Carmelo Anthony Trade: Will Raymond Felton Hinder Ty Lawson's Development?

Gary SuggContributor IIFebruary 22, 2011

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 13:  Ty Lawson #3 of the Denver Nuggets looks on during a break in the action against the Miami Heat at the Pepsi Center on January 13, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Heat 130-102. 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 Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Now that the Denver Nuggets have lost Carmelo Anthony, what is the future of the remaining team in Denver?

How will the Nuggets manage the two PG's Ty Lawson and Raymond Felton?

According to Nuggets coach George Karl, Lawson is the starter.

This decision is understandable, seeing that Karl is trying to transition to this new team over a period of time instead of jumping into unfamiliar territory.

But let's face it—without Anthony, the Nuggets are desperate for a stand-out player; with both Lawson and Felton playing the best basketball of their career, why wouldn't Karl develop an offense that could showcase them both?

With eerily similar résumés, including leading their respective North Carolina Tar Heel teams to NCAA National Championships, there is no question that both Lawson and Felton are qualified for the starting spot.

The question is: Which one is ready to lead this team?

For now, Felton is the one with the most experience, leading both the Charlotte Bobcats and the New York Knicks for several years.

But who is to say Lawson has yet hit his stride?

Both PG's have different talents such as Felton's awareness and shooting ability, and Lawson's shear speed and ability to drive down the court; both of which can be effective simultaneously.

Look for an experimental offensive lineup to be worked on for the remainder of the 2010-11 season in Denver.

This is an entirely different team now and bringing in Felton to Denver may turn out to be the biggest positive outcome out of losing Anthony. 

Given that Felton will most likely want to be traded at the end of next season so that he can have a designated starting spot on a team that needs him, the impact he will have on Lawson will be career changes.

Once a Tar Heel, always a Tar Heel. There will be no bad blood between these two as they jockey for position.

Felton and Lawson will improve each other's games as they mesh together their skills and areas that need improvement.