Fantasy Faceoff: Melo vs Kev Mart

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IOctober 13, 2009

DENVER - MAY 29:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets moves the ball in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers at Pepsi Center on May 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Who to draft?

The case for Melo: Anthony set a career high last season in three pointers per game (1.0). He averaged 27 points, four assists and 1.8 steals in 16 playoff games. He finished ninth in the league in free throws attempted (7.1) shooting 79 percent. Melo dropped 45 points against the Pacers over the weekend in China and looks to be one of the top small forwards selected.

The case against Melo: Even though he elevated his scoring output in the playoffs he averaged just 22.8 during the regular season. This was his lowest production since 04-05. His field goal percentage has declined each of the past three years. For Melo to have second or third round value he needs to average over seven boards and four assists.

The case for Martin: Martin finished second in free throws attempted (10.3), fifth in three per game (2.3) and seventh in the NBA in points per game (24.6). He has increased each of the three areas over the past three seasons. He also averaged 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and shot 86 percent from the foul line. With the injury to SF Francisco Garcia, K-Mart could play some SF which would expand his position eligibility.

The case against Martin: Martin has only played in 80 or more games once in his five year career. He has missed 53 games over the past two seasons due to injury. Last season he shot just 42 percent from the field which was his lowest since his rookie season. Also he does not contribute many assists as he has averaged 2.3 over the past three years.