So i’ve been able to log a good amount of games with Melo and here’s what I think about him.
Pure Scorer - The guy can score from literally anywhere on the court. Low post, high post, mid range, 3pt.
Quick Release - I put this as a strength because once you get it down, you can hit contested shots with him fairly easily. You can run him off of screens and his release is so fast that the defense hardly ever closes out in time.
Animations - This kind of ties into the second point but not just his jumpshot, but his post fade, sizeup and stepback animations are all really good. His post fade creates so much space that you have to jump to actually contest it.
Strong - The dude is just a tank and can bully most SG/SFs down in the post. I finished all dominations by posting up with Melo and dropstepping for easy buckets.
Bad Defender - I’ve seen him get caught up on screens way too easily, get blown by, get scored on close to the rim. He’s really not a good defender. Now he does have good strength(80+) so that helps him a bit when it comes to bumping. But off ball, he’s just bad.
Low Driving Layup - Its not really a weakness but he can blow some layups around traffic if he’s driving. I’d just stick to using him the way he’s supposed to be used…which is scoring in mid range, 3pt and post up scenarios. This game is already tough on slashers so don’t try to turbo your way to the rim with Melo.
All in all, amazing card. Still the most fun card I have at the moment.(Just got PD Duncan so we’ll see). Melo is just PURE SCORER. Probably the toughest card to guard right now in the game. Even when other diamonds come out, im still gonna keep him on bench just for offense when i need it.
Pink Diamond Tim Duncan Review and highlights coming next.