Many say that the Knicks gave up too much in the trade for Carmelo Anthony last season, which saw the ‘Bockers gut their roster in return for the isolation-loving scorer. But forget about Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov for a second: what if Danilo Gallinari was the superstar the Knicks never knew they had?
Expectations were always high in New York for Danilo, who was a first round pick and had a reputation for having “the smoothest stroke in the history of mankind,” to paraphrase former coach Mike D’Antoni. But the Italian stallion seems to be flourishing in Denver: in an injury shortened season, Gallinari is averaging over 15 points and almost 5 boards for a team that lacks a true focal point. And every game, Danilo seems even more impressive. Just check out this awesome behind-the-back pass along the baseline that left Celtic defenders stunned and the home crowd in a frenzy.
Now, 15 points a game and a sweet no look pass are not the only hallmarks of a star. But the Nuggets are unquestionably better since the Carmelo trade, with Gallinari leading the way. Who knows where those Melo and Danilo will be in the NBA power rankings in a year or two. In the meantime, here’s to hoping the young man continues to flourish/ball so hard that [certain people] want to fine him.
[h/t Bob’s Blitz]