New York Knicks: 5 Reasons the Carmelo Anthony Trade Was a Bad Idea

Chris CortesCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2011

New York Knicks: 5 Reasons the Carmelo Anthony Trade Was a Bad Idea

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    On Feb. 22, 2011, the Knicks ushered in a new era by acquiring Carmelo Anthony

    Many were hopeful they finally had the go-to player they had been waiting for since they traded Patrick Ewing. Carmelo was a player who could score anywhere on the court; he could post up, shoot from deep and take his man off the dribble. 

    Surely, the Knicks now had hope.

    Or was this just the illusion of success?

    Here are five reasons why the Carmelo Anthony trade may not have been the wisest decision.

5. He Doesn't Play Defense

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    Carmelo Anthony is easily one of the best scorers in the game. He can easily torch his opponent for 30 points any night. 

    However, he has never been known as a defensive stopper.

    This picture perfectly symbolizes his attitude on defense. It's great that he can score 30 points a game—just know that he'll give up about 30 points a game as well.

4. The New York Knicks Gave Up the House for Him

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    Coming into the 2010-2011 season, the Knicks had a lot of young talent on a team surrounding Amar'e Stoudemire. In the Carmelo Anthony trade the Knicks gave up Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Raymond Felton, all of whom were having career years. 

    Fast forward to the 2011 NBA Playoffs, and Carmelo has no one to kick the ball out to on double-teams. 

    Imagine if Gallinari were still playing for the Knicks and spotting up at the three-point line waiting for a Carmelo Anthony pass.

3. Denver Played Better Without Him

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    After the Carmelo trade, Denver management went as far as to apologize to the people of Denver for a one-sided trade and to the family of Chauncey Billups for sending him away from Denver.

    Which means the Nuggets must have been pleasantly surprised when they went 18-7 without Carmelo.

    George Karl was able to bring these young players together to the point where they gave Oklahoma City a very competitive series in the first round of the playoffs last year.

2. He Dominates the Basketball

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    With Mike D'Antoni still coaching the New York Knicks, they still employ a run-and-gun style of offense that requires the Knicks to push the ball and have solid ball movement. This was seen before the trade, as Raymond Felton would push and either find Amar'e Stoudemire for a dunk, find Gallinari or Chandler on the perimeter, or find Amar'e down low, who would kick the ball back out upon a double-team.

    Unfortunately, this is not the type of style Carmelo likes to play.

    Carmelo Anthony needs the ball on every possession. He would prefer to slow the pace down and work strictly on isolation plays. He's a good isolation player, but he can tend to freeze others out with his style of play and is not as good of a passer out of the double-team as Amar'e Stoudemire showed he was before the trade. 

    Most importantly....

1. He Is Not as Clutch as Advertised

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    This past year, it was claimed that Carmelo Anthony was statistically the best clutch scorer in basketball, more so than LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, etc.

    That stat can be very misleading.

    Kobe Bryant is a five-time NBA champion. He has played on the biggest stages and has led his team to the promised land. 

    Carmelo Anthony has been out of the first round once.

    While the numbers may say he is a better clutch scorer, Anthony has never been in a do-or-die situation like some of the other game's greats. 

Carmelo Still Has Some Growing to Do

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    Don't get me wrong.  Carmelo Anthony is a great player.  He is a dominant scorer and on most nights, he is nearly unguardable.  He just needs to play a little defense and focus on making his teammates better before we can talk about him being an MVP candidate or an all-time great.