I think as a team, it's better because there's more support around the designated #1 option. Melo has Amare as the #2, while Dirk had Jet, Jet is more like JR with the Knicks. So offensively if the Knicks play their cards right, Melo should have stronger legs come crunch time in the 4th than Dirk did. Rotation wise, Brewer should be match with Deshawn and that alone, I think the Knicks have the edge there, as Deshawn played 12-14 minutes, while Brewer has more game to get more time. I think the key to this comparison is Kidd, can he duplicate what he brought for the Mavs that season in fewer minutes?