Melo is just an example of how analytics only tell part of the story. All players don't have to be all things. He slots in well to his role in Portland and he is seemingly a net positive in the locker room. If Denver had won a title nobody would focus on his inability to be a great defender. He's a 17 year veteran so I don't think anybody sees this as another long arc on his career. Fans are just happy to see him leave on his terms when it's all said and done. People harp on Melo but nobody was calling Vince Carter washed because he wasn't dominating his last few years in the league. We accepted Vinsanity got old (Wade too at the end). We hold Melo to the impossible timeless standard of Lebron in our expectations of his performance. I think you make it clear here that Melo is great and aging as gracefully as an inefficient scorer can.

Even when Melo was avg. 13pts and 5 rebs at his worst...I'd take that over the mess I watch in New York. I thought he was undervalued in OKC and a scapegoat for a bad coach in Houston (who was also a bad coach in New York and wasted some of the best Suns teams of all time). D'antoni will do his usual playoff disappearing act here soon so no worries on that front. (sorry I am a bitter Knicks fan....)

All that said, great write up. It's neat to see the numbers and I hope Portland makes some noise.

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