The Oklahoma City Thunder had quite the offseason, trading for Paul George, and now trading for Carmelo Anthony. After the exit of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook took the reigns by storm, having one of the best seasons we have ever seen in NBA history.
The acquisition of George was a fantastic move for the Thunder. Trading Victor Oladipo was a small price to give up to the Indiana Pacers for a player of Georges’ caliber. He provides excellent scoring and defense on a team that besides Westbrook had no other clear scoring option available. While many say George still plans to leave for L.A next year to join the Lakers, a year with Westbrook may change his mind. The playoffs are a real possibility for this team, and the addition of Carmelo makes it even more likely.
Anthony coming to OKC means one thing, another Super Team in the Western Conference. While he has been regarded as a player who doesn’t play defense and lacks a winning mentality, he is still one of the best scorers in the NBA. His ability to create space and shoot is still superb, and he brings a third scoring option to OKC. Joining forces with Westbrook and George allows Anthony to not be the number one option, putting less pressure on him and his game. Being the face of the New York Knicks didn’t work out well for Anthony, making this situation perhaps the best he has ever been in.
“New York equipped me to make it in any other place in the world. It taught me how to ce comfortable with being uncomfortable. Saying goodbye is the hardest thing to do. I never thought I would, especially to you. No one will ever take your place. It’s hard to find someone like you, so know you will always be missed. You helped me laugh. You dried my tears. Because of you, I have no fears. You came into my life and I was blessed. It’s time to raise my hand and say goodbye. It’s not the end, because like I’ve always said, NYC ’til the end.” – Carmelo Anthony
While we don’t know how well Westbrook, George, and Anthony will jell together, we know they are all fantastic players in their own ways. In a stacked Western Conference, it will be very interesting to see how they stack up against such a loaded conference. Offensively they are loaded on paper, but I’m guessing there will have to be some sacrificing from these three stars to have success this season.
Whether OKC is better than the Golden State Warriors is unknown, however competing with San Antonio and Houston just got a lot easier. Success in the playoffs is something George and Carmelo haven’t been a part of in their careers thus far, and if one thing is for certain, it’s that success brings a team together.
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Published on 9/28/17 at 11:41 AM EDT.Share this post on:
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