When Carmelo Anthony went to New York, some Knick fans were suddenly very optimistic that they had the perfect player to compliment Amar'e and take them to new heights this year. For those who aren't familiar with the trade, Carmelo Anthony, PF Shelden Williams, SF Reynaldo Balkman, PG Anthony Carter and PG Chauncey Billups went to New York for SF Wilson Chandler, PG Raymond Felton, C Timofey Mozgov, F Danillo Gallinari and some 1st round picks. Well, upon further review, the Knicks aren't going to be ready to seriously compete this year. And as far as them making the playoffs, that may be in jeopardy as well.
When the Knicks made the trade, they were in 5th place in the East. They were playing very well and were poised to make a run. Then the trade happens. Heightened expectations came with the Carmelo trade, but what also came was less defense and not one but two ball-stoppers on the offensive end of the court. For those not familiar with what a ball-stopper is, imagine the ball moving flawlessly on the court until one player catches it and proceeds to go one-on-one. As a result of the deficiencies on the offensive and defensive ends, the Knicks have lost twice to the lowly Cavaliers and have slipped to 7th in the East and only one game above a .500. The momentum of Melo coming to New York has tappered off and the Knicks are now 7-7 with him.
The Nuggets were thought to be a team oin the verge of falling apart. They had a superstar that didn't want to be there and no matter what they say, it was affecting their team. Once the trade was made, it seems like the Nuggets now have new life. They have only lost twice since the trade and they are scoring as much, if not more than they were with Melo. The new pieces of Wilson Chandler and Raymond Felton have been especially effective, especially when the Nuggets go to their smaller lineup with Felton and PG Ty Lawson at the guards. This team could be dangerous in the Western Conference playoffs.
The lesson learned here is that team is more important than superstars. Now I'm not saying that Amar'e and Carmelo aren't great players, but superstars can't overcome bad team chemistry. Maybe over time this will get worked out for New York, but we will see if the superstars will decide to stand up and make change happen or continue to go along this same pattrn for years to come. For the Nuggets, they're young and will have a lot of money and draft picks next year, so the future will be bright.