Blogtable: Putting up big numbers

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes across the globe to weigh in on the most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.


BLOGTABLE: Questions for the Cavs | The scoring champ | Utah, Orlando or Sacramento?


> ‘Melo says it won’t be him. LeBron’s not worried about scoring and has other weapons. KD is hurting for awhile. Do you see a new scoring champ this year?

Carmelo Anthony (Ned Dishman/NBAE)

Carmelo Anthony
(Ned Dishman/NBAE)

Steve Aschburner, NBA.comRussell Westbrook has the tools and the mentality, but he’ll be back to sharing the OKC offense with Durant soon enough. So I’m going with Houston’s James Harden, who will be able to play just selfishly enough – based on what the Rockets will need from him – to chase the scoring crown.

Fran Blinebury, NBA.comHello, James Harden. He’s coming off consecutive seasons of averaging more than 25 points per game (ranked 5th in 2014), the Rockets have lost a considerable bit of their punch from last year in Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin and that likely means Harden will be asked/needed to put up more shots to fill the void. He’s never had to be asked twice to shoot more.

Jeff Caplan, NBA.com: Well that was nice of ‘Melo to take himself out of the scoring race, sort of how Kevin Durant bowed out late in the 2012-13 season to sort of let ‘Melo get his one scoring title. But, geez, looking at the Knicks’ roster, it seems to me that ‘Melo’s gonna have to light it up nighty. But since he says he’s out, we’ll omit him. And let’s say Durant won’t come back and take it, and surmise that LeBron James will spread the wealth with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. So go to the next guy on the list, and last year that was James Harden. With Chandler Parsons now firing 3s in Dallas, Harden has even more opportunity to pump in the points, and, quite frankly, the Rockets just might need him to score 30 a night.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: Sets up nicely for Stephen Curry, doesn’t it? I don’t agree with Carmelo’s premise, and I won’t count Durant out, but for the sake of conversation, Curry is a solid choice with the Warriors emphasizing ball movement. Just what the rest of the league needs. Steph getting more open looks. And Paul George should be mentioned in the question among the missing. If not for the knee injury, I probably would have gone with him for the non-Melo, non-LeBron, non-KD scoring title.

John Schuhmann, NBA.comI don’t believe Carmelo. Yes, he’s being asked to move the ball more in the Triangle offense. But that doesn’t mean that he won’t still get his shots or that the Knicks won’t still rely on him to carry their offense. And they’re going to need a lot of offense, because their defense will be pretty poor. I wouldn’t take Melo against the field, but he’s my pick.

Sekou Smith, NBA.comNo. I don’t care what Carmelo thinks or says, it’s his scoring title to lose, even with the new triangle-based offense in New York. But that doesn’t mean there are not plenty of eager candidates — James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and others — willing to step into the fray and chase that top spot. The truly elite, scoring championship chasers are far and few between. There are only a handful of them playing at any given time, and even fewer of them who stay healthy long enough and stay locked in long enough and consistently enough to stay in the mix for an entire season. Triangle or not, it’s ‘Melo’s title to lose.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blogHow about Kobe? Have you watched the Lakers in the preseason? Kobe is taking a lot of shots — in the last two games combined he’s taken 45 field goals and 24 free throws. The Lakers probably aren’t going to be very good, but Kobe’s gonna be Kobe, which means he’ll keep getting buckets and will play as many minutes as he possibly can. And if he’s in the mix for scoring leader with a few months to go, that might be the only thing the Lakers have to play for.

27 Comments

  1. SYDALE says:

    Westbrook will have roughly 25 games to pad his stats… He might average 35 ppg during that time, and it’s not like he’s going to take a lot less shots once Durant returns… Plus, it’ll take Durant about 10 games to return to top form.

    Otherwise, despite what Melo says, he’ll have to put up 30+ ppg for the Knicks to win games.

  2. mee(a)t says:

    it’s gonna be steph curry

    their new offense is gonna put him in a position to score in catch and shoot situations and he’s gonna flourish

  3. Kirby Record says:

    Likely to be Harden. Other scorers have to share the ball more and Durant’s absence will eliminate him. He’s the best scorer around but he won’t make up the missing scoring of 20 games no matter what his average is. The scoring title should be who gets the most points in the season. Kobe is possible, despite his 40% shooting percentage. He will lead the league by a large margin in shots attempted but he has to last a whole season–not likely.

  4. dustydreamnz says:

    Agree with Harden. Kobe will get injured probably.

  5. Jamarcus says:

    Kendrick Perkins

  6. Atlanta says:

    Elliot Williams of the 76ers

  7. Mickey says:

    Kobe all the way

  8. kenny says:

    KD will win the scoring championship because he’s the’s the best offencive player in NBA and could be the best of all time just give him time

  9. romey says:

    Eric Bledsoe

  10. dung says:

    morons kobe should b at the top he has to carry alot of the scoring load since they do not have many offensive threats…

  11. Bryson says:

    KEVIN DURANT WILL COME BACK FRESH AND WILL THE SCORING TITLE SO YEA , THATS WHY HE IS CALLED THE BADDEST ONE FOR A REASON GUYS #SCORING TITLE

  12. Bryson says:

    KEVIN DURANT WILL COME BACK FRESH AND WILL THE SCORING TITLE SO YEA , THATS HE’S CALLED THE BADDEST ONE FOR A REASON GUYS GOSH #SCORING TITLE

  13. CraigSagerSwag says:

    Anthony Davis

  14. alechenu says:

    just has to be Carmelo and harden behind him

  15. Dwight Howard says:

    Dwight Howard has all the tools to be top scorer and possibly league MVP this NBA season.

  16. karthik says:

    blake griffin

  17. FunkyAxl says:

    Keep hatin’ on Kobe haters!

    He can take the scring title easily.

    That’s what makes him even better, to hate you = you’re doin’ something good & ppl are jealous of ya.

    Keep it up Kobe!

  18. harriethehawk says:

    This will be a toss-up between James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. Lots of key factors.

  19. Someone Else says:

    “Kobe is taking alot of shots” – Nothing new there :/. Also not surprised to Lang Whitaker talking Kobe Bryant up.

  20. Rob says:

    Blake Griffin went from 18 points per game in 2012-2013 to 24.1 points per game last season, so he could have a chance if he improves further this season. Steph Curry’s points per game go up season by season too – 24 last time.

  21. joeb says:

    Kobe with 28.7 points per game. The media needs to continue to write stupid stories about him chasing people away and being an evil person and that number may just rise.

    • Rob says:

      I hate when I hear people say things like “Kobe’s taking a lot if shots.” 22.5 shots in my opinion is not a lot, considering that his team is not good… Also, lebron, kd, melo all average around 20 a game and nobody says it’s a lot of shots, but Kobe is over shooting??!?!!? Jim buss is the idiot that took Howard and gasol out of LA as well. if Phil was hired they’d all still b competing for titles together… Instead he hires d’antoni who forced them to run n gun while zen master would have brought the triangle back where they all would have thrived.. And thank d’antoni for running Kobe into the ground…. It must feel good to know that all lakers fans hate you!!!!

      • alleighoops says:

        C’mon man, there is a difference between taking good high percentage shots, and taking 20 foot turnaround fade aways with a defender in your face…especially when someone else is open behind the 3pt line and usually hits them. That’s the difference

      • jayteedsk says:

        Uhm. Lbj and Kd didn’t take more than 13 shots per game last season. Both shot well over 50% from field. 20+ shots a game is huge.

      • Alice says:

        20+shots per game in a preseason IS high… but that is Kobe, so he’ll be shooting and shooting even if a team mate or two will be open…