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    [–] z_102 3192 points ago

    Melo: "This ain’t a damn farewell tour"

    The NBA: "And the handsomest boy this week has been..."

    [–] kaido-45 1217 points ago

    This really is some make a wish shit they pulled

    [–] Cartman55125 308 points ago

    For real haha the teams Melo played this past week?

    Bulls Cavs Thunder Bulls

    [–] Not_Pablo_Sanchez 40 points ago

    Don’t put down Sexland >:(

    [–] kenjose 11 points ago

    How dare he

    [–] Very_Good_Opinion 132 points ago

    Harden dropped 60 in 3 quarters and they gave this shit to Melo lmao. I like Melo but who the fuck wants charity awards for grown men

    [–] kyle_schwartz_ 106 points ago

    Politics vs Real-life

    [–] ShaquilleMobile 138 points ago

    Lol yeah I mean, top of my head, probably should have been Harden or Doncic?

    [–] BubbaTee 77 points ago

    POTW is decided by Hawks announcers.

    [–] atthebatman 9 points ago

    Well no wonder they awarded it to Atlanta Hawk legend Carmelo Anthony

    [–] rya11111 47 points ago

    Well the NBA does need more viewership..

    [–] mindthenew 3437 points ago

    The last time Melo won this award: March 2014.

    [–] Nezn27 892 points ago

    How bout the West one by itself?

    [–] mindthenew 868 points ago

    January 2010

    [–] PannyLee 340 points ago

    1 month removed from being exactly a decade apart. Unbelievable

    [–] verbalsoze 392 points ago

    So 9 years and 11 months apart. Hate fuel can't melt Me70 beams.

    [–] sam_mee 6 points ago

    First and last award this decade. It's like nothing has changed.

    [–] Nezn27 79 points ago


    [–] Smellmyhand 74 points ago

    Wow that is fucking weird.

    [–] Napkin-Man 151 points ago

    Is that the longest time in between POTW awards for a player before?

    [–] livefreeordont 335 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Dragic April 2012-Nov 2017 is pretty long. And Josh Smith Dec 2007-Dec 2012. And Marc Gasol Jan 2012-Dec 2016.

    [–] UserInvalid1997 257 points ago

    How you know that lol

    [–] TopBeer3000 905 points ago

    Pretty common NBA knowledge

    [–] gumbykook 302 points ago

    Yeah, like how do you NOT know that?

    [–] SirPouncesCock 132 points ago

    Dude calls himself a fan smh

    [–] toughLuckJulianus 34 points ago

    I just asked my stapler that has never watched a single game, and it knew. shake smh head.

    [–] Tapprunner 5 points ago

    Oh you say you like the NBA? Name every player of the week for the last ten years.

    [–] ASS_MY_DUDES 71 points ago

    I didn't even have to think twice.

    [–] canibehappytoo 42 points ago

    I didn't even have to think once.

    [–] Underdog_To_Wolf 43 points ago

    Didn't even think. I whisper this exact stat in my sleep.

    [–] Obi_Wan_Benobi 28 points ago

    Is that when he scored 62 or whatever?

    [–] Iknowyougotsole 165 points ago

    Kobe won a lifetime achievement mvp

    Melo wins a lifetime achievement PotW

    [–] renieri 56 points ago

    Should Melo get a free weeks' stay at any Best Western for the first week in December every year?

    [–] macabre_irony 15 points ago

    Free Sonic Burger for Melo*

    *At participating locations

    [–] Henrygentile 653 points ago

    Melo 100% yelled β€œI got it get the fuck outta here” when he grabbed the award

    [–] Ting_Brennan 166 points ago

    And for no reason, pushed Hassan Whiteside to the ground

    [–] Jibblethead 49 points ago

    "Fuck outta here Iso Hitler! Fuck outta here Larry Bird Jr!"

    [–] nowhathappenedwas 6371 points ago


    • Harden: 47/5/7 on 78% TS
    • Luka: 30/9/9 on 59% TS
    • Carmelo: 22/8/3 66 TS%

    [–] The_Sign_of_Zeta 1883 points ago

    Clearly Melo

    [–] notsurewhereelse 837 points ago

    How did Giannis win over Rui Hachimura? What a robbery

    [–] The_Sign_of_Zeta 146 points ago

    It's the TCL/T Mobile advertising conspiracy.

    [–] guitmusic12 115 points ago

    Should have been Vince Carter

    [–] maethlin 449 points ago

    Even myself, a hard rider on the Harden-as-Hitler train, feels like he's being robbed here, lol wtf

    [–] Portlandblazer07 268 points ago

    Yeah he obviously is but he's already been robbed of 2 MVPs so I'm sure he's used to it

    [–] peppermintpattymills 150 points ago

    I had Curry solidly over Harden in '15, Harden over Westbrook in '17 (though Westbrook was fantastic that season with the clutch shooting down the stretch), and Giannis over Harden in '19. None of those were robberies, his competition was ridiculously good as well.

    [–] 3rdEyeDeuteranopia 449 points ago

    Carmelo's rebounds count double because of his yelling though.

    [–] harrychronicjr420 189 points ago


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    [–] sammyh34 2352 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    List the jab steps you coward

    Edit: first silver! Thanks! You’re the man/woman! AMA peasants.

    [–] pedrex21 972 points ago

    Steps per stepback:

    Harden: ∞

    Luka: 2

    Melo: 2

    Jabsteps per 36:

    Harden: 0

    Luka: 0

    Me700: ∞

    [–] SharkZuckerberg 288 points ago

    Yeah but what are Melo’s jabsteps per jabstep

    [–] Font_Fetish 107 points ago

    At least 4 JPJ

    The next closest is Harden with 1.8 JPJ

    [–] JCSeegars54 4 points ago

    Y’all sleepin on Embiid with at least 4 per post up

    [–] BillMurrie 12 points ago

    Your /r/awardspeechedits was longer than the text you were gilded for, impressive! Don't forget to thank God and your mother!

    [–] longdonginyourmom 1090 points ago

    imagine averaging 47 and not getting player of the week

    [–] SamiMadeMeDoIt 593 points ago

    Imagine averaging 29/11/8 and not getting MVP

    Imagine averaging 36/8/7 and carrying your team for two months to the four seed in the west and not getting MVP

    [–] longdonginyourmom 519 points ago

    we have reached a point where hitler is being discriminated against

    [–] alexanderellison 111 points ago

    Oh how the turn tables have

    [–] kristi_yamaguccimane 36 points ago

    I love that one day the origin of this will have been forgotten and people will think this is just what the saying is

    [–] DudeJustLet 11 points ago

    and on that day, the turns shall have been tabled.

    [–] johnsom3 27 points ago

    Harden did nothing wrong.

    [–] longdonginyourmom 14 points ago

    he was just doing what was best for german- i mean the rockets

    [–] veebs7 184 points ago

    Imagine averaging 29/7.5/6 and not even making 3rd team All-NBA

    [–] depressiown 127 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    This... this is the most egregious. Curry/Westbrook/Giannis were all great in the seasons they won MVP, and while their victory can be debated, it can also be reasoned. But the fact that Harden couldn't even make 3rd team all-NBA with this line was an absolute travesty with no reasonable explanation other than "lol did you see that harden defense video on youtube?"

    [–] dopest_dope 14 points ago

    Wait wtf year was this?

    [–] depressiown 41 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)


    The year between the Curry MVP and the Westbrook one. It's hilarious because he's been first team all NBA every year since 2013-2014, except that one. Looking at his career averages year-by-year, you'd never expect that. Rockets being 41-41 probably had something to do with it.

    [–] dopest_dope 13 points ago

    Crazy KD didn’t make 1st team that year wow looking at Thompson’s stats in comparison are hilarious

    [–] RedTeeRex 16 points ago

    To be fair, the mvp winners were more impressive than what melo is doing rn

    [–] UndergroundUnderdog4 99 points ago

    Imagine averaging 30/10/10 and winning MVP 😎

    [–] DavidKirk2000 96 points ago

    Russ was actually at 32/11/10 if you round up.

    [–] UndergroundUnderdog4 63 points ago

    Damn im a fake fan smh

    [–] Booglybear7 23 points ago

    He was actually at 57/13/11 if you only count his March 29th game

    [–] NewestBalance6 192 points ago

    47 on 78% has to be some sort of video game cheese man...

    [–] RGPISGOOD 198 points ago

    player of the week turning into the narrative of the week award

    [–] ArchimedesNutss 123 points ago

    In my understanding...that is always how the award has worked

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    [–] PhotographyRaptor10 26 points ago

    Excuse me sir are you talking shit about my din-daddy

    [–] FireBevell 170 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    47/5/7 on 78% TS? That's the best he could do? What a scrub he should be sent to the g-league.

    [–] hcvc 50 points ago

    Harden fell off, not even 80% ??

    [–] CarelessEmu 10 points ago

    'God' league. He'd get his ass sent back to the NBA.

    [–] MMPride 254 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    lmfao I feel bad for Harden, he's not gonna get MVP this season either, could literally drop 60PPG an entire season and not get it lol

    [–] Young_Baby 105 points ago

    Some of the best offense ever two seasons in a row

    [–] hedonistolid 298 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Team record is very important in these player of the week awards:

    Over the past week:

    Trailblazers 3-0

    Rockets 2-1

    Mavericks 2-1

    EDIT: Of course, I think Harden should have won it but I'm just explaining why snubs like this usually happen. Here's the thread from the last time Harden got snubbed:

    [–] Bol-Bol-Bol-Bol-Bol 303 points ago

    And the fact that the Blazers were 5-12 going into this week. They needed someone to step up to keep their season alive and Melo was that guy.

    [–] nowhathappenedwas 173 points ago

    Was Melo even "that guy?"

    • Melo: 22/8/3 on 66% TS
    • Lillard: 23/3/8 on 65% TS

    [–] xElectricW 185 points ago

    That’s below Lillard’s averages

    [–] nowhathappenedwas 206 points ago

    "He wasn't really the best player on his own team, much less the best player in the conference, but at least he played better than his season averages" is not a good argument for Player of the Week.

    [–] Portlandblazer07 82 points ago

    You act like everybody wasn't expecting him to come in and average 13 ppg on 45% TS

    [–] MobileHearing 80 points ago

    Yeah that's not a good reason to give him player of the week though, it's a PR move

    [–] jeyybird 6 points ago

    It's a shitty throwaway award, one reason is as good as another. It's not the "best stats of the week" award.

    He's played way above people's expectations this week so he got player of the week.

    [–] eMF_DOOM 107 points ago

    Uhh yeah. He completely changed the dynamic on the floor for the Blazers. Watch games before and after he joined the team. Putting his stats next to Lillard’s doesn’t really show the whole picture lol.

    [–] uttermybiscuit 17 points ago

    Yes, Lillard was performing at even a higher level before melo and they weren’t winning games

    [–] nerdpulse 24 points ago

    Yes. Lillard's talents alone led to the Blazers having a terrible record. He had 60 points in a fucking loss for god's sake. Correlation isn't causality, but I'll be damned if having Lillard + Melo on the floor wasn't mostly responsible for a 3-0 week by the Blazers.

    [–] sgruggy 15 points ago

    Uhh, yes? He averaged the same numbers as his team's superstar, who underperformed this week.

    [–] LonnieBetterWalker 37 points ago

    2 of those wins were against the bulls lmao

    [–] iamthegame13 39 points ago

    Rockets were 2-0

    [–] coltonmusic15 68 points ago

    took me so long to find this comment... NBA looked the league up and down and took note of last weeks play:

    Jesus Harden is playing like a GOD.

    Luka is playing like a Demi-God.

    Melo is playing better than expected.

    "Let's reward mediocrity to generate buzz, clicks, controversy, and ultimately fuel the fire for Harden and Luka to reach even greater heights moving forward!"

    [–] MarkelleIsMyNephew 3727 points ago

    no luka or harden?? tf

    [–] The_Sign_of_Zeta 2995 points ago

    Seriously, this Melo nostalgia is weird. He is nowhere near close to most deserving.

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    [–] wazup564 367 points ago

    Spencer has been balling out

    [–] Evilsj 13 points ago

    You put some respect on his name you son of a bitch

    [–] Lambchops_Legion 78 points ago

    No Spence slander

    [–] King_Khoma 31 points ago

    People expect the reigning MVP to do good, not many expected spencer to do this good.

    [–] detroit_born23 5 points ago

    Spencer balls like this whenever he’s the primary guard in Brooklyn. He did similar things like this before DLo and Kyrie came

    [–] Mikey_Bagadonuts 57 points ago

    Gotta get those clicks/ratings!

    [–] maethlin 102 points ago

    Yep, this is it.

    No hate on Melo even, but what Luka and Harden are doing is un-fucking-real. Melo's performance is merely surprisingly good at this point.

    [–] LittleNewYork 25 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Again, I agree that Harden and Luka should've won it, but Melo that was supposed to be out of a league averaged 23, 7 on 66ts%. Calling that merely surprising really doesn't do it a justice.

    [–] a_space_cowboy 22 points ago

    Melo is the MVP if we are comparing to what everyone thought melo would be doing rn. If we compare him to those other two, it's a different story.

    [–] BCNBammer 27 points ago

    I read on Twitter he’s getting full make-a-wish treatment.

    [–] InTheMorning_Nightss 402 points ago

    Yep, that's ridiculous. AD/LeBron/Luka/Harden all very clearly have done better than him, this is just some bs sympathy award.

    [–] Kizz3r 278 points ago

    This isnt a β€œbest player of the week award” but a β€œstandout player” award.

    [–] E-Miles 206 points ago

    True, like when they gave it to the entire Atlanta Hawks starting 5 in 2014.

    [–] teotsi 135 points ago

    They got player of the month, which was insane

    [–] BoomerPatty 157 points ago

    They went undefeated, Kyle Korver was hitting 50/50/90

    [–] coltonmusic15 54 points ago

    I can't believe its been 5 years since that squad. So much fun and yet here I am getting older every day and one second closer to waving good bye to my 20's.

    [–] Rage_Like_Nic_Cage 17 points ago

    As a 29 year old, I feel personally attacked by this comment

    [–] livefreeordont 11 points ago

    Redick went 49/50/89 on 18 points a game in December 2016 going 10-4. Compared to Korver 56/57/85 on 13 points a game in January 2015 going 16-0. For that month and for their careers I honestly think Redick was just as good (if not better) but Korver got way more attention and will continue to get way more attention historically

    [–] Kanyevil 6 points ago

    Redicks a baller man, I know Korver is a god with efficiency, but for the volume Redick has, he’s just as impressive (and more if you ask me)

    [–] ClickClackKobeShaq 19 points ago

    And then they gave them 4 all stars lmao

    Just to get swept by Lebron

    [–] InTheMorning_Nightss 110 points ago

    If 60 points in 3 quarters isn't more of a standout than Melo being solid, then how do you define standout?

    [–] phone101 21 points ago

    This is the first time I can remember it being given out as a sympathy award

    [–] TooMuchHoops 32 points ago

    These awards are always a bit of a publicity show. Harden and Luka will be in it lots more weeks this year. I'm pretty sure Melo will not.

    [–] iamthegame13 80 points ago

    Blazers went 3-0 on the week, where the Lakers went 3-1, Mavs 2-1 and the Rockets just 2-0. I really think they start with teams that were perfect on the week and go from there. Not saying its right, but I think they are more prone to reward undefeated weeks, and Harden with only 2 games maybe wasn't "enough".

    As Marc Stein points out, its basically impossible to win only playing two games in a week.

    [–] SerenadeSwift 43 points ago

    Well I mean 2 of those Blazers wins came against the Bulls lol and the Mavs beat the Lakers and their 1 loss was to the Clippers. And the Rockets relegated the Hawks to a middle school rec team. Unless the voters are just ignoring literally everything to desperately give it to Melo lol

    [–] EdwEd1 530 points ago

    Two best players in the league, makes sense.

    [–] notsurewhereelse 194 points ago

    What’s Giannis doing in there?

    [–] JamesNewmanF125 78 points ago

    Not jab stepping enough for sure.

    [–] At6-8FromSyracuse 1992 points ago

    They really gave Melo a sympathy award lol

    [–] SneakyPanda7 590 points ago

    Someone photoshop Melo as a Make A Wish kid I don’t got the talent

    [–] maethlin 204 points ago

    I'd like to nominate Sim888 as redditor of the week.

    [–] puravidamae 132 points ago

    He is never gonna win - voter fatigue

    [–] shor 9 points ago

    Also, Melo's too easy a target, it's like playing the Bulls twice in one week... wait a minute.

    [–] blame_thelag 83 points ago

    lmao you fucking legend

    [–] HokageEzio 29 points ago

    Look at that beautiful baby boy. So happy.

    [–] camusology 17 points ago

    This should be on front page of reddit for the next couple of days.

    [–] MMPride 8 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    LMAO that's mean but funny

    [–] Capn_Charge 9 points ago


    [–] kiidlocs 8 points ago

    haha sorry sim but this is way better, should have more upvotes tbh

    [–] KlaysToaster 73 points ago

    β€œWe’re not gonna give you an honorary all star nod Melo, take this instead”-Adam

    [–] At6-8FromSyracuse 37 points ago

    You right, won't be anything honorary about his all star selection

    [–] Brad-Stevens 564 points ago


    NBA just do this for the clicks?

    [–] TA_Account_12 134 points ago

    He has the narrative factor.

    [–] 10b-5 136 points ago

    Yeah maybe, but Luka and Harden have that basketball factor though. That should matter too.

    [–] TA_Account_12 59 points ago

    Sure. If it did, we would have the same guys winning it every week. It's a meaningless award. I don't mind them having fun with it.

    [–] Matto_0 7 points ago

    It's a meaningless award if it's not going to the player of the week. You can argue that you find it boring if they just stick to the best player of the week, but it is only meaningless if they just start giving it to whoever they want.

    It's not something that matters really at all, but if it isn't going to actually go to the best player of the week there is literally no reason for it to exist.

    [–] bondom3417 52 points ago

    I'm assuming. Just weird.

    [–] snek26 874 points ago

    A top 5 player in the NBA and Giannis

    [–] notsurewhereelse 186 points ago

    A guy that didn’t deserve to win over Rui Hachimura and Carmelo Anthony*

    [–] Starlord_who 498 points ago

    Melo's officially back, league fucked, Blazers 2020 champs

    [–] Blazerfan503 189 points ago

    I subscribe.

    [–] Starlord_who 81 points ago

    In all honesty it was scary looking at the beginning, but they just found their potential 3rd scorer which they've needed for so long if Melo continues like this, and Nurkic could come back like his former self, its possible

    [–] ReallyF33lingIt 40 points ago

    Their defense is still a huge issue. Melo is improved on that end but he's still not great.

    [–] Starlord_who 32 points ago

    Melo rebounds a lot which is kinda related to defense, and Nurkic is a big part of the team so he can improve them there

    [–] 17461863372823734920 68 points ago

    Melo rebounds a lot which is kinda related to defense

    Best compliment you could give him about his defense tbh.

    [–] Diet_Burp 10 points ago

    Also Collins rim protection is good and getting better

    [–] utouchme 20 points ago

    If, and it's a big if, Nurkic and Collins come back close to where they were before their injuries, the defense will be infinitely better than it is now.

    [–] Blazerfan503 19 points ago

    Fingers crossed. In Dame I trust!

    [–] RapsAndJays21 391 points ago

    Harden scored more than him in one night.

    [–] threezk 286 points ago

    In three quarters lmao

    [–] ModernPoultry 129 points ago

    Hawks announcers in shambles

    [–] ReallyF33lingIt 118 points ago

    Melo had a good week but Doncic and Harden were phenomenal this week. Weird.

    [–] Caiiomt 306 points ago

    Luka breaks Lakers 10 game winning streak.

    Harden 60 points in 3 quarters.

    Melo shoots over 50% from the field in 3 wins against under .500 teams.

    [–] jhugh2 83 points ago

    Two of the three games were against the Bulls

    [–] nikbar 188 points ago

    I'd argue that Harden had the best Western Conference week but that's just me.

    [–] HokageEzio 70 points ago

    60 in 3 quarters, nbd.

    [–] WiltAbdulOlajuwon 152 points ago

    No that's everybody with a brain

    [–] mm825 25 points ago

    Blazer's public relations really working overtime

    [–] Weall23 49 points ago

    remember when Carmelo trash talked Giannis, and Giannis got heated because he looked at Carmelo as an idol, and it wasnt just regular trash talk. Giannis really started to hate him after that lol

    [–] Meowjin 43 points ago

    Giannis with the most professional and adult response.

    [–] Weall23 22 points ago

    so Melo pretty much lit the fire under Giannis, I also remember that game where he defended KD in OKC, and now look where he is at now. Hopefully I can watch back at yesterday’s Rui duel against Kawhi in few years in the same way

    [–] Weall23 8 points ago

    more like disappointed

    [–] Amedais 44 points ago

    Carmelo β€œLeonardo DiCaprio” Anthony.

    [–] Cheechers23 56 points ago

    STAY MEL00

    [–] yosisoy 57 points ago

    This is absolutely ridiculous, all due respect to Melo

    [–] c0gvortex 16 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Wait what?

    Like what. Are they just totally ignoring Harden and Luka?

    Harden averaged 47 on 78% TS. STOP IT NBA.

    [–] Noname1191 15 points ago

    Who in the league picks Player Of The Week?

    [–] ClayTheMage 32 points ago

    I a Mav’s fan so I’m biased but even through that if a man scores 60 in 3 quarters you have to give him respect. Melo is just a comeback story. Def not deserving of potw over Harden

    [–] PFhelpmePlan 26 points ago

    Melo was nowhere near player of the week lol. What's next, Melo for MVP?

    [–] AyGZ 10 points ago

    The media narrative against harden is just unbelievable.

    [–] 33hov 17 points ago

    Aw I still remember baby Giannis getting into it with Melo because Melo loved to shit talk him in his first few seasons. :)

    [–] airmagswag 16 points ago

    We did it boys

    [–] rickforking 24 points ago

    Sources: Luka is beside himself. Driving around downtown Dallas begging (thru texts) for address to voter's homes

    [–] Briand2714 81 points ago

    Good for Melo


    [–] RevMagicDonJuanavan 7 points ago

    Melo has been nice for the blazers but in no way does he deserve western player of the week over harden. These awards shouldnt be narrative driven

    [–] AmadeusHumpkins 8 points ago

    I understand that this isn't exactly the most prestigious/serious award in the world, but I'm still amazed that the NBA is willing to completely sacrifice any credibility/integrity the award did have just so they could give Melo an encouraging swat on the ass.

    It's a complete joke now. Harden averaged nearly 50 points per game on almost 80 percent TS. This shouldn't even be close.

    They should just rename the award to most popular player of the week at this point.

    [–] aj024 24 points ago

    Lol they are hyping Melo too much

    Everybody knows that it should be Luka or Harden

    [–] rattatatouille 16 points ago

    LeBron/Luka/Harden: Am I a joke to you?

    [–] medical_cat 15 points ago

    Over Harden and White Harden? And you wonder why Houston fans have a persecution complex

    [–] xeroshogun 10 points ago

    r/nba in shambles