Carmelo Anthony: Why He Could Bring Title To the L.A. Clippers

RM Herold@@BR_RollinFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2010

NBA Rumors: Why Carmelo Anthony Could Bring Title to the L.A. Clippers

0 of 10

    DENVER, CO - APRIL 17 : Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets celebrates after sinking a shot against the Utah Jazz during the second half of Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 17, 20
    Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

    Carmelo Anthony might get traded to the L.A. Clippers if talks break down on him resigning with the Denver Nuggets.

    And if that happens, Los Angeles could finally become a two horse town.

    According to reports in the Denver Post and ESPN.com, one of the solutions that could be mutually beneficial to both the team and Anthony, if he moved on, would be to trade him to the Clippers.

    The Post's Chris Dempsey went on to say: "The Nuggets might be able to get a good young player or two or draft picks, and Anthony would be able to play on a team with some good up-and-coming talent."

    So let's take a look at this possibility and what it could mean to the league.

10. A Second Headliner in Los Angeles

1 of 10

    PHOENIX - APRIL 13:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets shoots a free throw shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on April 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Nuggets 123-101.  NOTE TO USER: User exp
    Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Carmelo is one of the five best players in the league right now. He was third in the league in scoring, and most people think even his defense is improving.

    What is as important to a Clippers team that has never had one, he is an NBA superstar in his prime.

    Anthony to the Clippers would almost be as big a move as the big three going to Miami.

    Almost.

9. A Good Fit For The Family

2 of 10

    Another part of the Denver Post story as to why L.A. could be a place to trade Carmelo mentioned his lovely wife, LaLa.

    Dempsey said: "It would get both he and his wife, LaLa, out to where entertainment opportunities are plentiful, which is a key factor in their decision to want to move on."

    Keeping his wife happy could definitely be a factor (It was when Hedo Turkoglu went to Toronto initially).

    And a happy superstar is a productive superstar.

8. Enough Talent For Both Sides

3 of 10

    SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 25:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets dribbles the ball against the Utah Jazz during  Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena on April 25, 2010 in Salt Lake City,
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    One of the reasons LeBron moving on to Miami stung Cleveland so hard was because the Cavs fans felt they lost a superstar and got nothing in return.

    Yes, technically they got two future first and second round picks, but the fans wanted something tangible they could see this upcoming season.

    Denver wouldn't have that bad taste in their mouth if they sent Carmelo to L.A.

    According to the website, realgm.com, the Clippers have between four and six first and second round draft picks over the next two years that they can deal.

    Not to mention a slew young players on the roster with potential.

7. Vinny Del Negro

4 of 10

    CHICAGO - APRIL 22: Head coach Vinny Del Negro of the Chicago Bulls gives instructions to his team against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 22, 2010 in
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Some people might say this isn't a good reason to think that the Clippers have a shot with Carmelo, but Del Negro coached the Bulls for two seasons and made the playoffs with them both years.

    Maybe Carmelo needs to hear a new voice in the huddle.

    Is Erik Spoelstra a better coach than Del Negro?

    Who knows, and yet he has a team people think can win a title.

6. Baron Davis

5 of 10

    LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 18:  Baron Davis #1 of the Los Angeles Clippers controls the ball against the New Jersey Nets on January 18, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 106-95.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and a
    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    When healthy and fully motivated, we have seen what Baron Davis can do in the league (check his Golden State Warriors' teams).

    But unfortunately some might say he has been neither for the Clippers.

    But how would he play if he thought he had a shot at winning something with Anthony on board?

5. A Team With More Upside

6 of 10

    SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 27:  Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives for a shot attempt against John FLowers #41 and Da'Sean Butler #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers during the east regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at t
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Even if the Clippers were to trade some of those draft picks, they still have three talented players from this year's draft that they haven't even had a chance to evaluate yet.

    Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Bledsoe (pictured), and Willie Warren were all lauded as great picks for the Clippers. What if they all pan out?

    Wouldn't that be even more reason to believe that the future is brighter for the other L.A. team?

4. Blake Griffin

7 of 10

    NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  NBA Commissioner David Stern poses for a photograph with the first overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Clippers,  Blake Griffin during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. N
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    If he is healthy and fulfills his promise by the end of this year, we could be saying Griffin is the best frontcourt player that Anthony has ever played with.

    In two years, we could be saying he is the best player, period, that Carmelo has had on his team.

3. More Stable Team

8 of 10

    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Drew Gooden #0 of the Los Angeles Clippers is congratulated by Baron Davis (L) #1 and Eric Gordon (R) #10 after scoring a basket against the Detroit Pistons during the first half at Staples Center on February 24, 2010 in Lo
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    I won't sit here and tell you that the Clippers are more talented than Denver, but I can say that the possibility for a meltdown is higher for the Nuggets than with most teams.

    The mix of J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin, and the Birdman was at times combustible. Especially when George Karl wasn't around.

    On the surface, the Clippers seem like a kinder, gentler bunch.

    Granted we haven't seem them under playoff pressure.

    But we have seen Denver in the playoffs the last two years.

    Nerve wracking, to say the least.

2. Anthony Is Legitimate Closer With More Help In L.A.

9 of 10

    With Eric Gordon, Baron Davis, Chris Kaman, and Blake Griffin, Carmelo would have more scoring help than he does in Denver.

    I don't think this can be argued.

    But unlike LeBron James, Carmelo won't pass up the last shot.

    No disrespect to James, but they are just different players.

    So if Davis, and the rest of the Clips carry their weight for most of the game, this will give 'Melo a chance to do what Kobe does...

    Close games.

1) The Lakers Domination Is Coming To An End Soon

10 of 10

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Ron Artest #37, Jordan Farmar #1, Pau Gasol #16 and Lamar Odom #7 huddle in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los An
    Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

    Don't get me wrong, they aren't Celtics old, but the Lakers do have miles on key players.

    Ron Artest—11 years in the league; not as quick as he used to be.

    Derek Fisher—14 years in the league; still counted on at crunch time, even at 36 years old.

    Kobe Bryant—14 years in the league; snatched back his crown as the best in the game, but lots and lots of miles on the odometer. And lots of nagging injuries.

    Pau Gasol—9 years in the league; seems like he has been around longer and if you add on his European games, that is probably two extra years of wear and tear.

    Bynum is young but injury prone. Odom is an 11-year vet.

    Let's not forget 54-year-old Theo Ratliff.

    I kid, I kid.

    So again I ask, how long can they hold the title, if a Carmelo-led Clippers' team is sharing the building?

slash iconYour sports. Delivered.

Enjoy our content? Join our newsletter to get the latest in sports news delivered straight to your inbox!