Re: If AI and Melo were so good....
Neither one played defense. Or were responsible appropriate team leaders.
Who takes a guy with conrows and headband serious in their late 20s and 30s as a leader? What are you still trying to audition for thug life rap videos?
Iverson gambled and got into passing lanes to get a lot of steals however. AI was def the superior player. Even when on the same team. Not overrated at all.
Just ran into a better all time individual player in the Mamba and met a buzz saw of a prime Kobe / Gasol and PJ coached Laker team in 2008.
Same team swapped out Iverson for a far more defensive minded and game management true all star PG in Billups only to lose to the same Kobe Laker team the very next year in the conference finals.
Wasn’t exclusively Iverson (who was past his prime in ‘08 but still putting up a whopping 26 ppg as teams leading scorer and 7 apg) fault and then the very next season dropped off a cliff and basically out of the NBA.
Melo has always been more culpable even in prime than folks were willing to admit.
Kobe / Gasol was a better duo than Iverson / Melo. To answer your question. They played defense and complemented each other’s styles.
The other pair? Not so much.
Melo / Billups was more complimentary just less level game dominance, influence and natural talent.
Last edited by SamuraiSWISH : 05-25-2019 at 01:53 PM.