The NBA Western Conference has just got a lot more interesting, as Carmelo Anthony has now joined the conference as the newest member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, giving the Golden State Warriors something new to think about.
Anthony has been traded by the New York Knicks to the Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second-round draft pick. This brings an end to the small forward's six-and-a-half seasons in the Big Apple.
This trade adds a new dynamic in the Western Conference, as Oklahoma City has their own superteam on their hands with the 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and new arrival Paul George, who joined from the Indiana Pacers earlier in the offseason, and Melo.
It gives something new for the Western Conference favourites in the Warriors to think about, as they very well could be challengers for their Western Conference crown if they're able to get the chemistry right within the team.
Golden State stars Steph Curry and Draymond Green weighed in on Anthony's trade to the Thunder during a recent interview with Marc J Spears of ESPN.
Curry said: "I don’t even know about this trade. I just heard about this trade 10 seconds ago. So, they got [Enes] Kanter and … I guess I am happy [for Anthony] because I know he wanted to get out and be in a situation where he felt like what he was doing on the court was actually productive.
“It’s going to be wild to see that trio of guys together. It’s just crazy how the West is getting stronger and stronger. It should be another tough matchup when we play them."
Green said: “I’m happy for him. It doesn’t change my views to who we are as a team. But I’m happy for him, definitely. I don’t hate OKC. They hate me. I don’t hate them. I don’t care. You’re adding a guy who can give you 20 [points] a night. It is definitely going to make you better. I think it definitely helps them."
As for if the team can mesh together, Curry is reserving his judgment on that for the time being, as he said: “It’s all hard to tell, because it’s all new looks. We don’t know what style [the Thunder] are going to play and how they are going to balance their attack. It will all make itself known as we go through the season."
There are a lot of figures now in Oklahoma that will want the ball on the court, so it will be interesting to see how the team chemistry works between Westbrook, George, and Melo. Sacrifices will have to be made by all three players if the team is going to be as successful as people believe it could be this season.