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Who to draft?

The case for Melo: Anthony set a career high last season in three per game (1.0). He averaged 27 points, 4 assists and 1.8 steals in 16 playoff games. He finished 9th in the league in free throws attempted (7.1) shooting 79%. Melo dropped 45 points against the Pacers over the weekend in China and looks to be one of the top small forwards selected.

The case against Melo: Even though he elevated his scoring output in the playoffs he averaged just 22.8 during the regular season. This was his lowest production since 04-05. His field goal % has declined each of the past three years. For Melo to have second or third round value he needs to average over 7 boards and 4 assists.

The case for Martin: Martin finished 2nd in free throws attempted (10.3), 5th in three per game (2.3) and  7th in the NBA in points per game (24.6). He has increased each of the three areas over the past three seasons. He also averaged 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and shot 86% from the foul line. With the injury to SF Francisco Garcia, K-Mart could play some SF which would expand his position eligibility.

The case against Martin: Martin has only played in 80 or games once in his five year career. He has missed 53 games over the past two seasons due to injury. Last season he shot just 42% from the field which was his lowest since his rookie season. Also he does not contribute many assists as he has averaged 2.3 over the past three years.

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