Players in the Carmelo Anthony Trade
Anthony joins the Knicks fresh off his fourth career All-Star appearance. He gives the Knicks another 25-point scorer to go with Amar'e Stoudemire, who also started the All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
The Knicks and Nuggets swapped starting point guards in the Anthony trade, with Billups coming to New York after two and a half seasons in Denver. Billups may have lost a step at 34 -- and he'll do nothing to improve the Knicks' shaky defense -- but he had been shooting a career-high 44.1 percent from three-point range at the time of the trade.
The journeyman point guard appeared in only 14 games with the Nuggets this season while playing behind Billups and Ty Lawson. But as recently as 2008-09, Carter was averaging 22.9 minutes a game for a Denver team that advanced to the Western Conference finals.
Williams started the first two months of the season for Denver, but his playing time declined sharply as the Nuggets got healthier in the frontcourt. Nevertheless, Williams was Denver's top per-minute rebounder, and he could earn minutes with a Knicks team that is lacking beef inside. Williams is joining his sixth team since being selected with the fifth pick in the 2006 draft.
The move to the Big Apple will be a homecoming of sorts for the 2006 first-round pick, who played his first two seasons with the Knicks and had a few highlights as an energy guy off the bench. But Balkman didn't get much of a chance in Denver, where he scored 27 points combined in the last season and a half. But, as with Shelden Williams, Balkman could be useful to the Knicks, who traded half their roster in this three-team deal.
Gallinari shot only 41.5 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from three-point range with the Knicks this season, but he's still an intriguing prospect as a 22-year-old former No. 6 pick who has shot the ball well in the past and is learning to get to the line more. The 6-10 forward missed almost his entire rookie season, in 2008-09, so he's essentially a second-year player still developing. Assuming the Nuggets keep him past the trade deadline, he should get plenty of offensive opportunities in Denver as the Nuggets seek to replace Carmelo's scoring.
The next couple of months are important for Chandler, who is set to become a restricted free agent after the season. He seemed poised for a breakout season in New York after averaging 19 points (on 52.2 percent shooting) and 7.2 rebounds in 13 games in December. But he tailed off after that -- much as the Knicks did as a team.
Felton generated All-Star buzz early in the season thanks to his three-point shooting and pick-and-roll prowess with Amar'e Stoudemire. But Felton, like Chandler, cooled off as the Knicks swooned in January and early February. What Denver does with Felton will be interesting because the Nuggets have been grooming another former North Carolina floor leader, 2009 first-round pick Ty Lawson, as their point guard of the future.
The 7-foot-1 rookie center from Russia showed flashes recently: He had 23 points and 14 rebounds on Jan. 30 against Detroit, and about two weeks later he went for 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting against the Clippers. For the most part, though, the raw 23-year-old was not a part of the Knicks' regular rotation. Denver can take a longer look at him as part of its retooling.
Brewer shot only 40.6 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from deep in three and a half seasons with the Timberwolves, who made him the seventh pick in 2007. Provided the Knicks keep him, Brewer could help New York with his length and defensive ability on the wing.
Randolph has thrived in the summer league and been touted as a potential impact player, but his NBA body of work is modest. After two seasons spent in and out of Don Nelson's doghouse in Golden State, the lanky 21-year-old forward rarely got off the bench for Mike D'Antoni in New York. He's the latest former lottery pick snapped up by the Wolves, who have had mixed results so far with Michael Beasley and Darko Milicic.
It's hard to believe that, in 2006-07, Curry played in 81 games and averaged 19.5 points (on 57.6 percent shooting) and 7.1 rebounds for New York. Injuries, conditioning issues and off-court problems have plagued him the last few years, with Curry appearing in three games in 2008-09, seven games in '09-10 and none this season. He's another potential reclamation project for Minnesota.
Koufos has never been a consistent part of an NBA rotation in the three years since Utah selected him with the 23rd pick in the 2008 draft. The former Ohio State standout was averaging 8.6 minutes a game with the Timberwolves.