Nuggets and Knicks, who got the Better Deal?:
Ever since the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks made their huge trade involving Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups going to the Knicks something interesting has happened. The Knicks are 3-3 since the trade but the Nuggets are 5-1. However the Knicks have had a tough schedule. Carmelo, Amar'e Stoudemire, and the rest of the Knicks have had to play the Cleveland Cavaliers twice. In fact they lost to them twice and the second time the Cavaliers ended their 26-game road losing streak in Madison Square Garden. The Cavaliers won 119-115 after the Knicks were ahead 100-88 with just over ten minutes left in the game. The Knicks then had a meltdown and were outplayed by the Cavaliers in their debut with new Point Guard Baron Davis. All of this happened even after Amar'e Stoudemire scored 41 points for the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony getting a charging foul late didn't help them out much either. The Knicks are another team that needs to get their act together and fast. It's clear to me that the Nuggets got the better end of this deal just going by the first six games since it happened. The Knicks made the mistake of letting go of team players and opting to get a superstar. However Anthony to me needs to be more of a team player. Since he joined the Knicks he's fouled out of a game and in this game his charging foul ended any hope the Knicks had of winning. Also Anthony's season-long drama in Denver didn't help out his team. In fact it distracted them and now that he's gone the Nuggets are rolling through their schedule like a freight train from Hell. So, in conclusion, I think the Nuggets got the better end of this deal. They got team players that will help them out in the long run and got rid of a drama causing superstar that, despite all of his stats, couldn't get them over the hump. They're a better team now and I will no longer be calling them the Thuggets. Instead they are the Nuggets again and I like them a lot more without anything. They're playing like a well oiled machine and right now I'm calling them, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Atlanta Hawks as the dark horse teams in the playoffs that could make a run at the NBA Finals.
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