Ryan Feldman over at ESPN.com breaks down the numbers to see who’s having the better season, Carmelo Anthony or Kobe Bryant. With both guys having pretty fantastic seasons, there’s not much room between them, though he notes that it’s Anthony who’s come up bigger in crunch time:
When the game’s really on the line, it’s the same story. Carmelo has shot a better percentage on game-tying and go-ahead shots in the final 24 seconds of the game in each of the previous two seasons. Last year, Carmelo shot 4-of-8 on those shots, while Kobe shot 3-of-15.T
That minuscule body of work is probably not be the best way to distinguish the two players, but if you’re looking for a distinct edge, your eyes might wander to the standings, where Carmelo’s Knicks are sitting comfortably on top.
You certainly can’t go wrong with either one, but New York will gladly take the guy just hitting his prime over the one fighting the good fight against father time.