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The Carmelo Anthony era has come to an end all the drama is done with, with the Knicks bringing Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott back to New York.
The Knicks were not going to get much better of a return than this. I don't think the Cavaliers were trading Kevin Love, and that would be the only return that was any better. Maybe the Knicks could have gotten a first round pick instead of a second round pick, but that's about it. I like the pieces the Knicks got here.
Let's take a look at how Kanter and McDermott will fit in and what their roles will be...
With the Thunder off the bench, Kanter put up 14.3 PPG in just 21 MPG. While he has come off the bench for most of his career with the Jazz and Thunder, he should be a starter for the Knicks.
Jeff Hornacek could choose to start Willy Hernangomez at center and have Kanter off the bench, but Kanter should be playing 30 minutes per night. He's the better offensive player and is much more polished than Hernangomez. The addition of Kanter could mean Joakim Noah will come off the bench when he returns from the 12 games left of his suspension.
Hornacek could also start Noah and play him in limited minutes, with Kanter coming off the bench. However they decide to do it, Kanter and Kristaps Porzingis make for a pretty solid one-two punch in the post. Kanter has a player option for next year, so the Knicks could have him for two years.
Doug McDermott gives the Knicks a guy who can shoot from three-point range. He's shot 39 percent from downtown so far in his three seasons, and 44 percent from the field.
Hornacek could choose to start McDermott or he could go with your favorite player's favorite player, Michael Beasley. Beasley's minutes just went up with Anthony on the move, which means we can see him put on a scoring show in a bigger role. McDermott is going to get a shot here to have a bigger scoring role. He's not going to give you much else on the stat sheet, but he should have a chance to average double figures in points and take his game to the next level with the Knicks.
This deal means a bunch of things for the Knicks.
It means Beasley is going to get the chance he has wanted to be a scorer for the. It means McDermott is going to get a chance for more minutes than he did with the Thunder. It also means less minutes for Noah, which is a plus because he's suspended 12 games, bound to be hurt at some point, and has become a liability on the offensive end.
The Knicks' depth across the board actually isn't bad at all right now. They don't have the talent to really be a playoff team, but it wouldn't be crazy to see them fight for the eighth seed in a weak Eastern Conference. The Knicks are building the right way here and not in tank mode. They still have a roster good enough to be competitive and will have some very interesting decisions to make in training camp.