Originally Posted by Rameek
I know the drop off is a lot. You dont see or pay attention enough to the small things when he plays. He boxes out he does go after rebounds. He does try to help defend. He does try to protect the rim. He just gets caught in LIMBO too many times because the players around him wont watch his back or they have no intention of rebounding or defending. When your next best rebounder is JR Smith and I dont really count Melo because he mostly great at getting his own misses.
The lack of balance as you call it isnt from Chandler. Its because the other players are 1 trick ponies that cant do anything else.
Before anyone says Hibbert manhandled him well thats true. Hibbert proved to be better than what people realized. Also if Chandler is out the game their are no other options behind him. He cant be that all out kind of fella on this team.
If you think Carmelo, jr smith, or Bargnani are 1 trick ponies you will be very pleasently surprised. The 1 trick ponies are Felton/chandler. To have them on the court they have to become option #1 offensively w their p&r. And then they both get in the way the rest of the possession.
Carmelo and jr both chuck from Iso because that's what they're used as. By a coach that hated them both personally and sabatoged them slightly (George Karl) and a coach (mike Woodson) too stupid to do anything different then use those guys in Iso and as primary ball handlers
The other guy besides Karl that Woodson just blindly follows and copies is d' antoni.
If Carmelo and jr both played the baseline instead of the perimeter they'd both be better and more efficient. You don't want jr handling too much and making dumb decisions? Then play him in the corner and off the ball. How has nobody ever tried it? How's Woodson too dumb to try it?
Jr smith should start games. Play off the ball, you would see the easiest 20 ppg and what you'd think is a totally different player
Play Carmelo on the baseline and you see a true legend. He could pass and rebound and potentially become great at both
Play Carmelo at sf on defense and center on offense.