check this out. i ran the stats for melo vs mkg in the two games. basically, mkg does not allow melo to get his shots in comfort.
what is more, is that mkg holds melo below his season avgs for shots in the restricted area (best sample size).
Last edited by Chef; 11-09-2013 at 09:21 PM.
Another very interesting point that these stats seem to bear out is that Carmelo gets very challenged by the young MKG and makes it a point to try and score. Every time MKG gets a steal or block on Melo, the next few times down the court he really goes at MKG hard. I was even thinking, especially in the 1st game, that this was the case and the stats seem to show the same thing (since he took more shots with MKG on the court but at a much lower %). Great to see!
In the last NY game, I was watching on TV and there was a timeout after Melo posted up Taylor and scored (2nd quarter I think - in a way where Melo just physically dominated Taylor). As the timeout was ending, you could see Ewing telling Taylor to be more physical. He said it several times. While I like Taylor as a defender in general and he is still growing mentally, this was a great example of the difference of the types of guys that Jeff and MKG can handle defensively. Melo got the best of MKG a couple of times but overall, he was physically up for the challenge. We would be in trouble if we were depending on Taylor to lock Melo down on a regular basis. I just don't see Jeff being physically up for the challenge.
Either way, this is a great conversation to be having about some of our young players!
In Cho I Trust!
Yeah, I think Jeff is a great "in space" defender, he is our best player when it comes to staying in front of people. However, when he is getting posted up he is pretty average
It may just be me but Taylor has been very disappointing in my eyes on this young season. He is way to streaky and when he misses a jumper he is missing really bad and that is allowing opponents to get started on the fast break a lot of the time.
Also you are right - he gets posted up by other SF's way to easily and usually gets dominated.