Carmelo Anthony Trade: Ranking His New York Knicks Teammates
In order to acquire Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks had to trade away six players, including their second, third and fourth-leading scorers.
The trade didn't leave the Knicks with much coming off the bench, though with Carmelo Anthony in town, the Knicks still got better despite all of the losses.
Here is a ranking of Carmelo Anthony's teammates in New York.
13. Andy Rautins
The former Syracuse star has appeared in only four games this season.
Even with the latest trade, Rautins' playing time shouldn't change.
12. Roger Mason
Roger Mason has played in more games than Rautins, but is averaging fewer points per game.
He gets the nod over Rautins because he is a veteran and has been productive at times during his career.
11. Renaldo Balkman
Balkman played only five games for the Nuggets this season, though in those five games he was somewhat productive considering he was only playing about nine minutes a game.
In New York, Balkman will still not see much playing time.
10. Anthony Carter
Before the trade, Carter hadn't received much playing time in Denver as the team's third point guard. He has only played in 14 games this season, averaging 10.9 minutes per game.
Don't expect things to change in New York.
9. Bill Walker
Walker has been a frequent contributor off the bench for the Knicks.
His playing time may be cut a little bit now, though, as the Knicks have gained a couple more guards who could receive more playing time than Walker.
8. Shelden Williams
Williams started 32 games for the Nuggets this year. This will not happen in New York.
Williams has proven in Atlanta, Boston and Denver that he is not a productive player. Expect Williams to come off the bench in New York for 10-12 minutes per game and average four points per game.
7. Shawne Williams
Williams has contributed to the Knicks this season while making a couple of spot starts.
His minutes could slightly increase after the trade, and he may have to improve on his six points and three rebounds per game.
6. Ronny Turiaf
After the Anthony trade, Ronny Turiaf is now the starting center for the Knicks.
He has made 13 starts this season, yet is only averaging 3.4 rebounds a game. He will need to have a bigger presence down low and grab about seven boards a game.
5. Corey Brewer
A solid veteran, Brewer could one of the first players off the bench for the Knicks.
Starting in 22 games and appearing in all 56 for Minnesota, Brewer is averaging 8.6 points and 1.6 steals per game. He will need to average at least 10 points a game for the Knicks.
4. Toney Douglas
While playing in 53 games, Douglas has averaged about nine points per game.
He will continue to be the first player off the bench for the Knicks.
3. Landry Fields
Fields has started every game for the Knicks, but the rookie's role just got bigger.
Fields is only playing 32 minutes a game, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds. With the lack of depth coming off the bench, Fields could be playing 35-37 minutes a game now.
2. Chauncey Billups
Averaging 5.3 assists per game, Billups will need to average almost 10 per game now that he is a Knick.
Mr. Big Shot will need to play a similar style as Raymond Felton, who was able to score 17 a game while averaging nine assists.
If Billups can't get the ball to Anthony or Stoudemire, there could be unrest in New York.
1. Amar'e Stoudemire
Stoudemire is without a doubt Carmelo Anthony's best teammate in New York. An argument could be made that he is actually better than Anthony.
It will be interesting to see how well Stoudemire and Anthony play alongside each other, as this will be the key to the Knicks' success this year and for years to come.