With the NBA trade deadline fast approaching, the New York Knicks acquired disgruntled Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony. This move ensures that the Knickerbockers now have two of the NBA's most potent scorers in their possession in the aforementioned Anthony and power forward Amar'e Stoudemire.
Another NBA team involved in the Anthony trade discussions, the New Jersey Nets, acted quickly upon realization of Anthony's trade to New York. Wednesday moring, they made a trade for Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, arguably the best point guard in the Western Conference.
Although Williams is not as big a name as Anthony, Mikhail Prokhorov and New Jersey won the battle of the trades.
Carmelo Anthony is one of the best forwards in the NBA today, although he is predominantly one-dimensional—severely lacking on the defensive end of the floor. Anthony went to New York for, supposedly, the best opportunity to win a championship.
Unfortunately for him, it looks like he will have to wait a few years for that to happen.
The Knicks shipped out quality role players to get him. Players such as Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and a potentially good center in Timofey Mosgov.
It is well documented that a championship team needs a plethora of role players to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
However, John Paxson, Will Perdue, Byron Scott and Kurt Rambis were much needed pieces in order to round out their rosters and form championship teams.
The Knicks, in order to acquire Anthony, gave up much needed role players which will inhibit their ultimate goal: to win many championships in a short period of time. Because of this strategy, New York will most likely need to wait a few years in order for incoming rookies to develop to their full potential.
New Jersey, meanwhile, gave up underachieving rookie power forward Derrick Favors, a young, up-and-coming point guard in Devin Harris, and two future first round draft picks to get Deron Williams.
Harris, despite his rising status, is a downgrade when compared to Williams, who has the rare ability to make his teammates better with his uncanny scoring as well and passing talents—a trait much needed for the Nets.
The Nets also did not have to sacrifice as much of their roster to acquire Williams, a strategy that could benefit New Jersey in the long and short term.
As well as the aforementioned reasons, a good point guard is extremely hard to come by. There are only a handful throughout the NBA, despite their key roles as facilitators of an offense.
If I had the opportunity to choose the facilitator over the scorer, I—and I am almost certain most NBA general managers would—would do that without hesitation.
Overall, despite Carmelo being a premier scorer in the NBA, his style of play is too limited to shooting.
I believe the New Jersey Nets received the better of the blockbuster deals with the acquisition of a valuable elite point guard in Deron Williams.