Deron Williams vs. Carmelo Anthony: Who Would You Rather Have?
Carmelo Anthony will have a New York address in a matter of hours now, and the dominoes have already started to fall.
The beginning of the aftermath occurred the morning of Feb. 23, when Deron Williams was sent to New Jersey in exchange for guard Devin Harris, forward Derrick Favors, two first-round draft picks and a briefcase full of cash.
The move that New Jersey refuses to call "Plan B" guts a good share of their current roster for a proven top five (or three in some circles) point guard in the NBA.
This move will not be the last before the trade deadline, but it could be the trade with the most impact on the NBA itself.
Once again, more power is shifting to the Eastern Conference, and it's not limited to Deron Williams. Now that Deron has moved East to the Nets, if he chose to stay there, he would undoubtedly attract another top NBA name to join him in the team's future home, Brooklyn.
That player/ those players are not sure to come from the West, but there is always a chance that this trade sets off even more dominoes that snatches star power away from the Western Conference.
I'm not here to tell you if this was the acquisition that the Nets needed. I'm also not here to say if Carmelo made the right choice in going to the Knicks. I'm here today to ask and to answer a very important question.
Who would you rather have if you're the Nets?
I went through everything these players can bring to the table, and have come up with a winner as to whom the Nets would rather have in the long run. As always, feel free to comment and discuss these categories and even come up with some of your own in the comments section below.
(Please remember that constructive comments will be answered, not biased ranting)
Anthony: 24.8 ppg
When it comes to scoring the basketball, only a handful of players in the association can do it better that Carmelo Anthony.
He possesses a large arsenal of attacks on the offensive end, and his ability to get to the line and make his free throws makes him all but un-guardable in most situations.
He's got the post-up, the fade-away, the jab-step, the plow-the-lane drive and on some nights the three ball. He also has the ability to explode for massive point totals, and is capable of carrying a team on his back scoring wise.
Don't let Williams' career average fool you, however, because this guard sure can score. His averages will never be among the top of the league, but it's only because of his inner drive to make the teammates around him better with his supreme distribution abilities.
Deron Williams does, however, possess an amazing ability to drive to the rack. His great size allows him to muscle his way into the lane with ease, and create either an amazing lay-up or a potential kick-out assist.
Deron also has a deadly mid-range jumper, and can knock down the three ball if he really gets sizzling. Williams also makes his free throws at a great clip like Anthony, so you can be sure that he will get his in terms of scoring.
In my opinion, the result is clear here. Carmelo Anthony is the better scorer. He puts up bigger season averages, has a silkier jump shot and has the ability to explode on any given night.
Anthony: 3.1 assists
Williams: 9.1 assists
Deron Williams is the name folks, and distribution is his game. Now slated as one of the top five point guards in the NBA, Williams is a master of setting up those around him with gift-wrapped baskets.
Since coming into the league, he has averaged over nine dimes per game, and it appears that he has not even reached his fabulous potential yet.
What allows him to complete such amazing passes is a mixture between his unselfish game play and his superior court vision. It's as if he knows where his teammates are before they even get there, and that's a pretty hard factor to prepare for if you're the opposition.
Anthony, on the other hand, is not meant to be a distributor. Most assists the forward is credited for happen on broken plays, or completely on accident.
You also have to be honest with yourself, and see that Melo's game is a bit of a selfish one. Not to say that's in any way his fault. He is meant to be the guy putting up points.
The point is that he goes into each game with a different mindset than Williams, and they both seem to do well in dominating their own mindsets.
This category is another no-brainer for any NBA fan, with Williams taking the honors. This is a category where Anthony will never be able to compete at, but then again, no one is asking him to either.
Rebounding is something that every forward should be able to do well, and Carmelo Anthony does not disappoint.
As great as he can score the ball, he can also take it off the glass well. While not many of his boards come at the offensive end, that's a job usually left for the four and five spots.
The fact here is that his six-plus rebounds per game make him a combo player. No matter how good you are at scoring, no one likes a one-dimensional player.
This is where I feel bad for Williams, as he is one of the best rebounding guards in the game today. While his career numbers may not suggest it, Deron's size gives him the ability to pull down boards like most small forwards do.
This leads to easy put-backs, more possessions and ultimately more points. The difference comes down to what position these two play, and the size difference that Anthony has.
This category goes to Anthony, who has an obvious advantage in this category. Williams is a great rebounder among guards, but he can't compete with the big boys here.
Anthony: 1.1 spg
Williams: 1.1 spg
Anyone who watches Carmelo Anthony play knows that he plays very little defense to speak of. While his steal numbers are dead even with Williams, steals do not fully encapsulate what defense is.
A lot of times if someone gets a large number of steals per game, it could mean they are playing very little actual defense.
This is especially the case for Carmelo. He expends so much energy on the offensive end of things that he rarely decides to use what he has left to properly defend the opposition.
Williams, on the other hand, is a terrific defender. More important than his steals is his size/speed combination while defending opposing guards. He makes it nearly impossible for a guard to post up on him, and his blistering speed allows him to stay in front of just about anyone.
The biggest thing D-Will brings to the table, however, is his desire to defend. He considers it a must, and the result is quite a thing to witness.
Williams takes this category with his size, speed and desire to play defense. Carmelo has never taken defense seriously, and the result is an amazing offensive player.
Both of these fine players are NBA superstars. They both command the highest of salaries, put millions of butts in the seats every year and play at the top tier of their respective positions.
They both also have great name value, and could attract almost anyone to come play with them in hopes of forming a dynasty squad.
The bottom line is that they are both stars for different reasons. Carmelo has the uncanny scoring ability, and Deron Williams has the dynamic distribution skills. Whichever way I look at it, this round is a push.
NBA averages do not apply here.
Carmelo Anthony is a great player for any NBA team to build around. He has the star power, the dominant scoring ability and can rebound very well.
If you set Anthony up with the right big man/point guard combination, you have a possible dynasty. He's still very young at age 26, and has many more years left in his prime.
Deron Williams is also an amazing player to build a team around. He is a selfless distributor who can also score very well, and is fine with whichever of those the defense gives him. He is a great defender, and is super-human in his ability to make those around him better players.
With the right scorer and big man in place, you also have yourself another dynasty. Williams is also 26 years of age this season, and has copious years left in his prime. His size and build will also assure that he stays healthier than most guards will late into their careers.
This category was a hard one to choose, but in the end I had to go with the player who will always make those around him better.
Deron Williams is the choice for me in the end because he gives you not only a superstar, but one who will lead by example. Carmelo is more of the lone-wolf type, and would not end up meshing as well as Deron would with the hundreds of combos that could be put in place.
So there you have it, I would choose to build around Deron Williams. Let the hate comments commence.
Games missed since the start of their careers:
Neither superstar has had a very injury-plagued past, but as the numbers show, Williams has missed fewer than half the games that Anthony has. Add this to how durable Williams is at his position due to his size, and I believe he is the more durable player in the long run.
This is no knock against Anthony however, as he has also proven to be a pretty reliable player come game time.
The bottom line is the numbers favor Williams: Even though Anthony has played two more years in the league, Williams misses fewer games per season on average. Only time will tell who ends up being the iron man of the two, but my money is on Williams.
The Clutch Factor
82 Games.com stats
This is based on a player's production in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime, with no team down by more than five points.
Carmelo is obviously the superior crunch-time player this year at No. 6 on the list, while Williams is found further down at No. 27.
Both players have hit buzzer beaters in their careers, but Anthony is far and away better in the last five minutes. He retains grace under pressure, and it allows him to score with ease when his team needs it the most.
Williams is no slouch when it comes to the crunch time, but my instincts and some pretty convincing stats make me go with Anthony here.
After all the breakdowns, Deron Williams emerges victorious by the slightest of margins. Both superstars bring an enormous amount to the table, but Williams edges Anthony out by having a slightly more complete package.
I firmly believe that both superstars are phenomenal players to start a franchise with, or ignite a pre-existing one.
Deron Williams in the end strikes me as the best option not only because he has the edge in my numbers, but also because having a great point guard is fundamental in building a successful NBA franchise.
Did the Knicks end up nabbing the wrong star?
Not in my opinion, because they already have a great guard and got a new great one after the trade was done.
What I'm trying to say is that the Nets may have unknowingly gotten the better superstar for them by accident.
Thanks again for the read, everyone; be sure to let me know what you think about these trades!