It’s safe to say that the 2012-13 NBA season has been full of surprises. A couple of years ago, if someone told you that the New York Knicks would be one of the best teams in the league and a serious title contender, you probably would have laughed at them uncontrollably. But on February 22, 2011, the Knicks made an acquisition that has truly helped to reboot the franchise. In a deal with the Denver Nuggets, New York sent Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, a handful of future draft picks, and a cool sum of $3 million to the Colorado-based club.
In return, the Knickerbockers acquired Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman, and a forward by the name of Carmelo Anthony. Melo had been pushing for a move to New York for months, looking to rejuvenate his career. Although it took him some time to find his footing in the Big Apple, Anthony has since hit a streak of momentum, and is currently having what may be the best season of his career this year.
His first game in blue-and-orange would be against the Bucks on February 23, 2011. Debuting in style, Melo racked up 27 points and 10 rebounds, putting up a double-double. His sneakers at the time were the Air Jordan Melo M7, which featured a visible Max Air unit in the heel and a lightweight upper designed to offer flex on the hardwood. This model is no longer available from major retailers, but you may be able to track them down on eBay or at smaller sneaker shops. Alternatively, you can pick up the latest Jordan Melo sig, the M9, for $140 today.