As much as I love LeBron and Melo, gotta put all favoritism aside.
1.) Rudy Gay.
2.) Lebron James.
3.) Danny Granger.
Personally I dont think Lebron deserves to be up there at all, Rasual Butler gets my vote
Okay but seriously now.
1.) LeBron James
2.) Kevin Durant
3.) Rudy Gay
I'm serious now lol.
It's not april fools day is it? If it is I understand.. Otherwise I'm sorry Scalabrine4MVP but you're a fool... And after I read your name I completely understood what kind of person would posted this..
and i gave you a +1..
3b) Rudy Gay
Melo is better than Rudy Gay will ever be. Melo is much much stronger and although he has had a rough stretch as of late is still one of the most elite scorers in the league.
Paul Pierce though? You're crazy.
Paul Pierce is good.. but I hate his demeanor on the court.. So whenever I can, I deny his existence...
Lol but i'm serious tho, that's how good James is
I think Melo's lack of passion when he plays now takes him out of the top three for now.
Couldnt agree more with @tjnewton5
Melo > Iguodala, Gay or Granger. Whether you hate him or not, his offensive skill set is top 5 in the NBA, he can score from anywhere. His defense will always be suspect, but Tyson Chandler does a good job of anchoring the D. Plus he rebounds well for the SF position.
And it's no contest.
Jackson Davis' list is right on. Say what you will about Melo, but the dude is an absolute beastly scorer. Think in a series, he completely outclasses any 3 man besides LeBron and Durant, the two best by a nice wide margin. People might actually get a kick out of seeing Melo/Durant's head-to-head's. Though 11 games (all with the Nuggets, has yet to play him with the Knicks for some reason), Melo is 10-1. He has averaged 29.6, 6.5 and 3.8 on 50% FG while Durant has gone for 26.8, 6.8 and 3 on 42% FG.
Granted, the last time they played each other was in January 2011 and Durant has improved tremendously. Plus, a majority of his wins were during Durant's first two years when the Sonics/Thunder were maybe the worst team in the league. Just was an interesting little factoid. One guy who people may be sleeping on and is still up there is Paul Pierce. Now, it has been a long known fact that for the past three or four years, LeBron James lights up Paul Pierce like Chinese New Year. Melo, not so much.
He had a couple strong games against Boston in the 2011 Play-off's, but P squared held his own against Melo. Plus, in the 3 contests this year, Paul Pierce went off on Melo. Anthony scored 28.6 ppg per contest (3 games), Pierce scored 35.7 (never less than 30). Meanwhile, LeBron and Durant have both been able to get the better of Pierce, just not Melo as of yet. Still have Melo ranked third in SF's, just may not be too fast to drop Paul Pierce behind Rudy Gay or Andre Iguodala just yet. Think those guys are the top 6, with LeBron and Durant getting a healthy space over everyone else. At least until Melo does work consistently against both players and just in general.
1) LeBron James
2) Kevin Durant
3) Carmelo Anthony
4) Paul Pierce
5) Rudy Gay
6) Andre Iguodala
7) Danny Granger
8) Luol Deng
9) Danilo Gallinari
10) Gerald Wallace
honorable mention: Nicolas Batum, Wilson Chandler
How can you put Wallace ahead of Batum when they just traded him to give Batum a better role?
Even though Carmelo has been in the league since 2003,he still havent shown what all he's capable of doing..Right now Durant is 2nd becuz he's gotten his team to finals,and that has labeled him a winner in the eyes of alot of people....Melo isnt far behind him,in fact on some nights might be better, becuz of his post game..And he can do everything offensively Durant can do.....And as much as i dislike Pierce becuz of his cocky & unsportsman like attitude when the Celtics are winning..Pierce is still a clutch player...
why are people taking rudy gay over paul pierce?
They feel like this will be the year Paul Pierce finally slows down. I know sometimes I even base ratings over projections when it is going into a new NBA season. Lets face it, Paul Pierce turns 35 in October, which in the modern era is usually an age where players are due for a considerable inevitable drop-off. Pierce has yet to do this, but his lack of "flash" and perceived downward age spiral are likely the reason.
Honestly, as of late the Pierce/Rudy debate is pretty close. I still go with Paul Pierce as well, but Rudy has had some modest success against lately head-to-head:
This is not the end all for one player be better than another, and as you see Paul Pierce has that 7-2 win record on his side (including winning both games last season), just something of note. Still, Paul Pierce has better All-Around statistics, not to mention 10 All-Star game appearances and a Finals MVP. The guy still gets it done and I think he is still 4th on the list (like your list by the way).
Just think the age factor probably has something to do with it, as well as Pierce not necessarily being seen as "the star" of the team with Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett. Rudy is an incredible athlete, the Griz's leading scorer (at least last season without Zebo) and seen as possibly being able to surpass Pierce with improved play and a season signalling the end of the Paul Pierce we have known for years. Hasn't happened yet, though. Going off last season, Pierce is still indeed better than Rudy Gay, by quite a bit as well.