Nazrmohamed wrote:Stannis wrote:He's 35 now. But has been abysmal for 3 years at least.god shammgod wrote:
he's 35. that might have something to do with it too.
the nerve of some of you to try to win this discussion by waiting until he's aged out of the league to say "see i was right".
Nobody else with that star power and connections ended their career so early unless they had a major injury, which Melo did not.
If we are going to say 32 is too old, then I don't know what to say.
His play style is what's aged. In skillset Melo is like 45. If the early 2000 lasted forever, Melo couldve played till 50. Its not like his athleticism is limiting him from doing anything he wants to do out there. Melos a vastly skilled player. As we speak there be few defenders who can stop him from scoring. Problem is if you score but took 6 seconds of the shot clock doing it at a low passing rate, based on current rules and coaching styles that defense already won the matchup, score or not.
So it's his mentality that is dated and idk if you could change that. I enjoyed watching him play though.
i think it's a combination of age and skill set as you say. if he could hit catch and shoot 3s at a good enough rate there would be a role for him but he can't. that's what they tried in okc. there are 2 guys from his draft class still in the league, lebron & korver. korver can't play d either but he can hit those 3s still. nobody wants mid range shooting no more unless you're an elite player and he's too old to be one.