickerbocker uniform, the world can finally voice their opinions on what is already being called "highway robbery."
Sure, Raymond Felton was a borderline All-Star candidate, Danilo Gallinari is a solid shooter and Wilson Chandler was finally coming into his own, but this is Carmelo Anthony. Players like him don't come along very often, and when they do, you can't allow a very raw Timofey Mozgov to stand in the way, and James Dolan didn't.
The Knicks dealt their second, third, and fourth-leading scorers to land one of the league's best. Fair trade? Not really, but that's not all the Knicks got.
The man they call Mr. Big Shot, Chauncey Billups, was also included. There isn't a game he hasn't played in, and there isn't a shot he hasn't made throughout his illustrious career. While Felton was playing excellent, it's safe to say his numbers are apart of the system he played in, while Billups has proven to put up numbers throughout his 13 years.
When the post season begins, Billups can lend some much needed direction on the floor, as he knows what it takes to win an NBA championship. His maturity and post season experience gives him two more things Felton didn't have.
The other guard the Knicks landed is Anthony Carter, not a scorer by any means, but he does give New York some much needed point guard depth, which will move Toney Douglas over to his more natural position at shooting guard.
How far Will NY get this season?
So New York Knicks fans stand up and cheer. The Knicks have added two all star athletes along with Corey Brewer, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.
Brewer may be the most least talked about, yet most interesting addition this team has gained. Brewer is a young and athletic big man, with perhaps not as much upside as Anthony Randolph, but Randolph wasn't contributing in anyway. Brewer is shooting 40% for his career and will give Mike D'antoni options once Kelenna Azubuike returns to the lineup.
Although all these players are very good additions, Sheldon Williams brings the one thing to the table that all the others combined can't: his wife Candace Parker court side.
However, there is a definite drawback; is Donnie Walsh okay with this?
The one thing not certain as of this moment is how does Donnie Walsh feel about losing half the team that helped spark this resurgence?
If Walsh did not approve of this trade, does he stick around after his contract expires at the end of the season? Can or will the Knicks retain him, or was this the final straw?
Whether he stays or goes, one thing is certain: The Knicks have become more appealing, and much more likely of a destination for free agents to be Chris Paul, Derron Williams and Dwight Howard.