Carmelo Anthony is officially gone from the Knicks, opening up the franchise to truly rebuild and go in a different direction. But that doesn't mean things are settled at Madison Square Garden. Shipping Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a package of Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round pick was probably the best the Knicks could have done just days before training camp was set to commence. While the roster is now Anthony-free and set up for a bigger scoring role for big man Kristaps Porzingis, a new problem has arrived: Too many big men. Kanter's arrival complicates things, and could soon facilitate a trade, per Ian Begley of ESPN. Kanter, who averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds for Oklahoma City last season, could prove to be an interesting pairing with Porzingis on offense. He also could be useful off the Knicks' bench. But he has been a subpar defender through six NBA seasons (Kanter ranked 63 out of 66 qualifying centers in ESPN's defensive real plus-minus last year), and he's joining a Knicks team that was in the bottom third of the NBA in defensive efficiency last season. Not good.
Knicks moving big man after Carmelo Anthony deal?
Newark Star-Ledger | Sep 26