Originally Posted by lamekilla
Melo's been playing second his whole NBA career. Now it looks like it's getting to him because it's obvious he's not gonna be the guy to lead a team to a championship, he's gonna have to be a second option but I can't help but wonder what if Melo came into the league a year earlier and he was crowned the "chosen one"? I mean its all subjective but maybe he would've had better pieces around him? I don't know, it was just coming out that draft I thought Melo was a wayyyyyyy more rounded player then lebron. It took about 2 seasons for that gap to close...
You're kidding right?
LeBron and Carmelo were virtually equal their rookie seasons. That's why it was so difficult to pick rookie of the year, and many people felt it should have been Carmelo or at least a co-MVP award between the two. They were equal as scorers, LeBron was the better passer and Melo was the better rebounder. How does that equal wayyyyy more rounded?
LeBron James rookie season 20.9 points per game, 5.9 assists per game, 5.5 rebounds per game
Carmelo Anthony rookie season 21.0 points per game, 2.8 assists per game, 6.0 rebounds per game
But as far as it taking a few years for LeBron to "close the gap," NO. LeBron was a far better player than Melo in just their second year. And Melo had the far better team.
LeBron 2nd season: 27.2 ppg, 7.2 apg, 7.4 rpg
Carmelo 2nd season: 20.8 ppg, 2.6 apg, 9.5 rpg
The only thing Melo consistently did better than LeBron was rebound.