When ESPN released the 2017 Player Rankings for the NBA, they were caught by the outrage of many fans when Carmelo Anthony was dropped to No. 64 in rank. While the Knicks player’s golden era in the NBA are definitely in the past, there’s no argument that he remains a decisive force in the league.
This completely sudden drop was unanticipated; just two years ago Melo was a top 30 player in the rankings. In fact, the All-Star power forward was still breaking ankles and made the Top 10 in the 2013 ESPN Player Rankings!
So, I’m not going to sit here and lie and act like he is the Melo he was five years ago, but the 64th-best player in the NBA? All right, five years ago he was maybe sixth. He ain’t f—ing 64 [now].
PF, Golden State Warriors
The stats point to Carmelo’s plunging efficiency over the years since his prime, but some fans and analysts contest that there may just be more ‘superstars’ this last year. Last year was Melo’s least efficient performance ever in the league; can he pull an end-of-career rally off, or is this the dwindling end of an aging player’s legacy?
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