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Knicks better off without Melo

Even with a Nets deal looming, there's no need for New York fans to panic

Updated: January 13, 2011, 12:00 PM ET
By Matt Meyers | ESPN Insider
Carmelo AnthonyGarrett Ellwood/Getty ImagesThe Knicks covet Anthony, but would he make them that much better?

The new millennium hasn't exactly been kind to the New York Knicks and their fans. But after years of futility, the team finally has Madison Square Garden rocking like it did in the mid-90s. And while New York is still a player or two away from being respected as a contender, Mike D'Antoni's crew has proved it is playoff-caliber.

Rumors have been swirling for months that general manager Donnie Walsh covets Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, who will be a free agent this summer. In the eyes of most fans and pundits, he would make the Knicks an elite squad. But with the recent buzz surrounding a trade that would send Anthony to the New Jersey Nets, many Knicks fans are in panic mode, and some are suggesting the team should trade for him now because he is the quickest ticket to a title. Those Knickerbockers fans concerned about losing out on Anthony should step back off the ledge -- he won't make the team that much better, and they're probably better off without him.

There's no doubt that Anthony can fill it up. And when he's on he can take over a game like few others. However, if you were to rank the Knicks' 10 biggest problems, scoring would not be one of them. At 108.8 points per 100 possessions, New York has the third most efficient offense in the league. The team's softest spots are perimeter defense, rebounding and a lack of a backup point guard. Melo does very little to improve the squad in those areas. Let's break them down one by one.


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