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Shepseskaf 11-11-2012 07:35 AM

Melo is the league's leading scorer
 
At 27.3ppg, Melo is now the leading scorer in the league. Kobe is second at 27.2ppg, and a fading Harden falls to 26.5ppg. Any bets on how far Harden will drop?

Melo is #1 in Usage % and #10 in PER.

Strong start for Melo, and if the Knicks stay solid for the season he should be a top MVP contender.

alenleomessi 11-11-2012 07:39 AM

Re: Melo is the league's leading scorer
 
24ppg for harden is realistic... i still think durant wins it though

Shepseskaf 11-11-2012 07:44 AM

Re: Melo is the league's leading scorer
 
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Originally Posted by alenleomessi
24ppg for harden is realistic... i still think durant wins it though

Agreed on both points.

lakerspng 11-11-2012 07:48 AM

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Melo will continue to be as long as amare is out.

Durant will start gunning for it though just as he did last season down the stretch and without harden scoring off the bench for them, he will probably take it.

Harden will settle in around 23 ppg

Kobe will probably come in second as he did last year but on much better efficiency... Much Much better efficiency.

Shepseskaf 11-11-2012 07:55 AM

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Originally Posted by lakerspng
Kobe will probably come in second as he did last year but on much better efficiency... Much Much better efficiency.

Why do you think he'll do that? During his prime years he shot between .430 - .450. Now, he's at .559.

Its gonna be hard for him to maintain that for an entire year, imo. Kudos to him if he ends up above 50%, though.

PyrrhusX 11-11-2012 08:01 AM

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Think Melo will win it this year.
Durant will settle at about 25ppg imo as he tries to make his game more rounded, he is passing a heap more this year and handling the ball too. Even though James is gone, KMart is replicating the scoring Harden gave us off the bench.

I feel JH will settle at about 23ish, Kobe will stay at about 27 but I feel his efficiency will drop as the season goes on. Kevin Love could also feature when he comes back from injury.

Melo -> Kobe -> Love -> KD -> Lebron -> Harden

pauk 11-11-2012 08:02 AM

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Nice, but means not much, Lebron and Durant are the best scorers in the game.

Durant/Lebron will score what is necessary in order to win right now, Lebron gave up on caring about PPG long time ago and it looks like Durant has to so far, Durant is also focusing on improving other facits of the game offensively (passing/playmaking) and other parts of his game, good for him...

This is because at the end of the day PPG doesnt matter, but winning does...

Vertical-24 11-11-2012 08:12 AM

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It's still to early to determine MVP contention but hey, I expect a stellar year from him. The team has been looking more than good and Melo has carried his momentum from the Olympics with him it would seem. He's shooting great, rebounding extremely well, not playing selfishly (albeit small assist numbers due to system), and the team is looking like a true contender. I just don't know if Amare will return and f#ck up the chemistry.

maybeshewill13 11-11-2012 08:18 AM

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Great start by Melo. I'm not sure who wins the scoring title this year..

Anyone who watches the Thunder has seen Durant being less aggressive shooting the ball this year. He's obviously made a conscious effort to round out his game and has been passing the ball a lot. I think he may average 25-26 this year and not win it.

Kobe has been pretty impressive, though I don't see him keeping at the efficiency level he's currently at. Hope he does though, I have him on my fantasy team. Wish he, like Durant, would cut their turnovers though.

Harden will drop to around 24 PPG.

Going to be close this year I think.

Rysio 11-11-2012 08:32 AM

Re: Melo is the league's leading scorer
 
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Originally Posted by Shepseskaf
Why do you think he'll do that? During his prime years he shot between .430 - .450. Now, he's at .559.

Its gonna be hard for him to maintain that for an entire year, imo. Kudos to him if he ends up above 50%, though.

lol at this. prime kobe shot between 45-47%.

Shepseskaf 11-11-2012 09:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Rysio
lol at this. prime kobe shot between 45-47%.

2002-03 - .451
2003-04 - .438
2004-05 - .433
2005-06 - .450

Clutch 11-11-2012 09:36 AM

Re: Melo is the league's leading scorer
 
It will surely be an interesting year. Durant and LeBron obviously won't score as much as they used to. One is basically coasting (LeBron) and the second one is making his game much more well-rounded (top5 in rebounds). Kobe now has more help so he maybe won't need to score as much.

So it's pretty tough to predict who will win the scoring title this year,I think Melo has a shot but I wouldn't say he's the leading candidate to win it.

bagelred 11-11-2012 09:43 AM

Re: Melo is the league's leading scorer
 
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Originally Posted by Shepseskaf

Melo is #1 in Usage % and #10 in PER.



He's 4th in PER.


Actually, looking at PER.....

Melo - 4th
Rasheed - 6th
J.R.Smith - 16th
Jason Kidd - 19th

Collie 11-11-2012 10:42 AM

Re: Melo is the league's leading scorer
 
If NYK make a top 2 or 3 seed, I can see Melo winning the MVP as a feel good candidate ala Rose 2 years ago.

swi7ch 11-11-2012 10:50 AM

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Amare needs to come back soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:


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