Clyde_Style wrote:god shammgod wrote:Clyde_Style wrote:
No, he's just exceedingly bad at playing team ball.
And that's a psychological problem, not a talent one.
team ball has absolutely nothing to do with why melo isn't in the league now. at all. he barely got the ball once he left here to do anything with. he didn't even have the opportunity to be selfish. he was mostly a catch and shoot 3 point player and he just didn't hit enough 3s. it's not his mentality or anything like that. he has to be a stretch 4 now and he's just not efficient enough in that role. everyone talks about olympic melo but that was only a few games where he was hot from 3. he's older now and he couldn't do that for a whole season.
All he did was not hit enough threes, otherwise he was eager to do whatever the team wanted in OKC, is that right?
yes, i watched them quite a bit. did you ? here's a guy who covers the thunder for a living. maybe you'll believe him.
As we try to figure out how Melo fits in Houston, I guess we should start with this question: Why didn't it work in OKC?
Young: There's a lot to unpack when it comes to Melo's adjustment with the Thunder, but the simple answer is this: He didn't shoot the ball well. The "why" is the question, whether that was comfort, teammates, role, system or something else.
But one thing that always needs to be mentioned as a baseline: He effectively chose the Thunder. He waived his no-trade clause to join them, so it's not as if he was traded into a situation he wanted no part of. He understood up front he would be changing positions full-time to power forward and he knew he would have to approach the game at least slightly different.
He came to Oklahoma City with somewhat of the expectation that combining with Russell Westbrook and Paul George would form a superstar triad where shots were evenly distributed and scoring averages stable all around. They spent the entire training camp and first month of the season repeating to each other "you be you," but probably through gritted teeth, Anthony realized the Thunder didn't need him to be him anymore.
With the Rockets, Melo entered with a different mindset from the outset, being willing to come off the bench. It doesn't seem like he sees himself on equal footing with Harden and Paul, but more of the complementary piece OKC envisioned.
Like the Thunder, the Rockets are hoping to unlock "Olympic Melo," the near-mythical catch-and-shoot stretch 4 monster who feasts on open looks. He tried to be that guy in OKC, but just wasn't very good at it.
He took and made more 3s than in any year in his career: 42 percent of his shots were catch-and-shoot, up from 29 percent his last season with the New York Knicks. He was taking half the number of pull-up jumpers, fewer midrange shots and few isolation jab-stepping jumpers. Fifty percent of his shots came off of no dribbles, compared to 39.8 percent the season before.
But here's the striking number: On open 3s, he shot only 30.5 percent, and 37.8 percent on catch-and-shoot 3s. Most of those numbers align with how it has gone in Houston so far, and obviously the Rockets feel that in their system, with their players and possibly a better chemistry recipe, he can do better.
what's funny is, this is even a worse indictment of melo. as just not good enough at shooting the basketball to be in the league anymore. but this doesn't fit your narrative so you just don't want to believe it.