5 Teams Carmelo Anthony Should Go To This Offseason
March 12, 2014 - 10:20 pm
Never thought I’d write this, but Joakim Noah is the NBA’s best center. He rebounds, plays excellent defense (and even on LeBron James), scores, makes his teammates better and has Chi-town fired up for the playoffs with a team that (on paper) probably wouldn’t beat most teams in the Western Conference. All while staying humble enough to pass off the hometown love of M-V-P chants, saying the sidelined Derrick Rose is still the Bulls franchise player.
That may be true, but the kid from Hell’s Kitchen isn’t crazy. Noah knows with or without Rose, the Bulls need help on offense. As great as he is with his energy, Rose doesn’t have enough help on offense. That’s a main reason why he keeps getting hurt and why Chicago won’t beat the Heat or Indiana Pacers in a seven game series come playoff time. Throw a black and red jersey on Anthony, however, and it’s an entirely new situation. Scoring is what Melo does best. Pair him with a healthy D-Rose and let his defensive troubles sail away with Noah backing him up, and the Bulls have their first Big Three since the Jordan, Pippen, Rodman era.
This might sound crazy, but this is actually the way it was supposed to go down. The now infamous “Decision” that Lebron James made wasn’t just for him. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and King James came up with the idea way back during the 2008 Olympics. But there was one person missing from the equation: Carmelo Anthony.
He’s the lost Musketeer, the other Beatle (or Heatles in this case). Melo was supposed to renegotiate his contract like his Olympic team compadres so that if they wanted to pull that trigger, they could. Instead he opted for more time in Denver, which ultimately ended in him taking on the challenge James passed up. Melo recently said James was smart for going to the Heat. There have to be times where he wishes he went with.
Now he can.
Los Angeles Lakers
The rumor mill in the NBA has been all over this one, but there might be some substance to it. The factors: Anthony would be leaving one major market for another, he’d essentially inherit the Lakers from Kobe and subsequently, might even pro long Bryant’s career (less responsibility on offense for the greying great one). Plus, Melo’s wife La-La loves and works in Los Angeles, and hans’t exactly been quiet about how happy she’d be if her hubby went to play there.
Melo makes them instantly better and would most likely attract at least one other star. The only problem: Mike D’Antoni.
Thanks to the good folks at MSG and Jordan Brand, we’ve all but forgotten that Carmelo was really raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Born in Brooklyn where he lived as young child, he’s been re-adopted by New York’s biggest borough. The Nets don’t exactly have too many plans for the future in terms of draft picks, but they do have trade bait. Deron Williams can be a little tough to play with, but even he would welcome the addition of his crosstown rival. Given that the Nets already give the Miami Heat trouble, adding Melo would put them in a totally different space: Title contender.
San Antonio Spurs
For just the second time in his career, Spurs star Tim Duncan didn’t make the All-Star game. And with his career low average of 15.3 points per game, at age 37, he’ll probably never make another one. He’s on that list of early 2000’s NBA stars that on their way out (See Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant). Tony Parker can still go and despite the Spurs core players being up in age, they actually have a pretty young roster headed by Kawhi Leonard.
Despite what George Karl says, Anthony is coachable. Under a legendary coach who’s system produces nothing but playoff success in Gregg Popovich, Melo would certainly have a shot at winning a title.