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