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Melo Is the New King
Melo provides the Knicks (as a small forward) the type of beastly and unconscious scoring that hasn’t been seen in these parts in decades. Sure others have tried: Charles Smith who by the experiment of former coach Pat Riley was shoved into that roll. Smith though was 6-11 and 250 pounds. That’s not considered small by any measurement. Then there was the super muscular Anthony Mason at 6-foot-7, was as wide as he was tall. Neither one of those player’s were as gifted and talented as scorers as King or Melo.
The Knicks did give up two promising small forwards in Wilson Chandler and Danilo Galinari, but that’s old hat now. Besides neither one had the scoring punch that Melo provides. And even if they were to average 20 points per game in a season or two or even three, there’s also a when you do the scoring that counts.
If you were to take all of the 20 point scorers in the league, how many of those scorers are truly game-on-the-line point producers. Kobe Bryant of the Lakers and Melo are the two best at closing out games with ten seconds or less. There’s nobody better at scoring the ball to win the game then the aforementioned gentlemen. And they do it dagger style.
They can post up, shoot the mid-range jumper and even shoot the 3-point shot. And speaking of 3-pointers, Melo has of late been deadly from out there. There have even been a couple of shots that he took and made from what seemed like Denver. His range is almost illegal and as Coach Mike D’Antoni said, “once he really gets that shot down he’s going to be dangerous.” As if he’s not already.
Melo puts fear in the hearts of his opponents. That makes a difference in the Playoffs when there’s a game to be won in a series. What was lost in the trade was a lot, but what was gained isn’t something that can be compared. You win games in the NBA with role players, but you win championships with stars. Melo is one of the biggest in the league.
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