New York Knicks Trade Rumor: Pros and Cons to Carmelo Anthony Trade

Christopher KeshishianCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2011

New York Knicks Trade Rumor: Pros and Cons to Carmelo Anthony Trade

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets reacts in the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 5, 2011  in Los Angeles, California.  The Clippers won 106-93.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowle
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    Carmelo Anthony, as we all know by now, has surfaced in a lot of trade rumors.

    One of the main teams involved in all these rumors is the New York Knicks.

    Carmelo is an amazing addition to any team. The man is a go-to scorer who can make baskets when they are needed the most.

    He also brings some intangibles with him.

    New York is trying its hardest to make this trade a go, and would love to add Carmelo to a reborn Knicks team led by Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton.

    But many people tend to forget that all players, including Carmelo, have their flaws, too.

Pro: Scoring

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 5:   Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 5, 2011  in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading a
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    Carmelo Anthony is the league's most gifted scorer. Forget Kevin Durant—Carmelo does it all!

    Anthony does what some pure scorers fail to do: He scores from anywhere on the floor.

    Usually when one hears that, they think of range.

    That is not what I'm getting at.

    What I mean is Carmelo can score in ever single way known to basketball.

    He shoots.

    He drives.

    He can post up.

    He draws contact.

    He makes his free throws.

    There is no other pure scorer in the league right now who can do all of those.

    Carmelo does this so efficiently because he has mastered his jump shot and uses his strength and speed to his advantage.

Con: Defense

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    DENVER - APRIL 08:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball as Johan Petro #27 of the Denver Nuggets defends while Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Nuggets defends against Ron Artest #37 of the Lakers during NBA action at the Pepsi Center on A
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    As good as Melo is on the offensive side of the ball, he struggles on the defensive side.

    He has improved his overall defense from when he first joined the league, but he can still take a couple lessons from defensive stalwarts like Ron Artest.

    Melo uses his strength to his advantage while defending in the post, but he is easy to beat off the dribble if a player can get the first step on him.

    Also, he sometimes looks a little unmotivated on defense.

    He constantly watches players go right by him, and doesn't see cuts well.

    Although he has improved in this department, the Knicks roster is overall a bad defensive group, meaning Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen won't be there to cover up his mistakes.

Pro: Killer Instinct

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets shoots over D.J. Augustin #14 of the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ack
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    Carmelo hates to lose just about as much as all the greats this league has seen, like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

    When his team is down and it's a do-or-die situation, Anthony is much in the clutch.

    He has many game-winners to his name, and can instantly take over a game.

    He once scored 33 points in a single quarter, tying the all-time most points in a quarter.

    Defenders have a tough time figuring out what he might do with the ball in his hands when the game is on the line.

    He can beat them off the dribble, pull up, spot up, and draw fouls for easy points at the line, which are crucial in close games.

Con: Sharing The Glory

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29:   Allen Iverson #3 and Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets stand on the court during the game with the Los Angeles Lakers on November 29, 2007 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 127-99.  NOTE
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    As much as Carmelo wants to win, he also wants to be the main guy on the team when he does win.

    He played a few years with high scorer Allen Iverson, and sharing the spotlight with a big-name player did not go so well when counting the team's record in first-round series in the playoffs.

    Carmelo may have to take a step down to Amar'e Stoudemire in New York, or it may be vice-versa.

    Carmelo needs to feed his ego, just like we all do. He does it by knowing he's the best his team has to offer.

    Hopefully, this doesn't become a problem, because when you play with a guy like Amar'e Stoudemire, it's tough having the spotlight on you all the time.

Pro: New York's Roster Complements Him Perfectly

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    PHOENIX - JANUARY 07:  Raymond Felton #2 of the New York Knicks lays up a shot over Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 7, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.   The Knicks defeated the Suns 121-96.  NOTE TO USER: U
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    New York's roster is built like they've been expecting Melo for ages.

    Carmelo likes to dominate the ball, so he needs a spot-up shooter playing with him.

    In New York, he would have Raymond Felton and Landry Fields.

    He needs someone who can score inside, so that they don't try double-teaming him with big men.

    He would have Amar'e Stoudemire doing the inside scoring for him.

    He needs someone who can somewhat cover up his mistakes on defense.

    He would have that with Ronny Turiaf.

    See where I'm going with this?

The Outcome

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 5:  A fan anticipating a possible impending trade wears a New York Knicks jersey with the first name and number of Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets during the game withthe Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Januar
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    There are three pros to only two cons.

    Carmelo is destined for the big lights of New York, and all of us, including him, know it.

    It's what he wants, it's what his wife wants, and it's what the entire city of New York wants.

    It's tough to argue with that many people wanting the same thing.

    Thanks for reading, and know that these are not the only pros and cons, but just the important ones in my opinion.

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