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Pierce or Carmelo?

RedsArmyAdmin December 2, 2008 Uncategorized 5 Comments

That is the question being posed on Dime Magazine.

Part of the argument for Paul:

P-Double is a warrior. Night after night this guy just gets it done. So much so that the two All-Star teammates that flank him just keep feeding him the rock in the clutch.  Unlike Anthony, Pierce demands the ball and can take over games. Leading Boston to their ninth straight win last night over Eastern Conference foe Orlando, Pierce scored 17 of his 24 points in the third quarter alone. With the game on the line, Pierce is like a bull in a china shop, barreling to the bucket for either the deuce or the foul.

Which is countered by:

The strongest pro-Pierce argument is his proficiency as a clutch scorer, but ’Melo is just as — if not more — adept at coming through in clutch situations. According to the number-crunching website 82games.com, which defines “clutch time” as “fourth quarter or overtime, less than five minutes left, neither team ahead by five points,” Carmelo put up 36.3 points per 48 minutes of clutch time last season, while Pierce averaged 20.2 points.

So… what do you think?  Who is better:  Pierce or Anthony?

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  • Matt

    This isn’t even debateable. Pierce is better than Melo. He’s been out of the first round and more importantly won a championship. Pierce plays defense, and has led the Celtics to two of the greatest comebacks in NBA playoff history.

  • Danno

    Dime Magazine.
    The only place where “Clutch” involves getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs every year of your career.

  • Jester00

    who has the ring nuff said…………. o yea what about game 7 vs the Cavs CLUTCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.dunkonu.com dunkonu

    What does better mean anyway? You can’t compare them, but if I’d have to choose one guy for my team to win now: I’d go with Pierce. If I’m going for the next 7-10 years, I’d go with ‘Melo.
    Anyway, Paul Pierce is the better player right now – no doubt about it.

  • Jp

    Being a fan is a funny thing. If ‘Melo was a Celtic and Pierce was a Nugget, we’d be praising our smooth Caramello as the best thing since Dove chocolate.
    I used to think Anthony was more hype than anything else, but then I looked at his game and his stats. He really is a hell of a player. He is stuck on an in between team that can’t quite get the right pieces to make something of themselves. (Well until our first round point guard made his way out there, and Nene finally got a chance to play)
    I’ve said before that I have not always been a fan of Pierce (until he won me over last year with his defense and less use of that ridiculous spin in the lane, that was one of the most predictable moves in the league I thought) but now I wouldn’t pick anyone over him (except maybe LeBron) and I think the whole debate is silly, wicked silly.