Carmelo Anthony Traded To The Oklahoma City Thunder

The New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and a 2nd round pick in 2018. On the surface, outside the surface, above and below the surface, this looks like, Oklahoma robbed New York. How the so called “brain trust” or lack of “brain trust” in Madison Square Garden didn’t get a 1st round pick for the 10 time all-star is mind boggling.

Anthony will now join fellow All-stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George in what could be one of the most potent offenses in the NBA. “Melo” is now in a perfect spot for him. If healthy, he is the best 3rd option in the NBA. The Former Syracuse Orangemen star will be asked to do what he did on the Olympic teams… catch and shoot.

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 01: Carmelo Anthony #15 of the United States takes a shot against Ekene Ibekwe #30 of Nigeria in a pre-Olympic exhibition game during USA Basketball Showcase at Toyota Center on August 1, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

He won’t have to create his own shot with Westbrook and George on the court and he should be a much better rebounder this season than his career average of 5.9 per game. I would be absolutely shocked if the Thunder don’t make it to the Western Conference Finals. Sam Presti continues to prove he is one of the best basketball minds in the game. Oklahoma is lucky to have him.

As for the Knicks, I have been saying it since about 10 games into his rookie campaign. It is time to focus the offense around Kristaps Porzingis. The former #4 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has added about 15 lbs. of muscle this off-season.

Fans of this team shoulnd’t care if New York makes the playoffs this season. All they want to see is improvement from week to week and month to month with their core group of young players. The Knicks starting lineup should be the youngest in the NBA

Center: Willie Hernandez 23 years old.

PF: Kristaps Porzings 22 years old.

SMF:  Doug McDermott 25 years old.

SG: Tim Hardaway Jr. 25 years old.

PG: Frank Ntilikina 18 years old.

The Knicks have some quality veteran players coming off the bench.

Joakim Noah

Courtney Lee

Ramon Sessions

Lance Thomas

Kyle O’Quinn

And former #2 pick in the 2008 NBA draft Michael Beasley.

It is not about wins this year, it is about enjoying the process and watching these young kids grow. It should be a fun year in New York

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’m a former AAU and college basketball coach with over 15 years experience. Last summer, I was inducted into the Ramapo College Hall of Fame. After coaching for many years, I realized I had some very interesting and funny stories to share and started touring the country as a comedian. I have performed at the world famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, The Laugh Factory and Caroline’s in New York City. I am a former graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. The Sports Whisperer is a featured guest on several podcasts across the country. In just nine months I have written over 240 articles. Some of my pre-season predictions included Marcus Mariota winning the Heisman Trophy, Aaron Rodgers winning the NFL’s MVP, Duke over Wisconsin in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and Stephen Curry winning the NBA’s MVP.
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