Carlos Delfino Vs. Linas Kleiza: Who Is the Deadliest Warrior? Part Deux

Brad NortonCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2009

It's Part Deux of the Carlos Delfino Vs. Linas Kleiza Deadliest Warrior saga. This time around we're covering Kleiza, and it's going to be in French...

Just kidding.

Let's get started, shall we?

It's a battle of the combo guard-forward vs. combo forward-forward, SG/SF vs. SF/PF, Kleiza vs. Delfino. Who will come out victorious?


Linas Kleiza's season stats are as follows:

2005-06 season: team: Denver Nuggets, 3.5 PPG, .2 BPG, .2 SPG, 1.9 RPG, .2 APG played 61 games out of 82 and averaged 8.5 minutes a game.

2006-07 season: team: Denver Nuggets, 7.6 PPG, .2 BPG, .4 SPG, 3.4 RPG, .6 APG played 79 out of 82 games and averaged 18.8 minutes a game.

2007-08 season: team: Denver Nuggets, 11.1 PPG, .2 BPG, .6 SPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.2 APG played 79 out of 82 games and averaged 23.9 minutes a game.

2008-09 season: team: Denver Nuggets, 9.9 PPG, .2 BPG, .4 SPG, 4 RPG, .8 APG played 82 out of 82 games and averaged 22.2 minutes a game.


Per 36 minutes it looks a little something like this:

2005-06 season: 14.8 PPG, .9 BPG, .7 SPG, 8 RPG, 1 APG

2006-07 season: 14.5 PPG, .3 BPG, .7 SPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.1 APG

2007-08 season: 16.8 PPG, .4 BPG, .8 SPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.8 APG

2008-09 season: 16 PPG, .3 BPG, .6 SPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.3 APG


During the playoffs it looks like this:

2005-06 POs: 2 PPG, 1.3 RPG, .7 APG; played three games and averaged 3.6 minutes.

2006-07 POs: 1.6 PPG, 1.6 RPG, .4 APG; played five games and averaged 13.2 minutes.

2007-08 POs: 14 PPG, 6.5 RPG, .8 APG; played four games and averaged 30.5 minutes.

2008-09 POs: 6.9 PPG, 3.2 RPG, .5 APG; played 14 games and averaged 15 minutes. 


His career averages are the following:

Per game: 8.3 PPG, .2 BPG, .4 SPG, 3.5 RPG, .7 APG

Per 36 minutes: 15.8 PPG, .4 BPG, .7 SPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.4 APG

Playoffs: 6.4 PPG, 3.2 RPG, .5 APG


Now for the YouTube clips:



He has good size and strength for a wing, much like his teammate Carmelo Anthony, and he fits well with the Nuggets' system, which is the same as the Raptors' run n' gun. He has really good range and uses his size to his advantage on both defence and offence.



He still has a long way to go if he wants to be relied on for 30-plus minutes a game. He lacks the speed to keep up or get past other wingers, and he really doesn't help at times with weak defense. 


Before you guys make your decision, take into account that Delfino will be 27 and Kleiza 25 this year. Delfino is a better defender, and I think they're just about the same as far as rebounds. But as of now, Kleiza is the one who is more efficient with his range and has more power, and they're both very intense players.

By stats, I'm pretty sure Delfino wins. But by potential and maturity, who knows?


Don't forget to say who and why in the comments section, please. I've also made improvements to the Carlos Delfino article.