Raymond Felton is a great teammate. That, or he's a really convincing liar.
There’s a lot of guys who can score the basketball in this league. Kevin Durant, by far, is one of the top ones. Him and Melo could be neck-and-neck — those guys can score in a lot of ways. But Melo can score in more ways than KD, because Melo can post up, he can score off the dribble, he can score in the mid-range, he can score finishing at the rim, and he can shoot threes. You’re talking about a guy who has a total, complete game, and he’s big and strong — 6-8, big body, strong body.
Felton is fueling a debate that has ensued since Durant burst onto the scene. And typically, it's a battle the Durantula has won.
He's heralded as the second-best player in the NBA behind LeBron James and has three scoring titles to Anthony's one. Coupled with his superior efficiency—'Melo hasn't even come close to shooting 50/40/90—it becomes clear who the better scorer is.
Through the first six years of his career, Durant is averaging 26.6 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Somewhat similarly, Anthony posted 24.2 points on 46 percent shooting during his first six. Their numbers aren't that different.
Still, we're almost conditioned to doubt 'Melo because of how one-dimensional he is perceived to be.
This doesn't make Felton right, but does it make him wrong? Probably.
The most accurate of his assertions was the "neck-and-neck" bit. One could easily argue that if 'Melo isn't better than Durant, he's at least as talented.
And as the Wall Street Journal's Chris Herring posits, maybe there is a way in which you could argue Anthony is a better scorer than his counterpart—just not Felton's.
I suppose there are ways you could argue Melo is a better scorer than Kevin Durant. Just don't think Raymond articulated em that well there.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) August 20, 2013
Who is the better scorer?
Any evaluation of that kind would have to be number-crazed and include hours of video and a multitude of screenshots. Even then, there's no guarantee the findings would support Felton's claims. Durant could prove out of reach, and Felton's case certainly doesn't do enough justice to bring him any closer.
In that case, my sincerest apologies go out to 'Melo. For now, he'll have to settle for his one scoring title and the respect he has garnered from his starting point guard. Hopefully that's enough.