H20Knick wrote:Yes. Melo is that much better of a defender than Griffin, and the floor spacing in a Griffin/KP/Lopez lineup is absolutely atrocious. Griffin is athletic, sure.. but who knows how much longer that will last.
We have to stop loading up on frontcourt players. I beat the same deadhorse over and over again. Scrubs+Melo/Amare/Tyson didn't work. Scrubs+Melo/KP/Lopez isn't working. Scrubs+Griffin/KP/Lopez sure as fuck isn't going to work. If you want to do Griffin at 4 and KP at 5, that's fine, but take Lopez's $13mil and get us some guards.
Wrong, on the season Melo's defensive rating is actually higher than Griffin's... Sure, Melo gets matched up against more SF's but no player in the league exclusively guards their own position. Not to mention, more often than not Melo gets lit up the by the elite 3's, and he usually allows the lesser known players (the Giannis Antetokounmpo, Gordon Haywood's, Jae Crowder's, Kent Bazemore's, PJ Hairston's, etc...) to dominate the games against him. So, it ain't like he himself should be up for consideration for the all-defensive team. Anyway since defense ain't exactly their strong suit this entire argument is moot.
Spacing? What's the point in having good spacing if the team is neither effective nor efficient with it? The so-called spacing you desire with Melo on the court resulted in him shooting 25% from the floor last night. Matter of fact he's had a string of sub 40% shooting games this season which has him currently at his lowest field goal percentage since his rookie season. Between the two of 'em Griffin is obviously the more efficient player, and over the last two seasons in his quest to become a legitimate stretch-4 he's also become the better 3-point shooter... Knowing all this I just don't see how the argument for Melo (over Griffin) can be made.
As for our previous teams this years team is still under construction and being built around a rookie who is still in the early stages of his development. None of us know exactly what we have in Putback-P. For all we know he could develop into a guard-like bigman who'll be able to stretch the floor just as good, if not better than any of the elite guards in the game today. And if I'm presented with the option of adding one of the leagues best athletes to play alongside him I do it, then worry about the details later.