While both players are/were great pure shooters, the biggest differences between them are shot selection and decision-making. While King had a terrific midrange touch, he rarely passed up an opportunity to improve his position on the floor, while Anthony's biggest weakness has always been a tendency to launch contested jumpers. Also, while Anthony still tends to pound the rock too long in isolation, undermining his ability to better those around him, King either made his moves immediately or passed it off.
The above is from the thread comparing Melo to Bernard King and this video underscrores all the above points. You know Kiya is going to blast Melo if he sees this video. He took a ton of contested jumpers, quite a few off of double teams, you can see where Melo gets his deserved rep as a ball hogging iso player from. If you look at videos of Kings 60 point game and his 2 50 point games he seldom took a shot longer than 12 feet in those games, Melo loves the 3 in his big games.
Best mid range shooter in the league
I dont have to watch the video .. Im a Orangemen-fan from way back.
ISO-Melo's Game has not change much from his Syracuse daze .. ISO-scoring ....
Yeah, Melo will do his best to outscore everyone in a game, butt it takes a TEAM to bring the CHIP to New York...
u damn right I cheered big time ..
then I wonderded why Melo was not picked first in the draft, we all seen little of this HS player Lebron James other than Lebron's classic take over in the Mcdonalds Games.
The Talk on Lebron was big butt Melo won the NCAA Championship MVP .. O.K Lebron was a resident of Cleveland.
When Melo wasnt picked first, my expectation was Melo will b the 2nd picked because Detroit was in need of a scorer in a bad way. Especially when it was their frontcourt bigmen DEFENSE that help them come back in the first round to win a series they were down 1-3 vs Magics HC Doc Rivers & T-Mac a month before the draft. Butt Detroit selected a Euro-player center Darko Millicic with the 2nd pick over the NCAA Championship MVP Melo, when Detroit only had one SF on their roster they selected the previous season with their 23rd pick a athletic defensive 6.9 Tayshan Prince going into his 2nd season in the NBA.
And if anyone ever watched Marquette in 2002, knew 6.4 SG D.Wayne Wade who covered 3 position well on offense/defense was automatically the 2nd pick in the 2003 draft class.
The 17-65 record Denver Nuggets GM Kiki Vandeweigh was not expecting the NCAA Championship MVP player Melo to be available at the 3rd pick.
When Melo join the Denver Nuggets the team had no system, no style, and no PG to run the backcourt.
So drafting Melo had GM Kiki Vandeweigh in the 2003 offseason sign PG-Miller, PG-Earl Boykins, and SG-Barry, to go with the previous roster of SG-Lenard, PF-Birdman, C-Nene, and C-Camby relentless defense to win 43 games with rookie Melo's 42% fg shooting doing all the scoring throughout the 2003-4 season.
When Melo became a Knicks .. the Knicks also had no-system, no style, and no PG to run the backcourt.
The Knicks 2010-11 system was based on 30 plus minutes performance from HC Dantoni's small-rotation of Felton, W.Chandler, Gallo, Amare, 2nd season Douglas, and rookie Landry Fields.
Melo needs to incorporate his game with meaningful team play. If he can do that, with the right pieces around him there's nowhere we can't go.
For instance: Can we see one season from Melo where he averages 5 or more assists?? This would go a long way.
Best in the game...from the mid-range that is. With a mid-range game as skilled as his, he easily adds about 3-4 extra years of dominance in the same way Ray Allen's three point shooting still makes him a meaningful player. There's a reason why guys that really work on their craft stick around in this league while guys like Allen Iverson are watching games on TV like we do.
Melo is a beast from anywhere on the court but if he gets you on high block its goodnight sweetheart.
I really hope he continues with the mvp performances this season and leads us to the promise land.
I hate to break the bad news to u but ISO-Melo ball-hoggin and poor-poor defense will never let his performance spell MVP.
Prime example .. when ball-hoggin Kobe Bryant lead the Lakers in scoring every game during a season the Lakers have a poor postseason, and Kobe is skipped over as the MVP.
The last three seasons, u could never guess which player on the Miami Heat roster will lead the team in scoring in any single game.
If the Knicks play 10 games guess who leading the scoring in all 10 games? ISO-Melo, which is considered selfish ball-hoggin.
He may of ended the season that way but dont forget that it was Melo that got us to where we are, and out of 10 games where Melo leads us in scoring if we win all 10 of thoses game then i dont see the problem.
u left out the return of the master HC Phil Jackson, who put the ball in the hands of a return Derick Fisher to do all the decision-making on offense, where Bynum, Odom, and Gasol all had plenty of games where they were Lakers highest scorer in alot of single games. Kobe was the closer of games, not a ball-hogger of all 4 qtr that made Shaq leave the Lakers, and HC JAX write a book about. .
In those 3 seasons Kobe never went 5 straight games being the Lakers highest scorer in all 5 games .. TEAM-BALL wins Champion-Chips...