Carmelo’s 1st Round Record: 6-32 with only 1 (ONE) first round series win in his 9 appearances.
For a guy that likens himself to the Lebrons of the world he sure doesn’t have the playoff results to even be in the conversation of legit franchise players. For comparison’s sake, in Melo’s 9 playoffs appearances he’s played a total of 53 games. Everybody’s favorite punching bag Bron Bron has made the playoffs 7 times and has played in 93 games.
The receding-hair-lined one may falter a little more than he should in the biggest moments but he’s at least put himself and his teams in position to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Melo doesn’t even get to see the shine off the trophy, save 1 playoff run in 2009.
Looking back at all Melo’s playoff appearances since he entered the league (see below), you can see he’s been the higher seeded team 3 times and only got out of the 1st round once. I have no idea how you can position yourself as part of the NBA’s elite when you get bounced from that Clippers team in 2006.The same Clippers team that had the likes of Cuttino Mobley, Shaun Livingston (pre-injury), and Corey Maggette logging heavy minutes. That 2010 Jazz team had a good group but Melo got out-superstarred by a player in Deron Williams no one ever mentions in the top echelon (that’s another debate).
Taking it 1 step further, the Denver Nuggets have won 3 playoff games post-Melodrama era and they are still alive this year. Just like the “ball don’t lie”, the numbers don’t lie either.
- (3) Denver Nuggets vs. (6) Los Angeles Clippers (Really Melo?)
- (3) Boston Celtics vs. (6) New York Knicks
- (4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Denver Nuggets (Nuggets won 1 to Melo’s 0)
- (3) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (6) Denver Nuggets (Nuggets still alive after forcing the series to go at least 6 games)