Biographies, nicknames, stats and more for the newly-acquired Knicks.
CARMELO ANTHONY, small forward
Born: May 29, 1984 in Brooklyn
Drafted: 2003 by Denver Nuggets, first round (third overall)
Prior team: Denver
2010-11 season: 25.2 PPG; 2.8 APG; 7.6 RPG (career high).
Awards and honors: Four-time NBA All-Star, 2002-03 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (Syracuse), won gold medal with USA National Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Scouting Report: Not known for his defense, Anthony is nevertheless one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA. He’s been among the top eight players in points per game in each of the last six seasons. He has the fourth highest points-per-game average among active players and 14th best all-time in the NBA. He’s also among the top 10 total point scorers the last six seasons.
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CHAUNCEY BILLUPS, point guard
Nickname: Mr. Big Shot
Born: Sept. 25, 1976 in Denver, Colorado
Drafted: 1997 by Boston Celtics, first round (third overall)
Prior teams: Boston, Toronto, Denver, Minnesota, Detroit; the Knicks deal will be the fifth time Billups has been traded.
2010-11 season: 16.5 ppg., his lowest since the 2004-05 season, 5.3 apg., lowest since 2002-03 season, and 2.5 rpg., lowest since 2000-01 season.
Awards and honors: Five-time All-Star, 2003-04 NBA Finals MVP.
Scouting report: Not thought of as an especially quick guard, Billups’ assist rate has steadily decreased, while his field-goal percentage has gone up. He’s grown into a more accurate shooter. Points per game showed steady improvement until this season. Known for his prowess in big games, especially with Detroit, where he was given his nickname, “Mr. Big Shot,” because of clutch late-game baskets. Turns his game up in the playoffs.
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SHELDEN WILLIAMS, power forward/center
Nickname: The Landlord
Born: Oct. 21, 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Drafted: 2006 by Atlanta, first round (fifth overall)
Prior teams: Atlanta, Sacramento, Minnesota, Boston, Denver.
2010-11 season: 4.7 ppg., 0.5 apg., 5.3 rpg.
Awards and honors: Third player in NCAA history with 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds, 350 blocks and 150 steals while at Duke. NABC Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, 2006 while at Duke.
Scouting report: A big, aggressive player with shot-blocking ability. Williams averages 14.4 minutes per game, and is seeing the most action this season since his rookie year. In 286 career games (63 starts), he has 121 blocks and 127 steals.
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ANTHONY CARTER, point guard
Born: June 16, 1975 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Drafted: Undrafted, signed as free agent with Miami on Aug. 6, 1999.
Prior teams: Miami, San Antonio, Minnesota, Denver.
2010-11 season: 1.9 ppg., 1.9 apg., 0.9 rpg.
Scouting report: Carter is a good passer, drives to the basket well and plays solid defense. Despite tallying just over 20 minutes per game in his career, he is not a real scorer in any sense. Carter’s minutes are down this season as Ty Lawson has seen more playing time in Denver.
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RENALDO BALKMAN, small forward/power forward
Born: July 14, 1984 in Staten Island, New York
Drafted: 2006 by Knicks, first round (20th overall)
Prior teams: Knicks, Denver.
2010-11 season: 2.6 ppg., 0.4 apg., 0.8 rpg.
Awards and honors: 2006 NIT MVP while at South Carolina.
Scouting report: Decent wide-open jump shot shooter, though his value is on the defensive end. He has 159 steals and 101 blocks in 204 games (12 starts).
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COREY BREWER, small forward/shooting guard
Born: March 5, 1986 in Portland, Tenessee
Drafted: 2007 by Minnesota, first round (seventh overall)
Prior teams: Minnesota
2010-11 season: 8.6 ppg., 1.4 apg., 2.7 rpg..
Scouting report: Still just 24, Brewer had his best year in 2009-10, averaging 13 points per game. He took a step back this season offensively, but is still thought of as a strong defensive player. He has 89 steals in 56 games (22 starts).
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