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One NBA season, one player: Amare or Melo?

Another choice of two:  Amare or Melo… in the same vein as the Kobe/Wade piece.

Which of the two players would you choose to play for your fictional team next season. You only have this player for one season and one season only. So, who ya got: Amare or Melo?

Don: Amare… or Melo.
Pick the guy that’s a one-way player who is an offensive dynamo but can’t play a lick of defense, or… pick the guy that’s a one-way player who is an offensive dynamo but can’t play a lick of defense.
Gee. I dunno.

But seriously, there’s more upside to Amare – and surprisingly his defense wasn’t completely and utterly last season. I thought that the Knicks often looked better when Melo wasn’t playing. I mean – taking Amare, this doesn’t mean he’d have to be my team’s centerpiece does it? Because that would suck. I think Amare’s a good 2nd, but as my primary? Ugh…

Rob: If I was looking to build a team around a guy I would pass on both of them.

However, if I’m looking for the guy who is going to give my team their best chance to win right now, I’m picking Amar’e. I can’t imagine a set of circumstances where ‘Melo is going to help my team make a run for the title.

For the sake of this argument I’m putting Amar’e on the Celtics roster. Doesn’t play much D? That’s ok, I figure he’ll get plenty of help. On the upside you have a high scoring, multifaceted, big body playing the C and providing additional options for the other guys on the floor.

Not even close on this one.

The consensus over at Hoops Manifesto was Melo.  Go figure…

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