Carmelo Anthony will be the starting power forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder next season. That’s a move that should make every team in the Western Conference have a serious cause for concern.
In a deal between the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder, Carmelo Anthony is joining forces with superstars Paul George and Russell Westbrook. On paper, the trio will form one of the most potent offensive units in the league.
Carmelo Anthony is ultimately the one who made the deal possible. He waived his no-trade clause to include other options outside of the Houston Rockets in order to find a new home before this week’s training camp began. Once he informed the New York Knicks of his expanded list, the rest was on the Knicks organization. They finally found a home for the 33-year-old while continuing to improve their roster.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were seeking ways to stay in the NBA Championship race sans Kevin Durant. Adding a player of Anthony’s caliber is one way that the team was successful in remaining competitive. Anthony gives the Thunder a very strong second and third scoring option. He is a weapon the team will need when facing high-powered offenses featured by teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.
The challenges that lie ahead for the Oklahoma City Thunder will be on the defensive end. Anthony has never been known for his defense nor has he shown commitment on that end of the floor. This season it’s sure to be a point of emphasis. Paul George has already hinted that he expects the Thunder to remain near the top of the league in defense this season.
Media Day Chatter
In an interview during media day with NBA TV Analyst Dennis Scott, Anthony admitted that he has adjusted to situations before and he is willing to do the same with the Thunder. Anthony also admitted that the trio would not hinder the others success on the court. Whoever has a better scoring night would receive the support of the others. Simply stated, the trio would remain selfless for each other.
The selflessness that Carmelo Anthony speaks about is the reason they could win the West and It’s also why the rest of the conference, including the Golden State Warriors, should be concerned.
Last season, all three players ranked in the top 25 of the league averaging over 22 points a game with Westbrook leading the league at 31.6 per game. George averaged 23.6 points per game and Anthony was at 22.4.
This off-season, the NBA saw a combination of 66 all-star game appearances change teams, including Anthony. Chemistry amongst all of those teams with players involved will be paramount for success this season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are set to challenge for the top spot in the improved Western Conference.
And adding a player of Carmel Anthony’s caliber is sure to help them along the way.