LeBron vs Melo

While most people would love to see a LeBron James vs Kobe Bryant NBA Finals, I believe it’s more likely we’ll see a LeBron James vs Carmello Anthony Finals. The match up will pit the 2003 #1 overall pick against the 2003 #3 overall pick.While the Lakers have the best record in the West, the ‘Thuggets’ have more similarities right now to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the NBA’s best team. The Nuggets are the only team out West that has handled its competition similarly to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland has a perfect post-season record, Denver is a close second with only two losses (both of those losses came on the road and were very close).A big part of Cleveland’s success is derived from its great team chemistry. Denver similarly has great team chemistry right now. Chauncey Billups is the biggest reason the Nuggets haven’t fallen apart and killed each other. Instead, there is a tremendous camaraderie in that locker room.While Billups is the biggest reason for Denver’s success, some credit is due to the other addition this year, the Bird Man. While I can’t stand to look at Chris Anderson, with his crazy tattoos and wild hair, he has sparked the Nuggets front court to play tough, hard-nosed consistent defense.While LA probably has more raw talent than Denver, the Nuggets are playing tough, intimidating defense with guys from every position that can score double digits any given night. If Carmello can keep his cool, he is one of the best pure scorers in the NBA and can lead his team to the NBA finals.I don’t like the Lakers or the Nuggets, but unfortunately one of them will advance to the finals. The way these teams are playing right now, it’s likely the Nuggets will advance to the Finals and see two of the top draft picks of that magical 2003 draft class battle for the championship. And unfortunately, Melo will get most of the credit although it should be directed toward Denver’s home town hero, Chauncey Billups.

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