I am just going to say this right off the bat, Carmelo Anthony sucks. The Oklahoma City Thunder are figuring out a way to get him off their team. A player who used to be wanted around the league can’t even garner a takers for a trade. I bet the Thunder would give him away for a pack of peanuts at this point.
Anthony just picked up his player option which pretty much fucked the Thunder and is causing them to potentially have the highest payroll of all time at over $300 million. That’s a lot of cheddar. Now the Thunder, being the smart franchise they are, are choosing to let Anthony go with a buyout. This will clear a lot of cap room for the team and rid themselves of this terrible player. Now I may sound a little harsh towards Anthony but hear me out.
Carmelo Anthony will no doubt go into the Hall Of Fame when his career is over, but he is a little overrated in my opinion. Anthony has played for the Denver Nuggets, the New York Knicks and the Thunder. He has been playing for 15 years and has been to the playoffs 11 times making it to the Western Conference Finals once and to the Conference Semi Finals once. Now this may not sound bad, but the way people talk about him make it sound like he’s so great. He was really good in Denver and he had some good years in New York, but the experiment in Oklahoma City was a fail.
When the trade first happened most people thought the Thunder would be amazing. People tend to forget how Anthony played in New York and the fact that the man was 33-years-old when the Thunder got him. OK that doesn’t sound old but for a basketball player that’s pretty much getting to the twilight of your career. I hated this move for the Thunder. It was a stupid way to try to compete with other Western Conference teams. I thought getting Paul George would be enough. They gave up Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott for Anthony and shrunk their bench even more. This was a bad move.
I know Anthony averaged over 22 points per game in his last season with the Knicks, but that is on a team with one star where the offense revolves around him. Moving him to the Thunder looks good on paper, but in reality it went like I expected. Anthony couldn’t work in the stretch four position offensively or defensively and had a problem changing to more of an off the ball spot up shooter. For a player who has spent 14 years of his life being the primary ball handler it was easy to see the failure looming for the Thunders new addition. The Thunder lost their first round playoff match up to the Utah Jazz and Anthony averaged a career worst 11.8 points per game during the series.
This man hurt the Thunders chances of being better. Hopefully they get rid of him and can return to contender status. Getting rid of Anthony will be better for the Thunder in the long run since they resigned Paul George. The Thunder will be better off without Anthony weighing them down.