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  1. As tainted as all the awards voting is, All-Star selections really stand out a poor barometer of play. He was definitely a great defender. As Niles above you said, he only received MVP votes in three years (the year he was 4th in voting was his one 1st team selection, one of the years 3rd team All-NBA existed). It is very likely he wouldn't have received many, if any, 3rd team selections even if they were available. Contrary to what you said, Melo has low turnover rates for a player with his usage. Last year there was only 1 player with lower turnover turnover rates and a higher usage rate (Kobe), the few years previous that really isn't a fair statement because his usage rate was so high, but the 5 years previous he was top 10 in usage rate in each of those years and only once was there a player in the top 10 in usage with a turnover rate lower than his (Aldridge a few years back). His assist rates are also right in line with average career numbers of other elite SF's not named Lebron that he has played against. Melo has played a fair share at PF, but very rarely in his Denver career playing alongside guys like Nene, Camby, Martin, and Andersen. His rebound rate doesn't seem to reflect his additional play at PF. McHale is probably hurt playing alongside Bird and Parish, but his career rebound rate is somewhere between average and poor for a PF, probably leaning towards poor as he played a good amount at center. Carmelo also played at a time where probably the two best forwards (2 of the best 3 for Bird fans) of all time played the entirety of his career, plus Durant, Dirk, and Garnett who have arguments for top 20 all time players, and Pau and Pierce are top 50 players. The early to mid 00s were the best time for forwards in the history of the NBA. He had much more competition for those All-NBA spots than McHale did. Win Shares are a good measure of a combination of efficient play and team success. Melo's teams haven't been nearly as successful as McHale's so it would make sense that his Win Shares would suffer. I also couldn't argue that McHale was more efficient. McHale did have the higher/better VORP but Melo has the higher PER (21.1 to 20.0). All around, I think they are a fair comparison of NBA impact/talent.
  2. I'm too young to have seen him play much and I have a grudge against Bill Simmons.
  3. By all-around, do you mean a better defender? McHale was certainly that, but he was hardly a good rebounder or passer. Melo is both a better passer and rebounder for his position than McHale was for his. Melo is the less efficient but more active scorer. Plus McHale was helped by playing against lesser talents as a 6th man for the majority of his career. He was also not recognized at the time as being a standout all-around player, as he only made a single All-NBA team (with 6 All-Defense and 2 Sixth Man awards).
  4. They took a while to get going that year (that was the year they started with AI then traded for Billups), but they finished the regular season going 14-3 then crushed the Hornets in the first round (including a 58 point win), handily beat the Mavs in the second round, then played the Lakers tight. They weren't a great team for the majority of the season, but by the time the playoffs rolled around and everybody was mostly healthy, they were a very good offensive team and an even better defensive team. Billups and Karl really had that team motivated.
  5. I'm still convinced that the Nuggets were a better team than the Lakers that series. Each of the first 5 games were very close and I remember the Nuggets outplaying the Lakers for 4 of those games but some bounces and fouls didn't go their way. Either way, even if it was all my homerism that makes me feel that way, the series was very competitive and the Lakers went on to handle the Magic fairly easily in the finals. The 2008 Nuggets were a contender.
  6. I agree that he's not a first ballot HOFer at this moment, but its not just the NBA HOF, it is the basketball HOF. He will be the first 4-time Olympic American player this year, likely with three golds and a bronze, he was an all-american and the best player in the tournament when he lead his team to the title his freshman year (had anybody else ever done that prior to Melo?), plus he has been a very good, if not great NBA player for over a decade. Unless he fades drastically, which would be a surprise given his size and skill set offensively, he'll end up in the top 10 in points scored or very close to it. When he is finally eligible for the HOF, I would be incredibly surprised if he doesn't make it.
  7. I'm not sure to which part of that you are referring to. If you are talking about Amare's HOF probability, you can read about Basketball Reference's method in that link. The only players with a higher probability that are HOF eligible that have not been elected into the HOF are Tim Hardaway (79%), Jack Sikma (87%), and Larry Foust (94%). I don't think Amare will get into the HOF, but their HOF probability thing is pretty accurate in that if a player has a high HOF probability, they are usually in the HOF. If you are referring to me saying that Howard, Curry, and Melo would probably all make it if they retired today, I've explained myself about Howard and Melo, and the case for Curry is even easier as he was the best player on a championship team, the best player on a runner up and he has two MVP's. There isn't anybody with that resume that isn't in the HOF. If it's Ginobili that is a joke, he's the best South American NBA player ever, he was the best player on the first international team to beat an all NBA US team, and has a gold and bronze medal in the Olympics. He's a shoo-in for the HOF.
  8. Carmelo is a 6 time all NBA player. Every player above him with 6 all NBA teams is either in the HOF or is going to be, except for the possible exceptions of McGrady (7 selections), and Howard (8 selections). Howard's case for the HOF is pretty stellar but he's trashed his reputation in the last few years. Howard is a 3 time defensive player of the year, 8 time all NBA as I mentioned (5 1st team), and 5 all defense. Personally, I think Howard probably deserves the HOF as it stands, and Melo will deserve it once his career is over. Howard was the 2nd best player in the NBA for a few years and a defense force for a half decade. Melo's longevity will give him elite counting stats and his all time great freshman year at Syracuse will give him a big boost.
  9. I don't think Harkless on that deal is a bad signing, but it seems like an awful signing for the Blazers. At this point they must just be signing all their own free agents in the hopes that they can flip them for some assets prior to next year's draft. The problem is they can't play everybody they have signed to increase their trade value. Either Harkless or Leonard, possibly both, are going to be completely out of the rotation killing their trade value. There is no hope of developing Vonleh, if he is even worth the effort, they've spent so much money on backup bigs that Plumlee's salary slot is gone, Turner is going to steal minutes from players that are more talented than him (all the perimeter players). They have had one of the strangest offseasons I can remember.
  10. According to Basketball Reference's HOF probability, he has a 73% chance. Of the 18 players higher than him, at least 13 of the players would make the HOF if they retired today (Curry, Melo, and Howard all probably make it, Westbrook and Harden probably don't). The only guy behind Amare that for sure makes it is Ginobili, but that takes into consideration his international play.
  11. When people ask me how tall I am, I tell them how tall I am barefoot. I hold NBA players to the same lofty expectations.
  12. It's probably not the black levels, I would guess its either a compression/bandwidth issue from the service provider, or banding (poor color gradient). ETA: If it is banding, a better TV would solve that problem, if it is a compression or bandwidth issue nothing is going to change with the new TV.
  13. Notoriously terrible finisher Ricky Rubio shot almost 52% at the rim. 5'5" Earl Boykins (probably closer to 5'3") shot 55% at the rim for his career. Mudiay who was about the worst bucket getter in the NBA shot 48%. To be fair, Basketball Reference has McCollum at 52%. I would guess league average is closer to 60% for guards.
  14. I thought DeRozan had a mediocre defensive reputation, I know they used to use him as the wing stopper with very little success in the past, but he seems like he should be passable defensively. One of the things that DeRozan does spectacularly well, is he doesn't turn the ball over for somebody that uses that many possessions (it has also been true of Melo and Kobe for most of their careers). I made the comparison as something of a joke a month or two back, but DeRozan is very much Kobe-lite. That is a surprisingly useful skill that has been pooh-poohed a bit in the modern NBA. Having a guy like DeRozan who will score moderately efficiently in bunches without turning it over is easy to build an offense around.