A threat is more like a guy like LeBron. LeBron drives to the basket, you get the hell out the way. Kinda too slutty to call Melo a threat. Guys challenge his shot and he gets block if the opportunity is there. Melo can get the ball in the hoop, but he hasn't done it accurately this season. A 6"8 230 lb SF shooting 40% and 30% 3pt is atrocious; no matter how you look at it.
Melo has been more perimeter oriented this season than working close the rim. And 1/3 of his offense coming close to the rim doesn't help the argument either because Melo still takes more shots AWAY from the point and the amount of points isn't a fair measurement because Melo is shooting pretty bad from those ranges. Either way, Melo's shot selection hasn't been good and could use improvement.
Melo is a ****TY 3pt shooter and overrated. He shoots 31% from 3PT. Thats below average for a perimeter player. His game is everything under the 3pt line. He shouldn't even be taking as many 3's as he normally takes. Its very Antonie Walkerish.(Not that extreme, but if you're not a 35% or more 3pt shooter, tone it down a bit and shoot more from the area you're more accurate it)
Good post, but Melo isn't the best player on this team this season. You may be underrating Chandler.
I wish Melo would drive more to the basket and use his jump shot as a secondary option. I also wish we had more shooters to surround Melo's penetration because Shumpert, Smith, Fields aren't those guys. At the same time Melo is easy to block because he lacks the LeBron James or Kevin Durant athleticism.