Originally Posted by LosScandalous
Elite level finisher at the rim
Is this a joke?
Last season, Melo shot .537 AT THE RIM and .477 on LAYUPS. How do you convert on less than 50% of your layups? In the playoffs, I'm sure he converted on less than 50% of his shots at the rim and less than 30% of layups.
Tony Allen, widely considered to be the worst finisher of the league, managed .569 at the rim and .524 on layups.
Compare that to James' .756 at the rim and .676 on layups. That is an 'elite finisher at the rim'.
Durant - .738 at the rim and .608 on layups.
Even 34 year old Kobe managed .693 at the rim and .635 on layups.
These are the perimeter scorers Melo is compared to. I know this is a troll thread, but Melo is an atrocious finisher at the rim. He is a good range shooter, but he does not have the best offensive arsenal in the NBA with respect to shooting. Even now - that belongs to Durant. And, lord, it's beyond an insult to compare him to the greats of the past.
When defenses keyed in on him in the playoffs, he was awful. He routinely shot his team out of games and played no part in 'ball movement'. People need to go revisit the playoff run he had.
I would take Paul George over Melo. The difference in defense between the two offsets the difference in offense where Melo is completely overrated imo. Sorry, he's a top 10 player in the league, but I don't want Melo on my team.