We arent discussing mid range moves and aresenal. Kobe has that 2nd to none. Lets just say you are right about Kobe being the better shooter skill wise. Wouldnt it then behoove Kobe to take better shots thus making himself much more dangerous and efficient for the team? Serious bball question. Save the flaming for the kids.
Discussing who is the better shooter and taking smart shots is a different argument all together. Kobe is notorious for taking terrible shots, but he is the best at taking them and even with those bad decisions he will give you 45 percent from the field. Kobe has said it before when he is out there on the court all he sees is the rim and the defender. He is a scorer at heart and that is what he wants to do. Now for saying he is a ball hog just isnt true. MJ took more shots than Kobe but he never is called a chucker while many Kobe haters say he shoots way too much. Also Kobe and MJ have about the same APG% , which is the advance stat that estimated the percentage of shots they assist on when they are out on the court. They both have it around 25 percent most seasons. Melo has his at 15 percent, he is someone who really shoots too much in comparison to passing out of the double team.
Lebron puts up great numbers percentage wise from mid range because he is smart with his shots. How rarely do you see him drive from the top of the key and pull up from 17 feet with a defender in his face? Very rarely, Kobe on the other hand loves to take this shot because he is probably the most proficient player to ever take this shot. Lebrons jumpers come from players sagging of, but mostly being out of position by rotating their hips too much to guard against the drive and his pull up can be much less contested. Also seen in the finals sometimes teams just prefer to live with him shooting from there. Now his jumper isnt nearly as broke as it once was, but I still wouldnt wake up in the morning walk to the bank and put money on it. His midrange game has grown since he has been in the league, but to say he is a threat from midrange especially when the defense commits to his shot is just wrong. Just two years ago against the Mavs he was getting good looks left and right from mid range and the outside shot and his jimmy was broke. Even this past finals vs the spurs he showed at times going cold with good looks. Game 7 the spurs said you have to beat us with your jumper and he did. However, for a 7 game series I would take the jumper of Kobes to win a series over Lebrons any day of the week.
Stats will say whatever you want if you twist them enough. Im someone that doesnt make a judgement on a player until I watch a lot of tape on them. Lebron's mid range fg% is bloated, which isnt a bad thing, that just goes to show how smart he is when he plays. However, to just look at those stats and dare say he is as deadly as Kobe from Mid range is just stupid. Kobe was 34 this past season and lets not act like he hasnt lost a few steps from his prime self, teams know what he is gonna do and how he will operate out of the mid range game to get his points and he still shot 46% from the field this year.
Edited by PhillyLaker24, August 01, 2013 - 10:51 AM.