Monday, November 1, 2010

Stop Smoking Weed, Bill Walton

Sorry about the required sourcing, but we clicked on this tweet from @yardbarker "Bill Walton: Carmelo Anthony is not 'a great player' http://bit.ly/diYRZc (via @BallJunkie_com)", linking to this post from something called BallJunkie.com.

We haven't really done a lot of basketball talk here.  March Madness isn't nearly enough.  Here's a bit of  Nate Tunyce's Bill Walton/Carmelo Anthony post:
"When asked on ESPN radio about what he thought about Anthony and Stoudemire possibly joining forces Walton frankly stated,
"Carmelo, to me, does not have what it takes to be the great player. He puts up nice numbers, he makes a great salary, the media, publicity all likes him, but does he win the games? Does he make the squad better? Does he pull guys together?
It hasn’t happened in Denver at all. I’m a big Amar’e Stoudemire fan, I will hold my tongue on Carmelo."
Wow, that’s holding your tongue? Sheesh ..I wonder what he says when he actually SPEAKS HIS MIND."
"Move it or lose it, punk."
Could it be that Bill Walton is jealous of Carmelo Anthony?

Carmelo Anthony and Luke Walton both entered the NBA seven years ago. Carmelo famously was drafted 3rd overall in the '03 draft; Luke was drafted 32nd Overall.  A quick look at the highlights of the 2003 draft:

Pick # - Player
"Man, I like it in New York."
1. LeBron James, Cavs
2. Darko Milicic, Pistons
3. Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets
4. Chris Bosh, Raptors
5. Dwayne Wade, Heat
...
9. Mike Sweetney, Knicks

The Knicks could have drafted David West or Josh Howard, but that's just talk with the benefit of hindsight.  Besides, in the long list of New York Knick fiascos of the past dozen, or so, years, Michael Sweetney is under the fold.

For what it's worth, Carmelo Anthony has 49.2 career Win Shares (from basketball-reference).  Luke Walton has 13.3 career Win Shares.  Last season, Walton and the Lakers won another championship, but Walton only attributed 0.3 Win Shares AND was a negative in the postseason with 0.0 WS and negative -0.018 WS/48.  Carmelo has 0.5 WS for the three games he's played so far this season.  Luke had 0.3 in 29 games last season.

Win shares are usually more of a baseball thing, but I mean, does Bill Walton have any constructive criticism for his boy, Luke?

Carmelo Anthony won an NCAA championship and has been a very good NBA player.  He has averaged over 20 points per game his entire career.  He took his team to the Western Conference Final in '09.

Carmelo can't help that the NBA is Fixed.

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