Metta honestly has surpassed expectations on offense. He'll still have his bad games, but he's consistent to where he actually has good season numbers. That's more than what we can ask for from him based on how he played the last 2 seasons.
He's complete garbage now on defense though. Melo got everything he wanted so easily. It's been that way for players he's been defending all season. Ebanks did a better job on Melo than Metta did.
I'd like to see him mostly at PF. With the bigs on the roster and lack of wing players though, it's not possible right now.
Sorry for quoting myself.
His defense is just gone. I think his decline on that end is probably the single biggest problem of any single player on the team. The Lakers are relying on a now bad defensive player to be their defensive stopper.
It doesn't matter who the player is, he can't stay with his guy like he used to. He was already not very athletic when he came here. Now, he just has no chance when defending a quick wing player.