TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale Of The Tape: Carmelo Anthony vs. Kevin Love

The Boston Celtics are looking at a rebuild, but it’s yet to be determined if it will be a long rebuild through the draft or a quick one through the trade market and free agency.

There have been two big rumors to hit Boston this offseason: Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony. Love will reportedly opt out of his contract after this coming season, and Melo could opt out and test the free agent waters this summer. Many Celtics fans are salivating at the thought of adding both players and forming another “Big Three” with Rajon Rondo, while others don’t want to give up a king’s bounty for Love or pay Melo the max contract he’ll likely want on the open market.

If Danny Ainge can only add one player, who should it be? Here’s a quick look at how both players stack up head to head:

Carmelo Anthony
Kevin Love
(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Stats
25.3 points, 6.8 rebounds per game over 11 seasons
Winner 19.2 points, 12.2 rebounds per game over six seasons
Strengths
Winner Prolific scorer
Great rebounder
Weakness
Defense
Defense
Awards
Winner 2003 NCAA Champ, Final Four MVP, 2013 NBA Scoring Champ, 7x NBA All Star
2011 NBA Most Improved Player, 2011 NBA Rebuilding Leader, 3x NBA All Star
Off The Court
Winner Has numerous charities in hometown of Baltimore; appeared in Showtime's Nurse Jackie
Winner Heavily involved in "Hoops for St. Jude" charity program; appeared in HBO's Entourage
Famous Connections
Married to TV's LaLa Vasquez
Winner Son of Stan Love, who played 4 NBA seasons in 1970s; Nephew of Mike Love, a founding member of "The Beach Boys"

We'll Just Call it a Tie

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Melo can put up points in a hurry, but Kevin Love has the all-around game the Celtics could use in 2014 and beyond. We'll take Love over Melo if it comes to it, but really, we'd like both in Boston.

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