I think the Knicks did well by getting Melo because having Melo, Stoudemire, Billups as your one, two and three scoring options sounds awesome.As for their defense, they probably wont be much good but with those three as your scorers they should score plenty more than most of their opponents. As for the Nuggets they did well by getting a "slew of players" as you said. Only the future will "show" how good the trade the nuggets was, but right now the trade looks a decent one.
Your a Trial Blazers Fan???? Pretty cool you like an up and up young team rather than a squad a veterans. Bulls, Trial Blazers, Thunder all have an outstanding young play makers and scorers. Those teams will definitely be in title picture as long as their stars don't move.