Originally Posted by ReggieKILLER
Well Paul George has 1 less scoring title, and more playoff success than Melo has (in Georges 3 years)
George is pretty inefficient, but are we really going to use Melo as a measuring rod for inefficiency?
Melo is an elite level scorer
George is an elite defender, an elite rebounder for his position, and a good passer. I never said he was the better #1 option, but he is definitely the better player
Paul George was extremely inefficient offensively
Paul George didn't even shoot 42 from the field last season, let that sink in. Melo as a 19 year old rookie shot higher than George last year and put up better numbers while leading his team to the playoffs. And no George hasn't had more playoff success than Melo has. Leading your team to the playoffs every year despite different and injured casts is hard to do. You are forgetting Melo went to the WCF in 2009 in a stacked West. Besides for Miami, the East has been a joke since D Rose got hurt. I would love to see the Pacers in the 2009 Western playoffs, they would get chewed up and spit out. The Thunder was the 8th seed in the West that year with a 50-32 record, seriously think about that.http://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2010.html
19 year old Rookie Melo vs 23 year old Paul George Last year
42.6 FG %
32.2 3P %
41.9 FG %
36.2 3P %
80.7 FT %
The fact that a 19 year old Melo was just as a good if not better than a 22/23 year old Paul George puts the nail in the coffin of your argument.
Yes we are going to use Melo as a measuring rod for efficiency because he is way better than George. Melo for his career has been over average in true shooting percentage despite scoring so many points. There is only 4 or 5 ballers on earth than can score as much as Melo while shooting above league average. Dude has a 25 ppg career average while shooting 45.6 from the field (George's career best was 45.3 fg % while scoring 7.8 ppg)
George is a borderline elite defender, if he is an elite rebounder than Melo is too because they have almost the exact rebound rate percentage. Melo (15.8 assist percentage) has has a higher career assist rate percentage so if George (15.4 assist percentage) is a good passer he is also. I have stats to back up everything I am saying, your claims are based in Melo hate and Paul George homerism. The only thing Paul George does better than Melo is play defense. Melo is an elite offensive talent with a great post game and handles. You don't find many 6-8 250 guys that can do what he can do.http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/g/georgpa01.htmlhttp://www.basketball-reference.com/players/a/anthoca01.htmlEdited by TheKingOfVa - 7/31/13 at 10:41am