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Does Amar'e need Melo?

Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:25 am
Edited on: December 9, 2010 1:27 am
Melo's on the market. But has MSG got something too good going to disrupt in order to pull him to the Big Apple? The answer lies with the man called STAT. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Back in July ... you remember the NBA back in July, don't you ? It was a sweeter, purer time in July, 2010 BD (Before Decision) ... Anyway, back in July, Amar'e Stoudemire was talking about convincing Tony Parker and Carmelo Anthony to join him in New York, before he'd even joined the Knicks

Since then, there has been constant talk of Anthony trying to get his way to New York, by trade, free agency, whatever it takes. Those efforts have been rebuffed by the Nuggets at every turn due to New York having no assets to interest Melo. Even with Ken Berger's report that the Nuggets are finally willing to go ahead and move Melo, they're not nearly desperate enough to work a deal with the Knicks. But right now, the question should not be can the Knicks get Melo. The question might be, do they need to?

The Knicks beat the Raptors 113-110 Wednesday night, for their sixth win in a row, and ninth out of ten. They are, quite simply, en fuego. It's at least the first real version of the vision Mike D'Antoni has had for the future of the Knicks. And at the helm is most definitely Amar'e Stoudemire. 

Stoudemire had his sixth 30-point-plus game in a row, this time with 18 fourth-quarter points. He had everything going. The quick finds underneath the basket, the pump-fake and dunk, the mid-range elbow J, the little middle-key leaner he likes, the works. And he's had it going for games. What Stoudemire brings to the Knicks goes well beyond just the numbers. This was something that was sorely overlooked in the comparisons between Stoudemire and Bosh. Stoudemire has the unique ability to completely take over the game. You can simply give him the ball and say "go get us a bucket" in crunch time and rely on him to do so. The fact that he so often does it with such emphatic style only heightens the value and makes him that much more of a perfect fit for the New York state of mind. With his production this season, he's slammed the coffin shut on the idea that he needed Steve Nash to be great. Then he dunked on it. 

The Knicks don't really have a signature win in this stretch (with New Orleans bottoming out), but at 14-9, that's still much better than anyone had anticipated, especially after their horrendous start. 

So the question, then, is would trading for Melo be a good idea with how well this Knicks team, and in particular, Amar'e Stoudemire, is playing? 

It seems pretty simple, right? Carmelo Anthony is better than Gallinari, Fields, Randolph, Chandler, anyone that would be sent out in the deal. It gives you a bonafide scoring star to pair with Stoudemire. It's got to be pretty easy. 

Except when you consider usage. And for that, naturally, we return to the Miami Heat as always. The biggest problem with the Heat, at least early on, was their two starts kept deferring with the ball in order to not take up too many shots. Stoudemire and Melo may not have that problem, but the expectation that they would both want the ball so much might lead them in that direction. Furthermore, when you examine Mike D'Antoni's system, it doesn't lend itself to the same kind of ISO wing systems that Melo flourishes in. Even Stoudemire rarely is simply given the ball to work with. It flows through him while the offense continues to move. Melo is a stopping point. 

You've also got to look at the weaknesses on the Knicks and wonder if Melo helps them in those areas. He's not an elite rebounder. He doesn't work brilliantly in the pick and roll. He's not a hustle player. And he's certainly not a great defensive player. Adding Melo would be taking a bunch of mid-level players, taking their best ability without adding anything (and taking away Fields' defense which has been surprisingly good). 

All of this is besides the fact that Stoudemire certainly seems to stand tall and talented enough to take over games. He has the ability to put the franchise on his shoulders, and with a versatile skilled roster, take the Knicks to the playoffs. Forcing the issue with a superstar like Melo could fracture that dynamic, which could harm the chemistry. From the start, Amar'e has been the leader in New York. With the way he's playing right now, you have to think the Knicks at least in part want to give him the reins and let him show them how far he can take the team. 

Superstar power is always at a premium in this league. And as the Heat improve game by game you start to see the potential in loading up. But the Knicks have a long-term plan in mind, and you have to wonder if adding Melo, even if he were to become available to them by hook or by crook, would be the best thing for the future of the MSG kids. 

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 10:47 am

Does Amar'e need Melo?

Melo is not the right player to bring in here he plays to much like Amare and they will clash. We need more of a slasher and/or a center who can score.

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2010 9:57 am

Does Amar'e need Melo?

He need Melo if he wants to win it all. For another great article on the knicks success check out.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2010 2:49 am

Does Amar'e need Melo?

he doesnt need melo but i mean  it wouldnt be a downside to add more talent  just for kicks   melo should go to boston although i dont see why he is having such an issue in denver  i mean  they are better then the nets

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 11:50 pm

Does Amar'e need Melo?

So its better to have a bunch of B-level players who complement one star instead of having 2 A-level players? The Knicks look great against the dredge of the league, but let's see how they do against potential playoff teams. You think Stoudamire and his B-level cast is good enough to take on Boston or Miami? Isn't the idea to win a championship?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 4:46 pm

Does Amar'e need Melo?

The question I have why give 3 potential keys that the Knicks have now for Carmelo Anthoney? The Knicks Denver Nuggets trade does not make sense. Gallinari, Fields, Randolph,Chandler, all these players compliment Amar'e more so then Carmello he is not a strong re bounder by any means. New York has a double double rebounds and scoring with Fields every night. Gallinari scores and dishes night in night out. Right now Amar'e Stoudemire and the Knicks are playing better then anyone thought they could.

Carmelo is a pure wing player and just does not fit into a Mike D'Antoni system. Why fix what is not broke the 3 mid level players that would go out west to the Nuggets and the Knicks would fall into the Miami Heat cluster. New York has a good thing going with veteran leadership and the youth to compliment each other. It just makes no sense.

Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 4:08 pm

Does Amar'e need Melo?

Could be problematic addition chemistry-wise, but Knicks as constituted can't be better than a 4 or 5 seed, so you likely would have to 'go for it' if you have a chance to get Carmelo. It would be only way to be championship caliber. (Unless Knicks think some other more compatible superstar could be gotten instead...Chris Paul...?)

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