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Denver, CO – As the Knicks get prepared to battle the Denver Nuggets tonight, the most of us are thinking about the deal that gave the Knicks the franchise player they have coveted since Patrick Ewing; Carmelo Anthony. It seems like light years ago, however we are only a year removed from that time. Melo was selected with the third overall pick back in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Nuggets and quickly became the iconic figure that he remains now.
On the other hand of the stick was Danilo Gallinari, who has quietly had a very productive season for the Nuggets who may be the leagues second hottest team winning 9 straight. They are currently 5th in the Western Conference Playoff race. Gallinari’s success comes part because of the style of offense that George Karl runs and, lets face it, Gallinari can shoot the lights out of a gym.
The real question is, which team has faired better? The answer is both. Both teams seem to be in pretty good shape with the records thatthey hold at this point. You may give the Nuggets a slight edge based on their depth at all positions on the floor, but Melo alone makes the Knicks better. The problem for the Knicks, as I have said countless times, is their age. the problem for the Nuggets is that they play in a top loaded Western Conference, where it would be hard to imagine them pulling off a series shocker against the likes of the Spurs, Thunder, or Clippers. Even more interesting is the other teams i failed to mention are more than capable opponents.
When you take a look at the Eastern Conference you can see that the bottom tier of the playoff race really poses no threat to the higher seeds. The Heat and perhaps Indiana are really not worried about the Hawks, Bucks or possibly Toronto. The Knicks, however really have maybe three to four teams to worry about based on their seeding. Thus, leading me to say that only time will tell who fairs out better. If you held a gun to my head I would have to say the Knicks based off matchups and competetion in their conference.
I am sure my fellow staff members will chime in on this one so lets here it. Who stands the better chance in the playoffs?
Avery Mullen, MBA- Beat Writer