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Paul George expresses Carmelo Anthony's importance at the Thunder

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Many NBA fans believe a new superteam formed in the league this week, as Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder by the New York Knicks.

Anthony was traded by the Knicks to the Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second-round draft pick, bringing an end to the small forward's six-and-a-half seasons in the Big Apple.

This trade now puts Oklahoma City in the superteam conversation, as the combination of 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, Paul George,  who joined from the Indiana Pacers earlier in the offseason, and now Melo makes them a very interesting team in the Western Conference.

The Thunder now have a team that could challenge the likes of the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets for the top spots in the conference, so long as team chemistry between the team's top three stars is nailed down quickly.

During a recent interview, George emphasized why it was so important for the Thunder to bring in Melo, because it puts them in a position where they can challenge for a championship.

George told USA TODAY Sports: “This feels like a championship team. I'm in a good place. I know Russ (Westbrook) is in a good place. Melo is motivated more than ever…You put us three together, who all have something to prove still, (and) we're going to be a special team.

"We have a young group, a lot of talent here, an unbelievable coach (in Billy Donovan), (and) as you see, a front office that's willing to do whatever it takes to improve the team. It just has all the makeups to be a great organization and a chance to put championships together.”

This might be the only season the Thunder gets for a while to try and win a championship, as all three of their star players could be playing their basketball elsewhere by this time next season.

Winning the championship could certainly help keep those players in question in Oklahoma, but that's easier said than done, especially with how competitive the Western Conference has become.

Topics:
Paul George
Indiana Pacers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Russell Westbrook
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Carmelo Anthony
New York Knicks
Atlantic Division

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