"The Garden was packed. Bernard King was giving the Nets the business! He was stoppin and poppin, coasting and toasting! All hail the king!"
"The Garden was packed." Carmelo Anthony was giving the Bobcats the business! He was stoppin and poppin, coasting and toasting! All hail the king!"
The first quote was from the real commercial involving Spike Lee describing Bernard King's 60 point game. The second quote just shows how similar Carmelo plays to Bernard. This year, he scored 62 on the Bobcats and was unstoppable, just like Bernard King.
At the very end of the Bernard King/Nets commercial, Spike Lee says, "You know what, you never know who will wear the crown next." During this line, they show a picture of Carmelo Anthony. This is obviously implying the comparison of Melo and King.
I have thought about this comparison a lot, but never actually looked into the complete comparison. There are the obvious comparisons, but then there are unknown comparisons. Of course, the obvious comparison is scoring.
Scoring: The NBA made a commercial about King scoring 60 points and earlier this season Melo scored 62 points on the Bobcats. They can stop and shoot like no one else. They don't stop there. In the post, they are dominant and can post up anyone. All their attributes add up to them averaging these career stats: Carmelo: 25 PPG (28.4 PPG this year, and is leading league in scoring). Bernard King: 22.5 (Averaged 32.9 PPG in 1985 and lead league in scoring in 1985).
Position/Size: King and Melo are known to be forwards who are fast enough to drive, but big enough to post up. Melo is 6'8 and 220 LBS, while King is 6'7 and 210 LBS. In the 60 point game for King, he made 19 field goals. In the 62 point game for Melo, he made 23 field goals. They can both drive and shoot from abnormal spots.
Defense: Neither of them were great on the defensive end. Melo sometimes doesn't even try, and he's almost known for this on the defensive side of the court. Bernard struggled on defense too. He was never known to be a great or even good defender on defense. If Melo can improve his defense, he will have a huge advantage on King. They both only average 1 steal a game and they don't even average 1 block a game. They both have an average of 107 defensive rating (Slightly below average).
Clutch: Both of these players are clutch. Anthony is one of the best closers in today's game. Bernard was just unstoppable at all times. He scored non-stop in the 4th quarter. You also see his PPG rise in the playoffs. In the end, they were both great clutch players.
Rebounding: Since they both play a lot of the game in the post, they get a lot of rebounds. We see Carmelo today just shove people out of the way and put the ball back up and score. Bernard did the same thing. Once he got the rebound he was powering in or shooting a 5 foot jump shot. Carmelo and Bernard both average 6 rebounds a game. This season, Melo is actually a career high of 8 rebounds per game!
Passing: Neither of them are spectacular passers. Carmelo is sometimes known to be a ball hog. He will take forced shots and is never an actual play maker. For his career, he averages 3 assists per game. King was sometimes known to be a ball hog. However, I can only say this from other people's memory of him about 35 years ago. King only averaged 3 assists per game also.
Conclusion: I have to go with Carmelo over King. He is a better scorer (Higher PPG), a better rebounder (Higher PPG), and he plays faster/stronger with a bigger body. King never won, and now Melo has a chance to up King in that category.