Do you have the NBA Lockout blues? We feel your pain and have a cure for you. The Hoops Manifesto has gathered together Bloguin's best basketball writers for a new feature called: The Jump Ball. We toss two current NBA players into the air and ask the simple (yet complex) question: 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: Amar'e Stoudemire or Carmelo Anthony?
Consensus: Carmelo Anthony
"I'm going to go with Carmelo Anthony, hgowever I don't necessarily feel like he is a better player than Amar'e Stoudemire. They are actually very similarly skilled players (great scorers, weak defenders) but if I was ranking "best players" I'd have STAT over Melo. However, I'd pick Melo for my team over STAT because being a weak defender in the post is a far greater sin than being a weak wing defender. Stoudemire just doesn't rebound or defend on an elite level, which is what you look for from a "superstar" big man. So I'll take the lesser of two evils, Carmelo Anthony. However, despite what their pay stubs say, neither guy is a player you can build a NBA championship team around." - Jeff Fox
"Give me Carmelo, because he's an elite scorer that can create his own shot. He might have a high usage rate, but he can create. He's also a very good rebounding small forward, while Amare is an average at best rebounding PF/C. Amare is very good on the offensive end, but his defense is average and for his size, he's not a good rebounder." - College Wolf
"Carmelo: Neither guy can play defense, but Melo has a lot more going for him than Amar'e. He's the more explosive scorer, more willing player to improve his game, the better seat-filler and the one who has shown he wants to carry the team more to victory. In other words, Melo plays more like the franchise player while Amar'e would rather be a super role player."- Ezra
"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 Amar'e- and surprisingly his defense wasn't completely and utterly horrible 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..." - Don
"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." - brumbygg
Previous Jump Balls: Kobe vs Wade
I was very close to saying I wouldn't take either of them and leaving it at that. I'd take Gasol over them both.
I get the feeling that to most contributors picking between these two guys kinda felt like picking which type of cancer you have to get!
@brumbygg I would take Darko over everyone.
@BonK I think he'd take Gasol over both combined. Maybe if you add Landry Fields and Billups, then he might.. But probably not.
@BonK Good question. I've been trying to figure out a player to make up Gasol with in this debate.
@Jeff Fox Concur
@Jeff Fox Yep, pretty much.
@TPGBlog So the Knicks thinking they're both worth max money makes sense then.
@Jeff Fox About as much sense as thinking both guys should be in the same team together.