If The New York Knicks Acquire Chris Paul, Will They Have A Bigger 3 Than The Miami Heat?
As you probably have heard, Chris Paul has allegedly demanded a trade from the New Orleans Hornets to the New York Knicks. Whether or not this is true is still up for debate. But let’s look at this situation a little closer and wonder aloud just how good the Knicks would be if they acquired Chris Paul. Better yet, would their “Big 3” rival the one in South Beach?
On paper you immediately say no because there’s no doubt that both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are among the top 7 players in the league (depending on your judging criteria). Chris Bosh isn’t too far off. But upon closer inspection, there may be some indications that a Carmelo, Amare and Paul trio could outplay the Heat’s Big 3 in a pickup game of basketball. And honestly, as it stands now, that’s exactly how it would play out on the court as both teams would have the depth of a kids pool.
Adding Chris Paul would be huge for the Knicks on so many levels. Currently, the Miami Heat struggle in the middle and at PG. Both positions were exploited in the 2010 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks as Tyson Chandler went into beast mode, as did Jason Terry. Although both LeBron and Dwyane can handle the ball, you are basically eliminating the PG position by having that happen. In New York, Chris Paul running an offense that features Carmelo’s uncanny ability to score as well as the savage known as Amare Stoudamire could spell trouble for the league. Stoudamire was amazing with Steve Nash feeding him the pill; and if you remember what Tyson Chandler did as a Hornet with Paul tossing him alley oops, just imagine what Amare will be doing. As for Carmelo, he hasn’t had the opportunity to play with an elite point guard who is still in his prime. Taking the pressure off of Melo handling the rock would allow him to work without the ball and free up other aspects of his game. Add that to the fact that Paul plays defense and now you have a team ready to compete with the leagues’ best.
Could they have a better record than Miami? Perhaps. It all depends on who the Knicks decide to part with in order to get Paul. But as a Big 3, these guys would be pretty lethal. Although none have the marketing power of James or Wade, on the court they are very, very strong. Carmelo is likely motivated by the ESPN player rankings that had him at #12 despite being a more clutch player than LeBron James and being unrightfully pushed back when it comes to the 2003 NBA draft. Paul is already one of the best, if not the best, point guard in the league. Unfortunately he’s never had the tools around him to really flourish. In New Orleans he’s been pressured to produce- and aside from David West, there hasn’t been anybody that can carry the team in his absence. Paul will merrily rack up the assists in New York. Amare will gladly compete with Blake Griffin for most dunks in the regular season. Carmelo will happily play the best basketball of his life and prove that the 2003 NBA draft wasn’t about Wade and James as there was a fellow named Melo in the mix as well.
But guess what? Neither of them would win an NBA title this year.