ESPN thinks there are 63 players better than Melo right now.
There are 63 players in the NBA that are better than Carmelo Anthony right now. At least, that's according to ESPN's annual ranking of the Top-100 players in the league.
The worldwide leader in sports has begun revealing their NBA Top-100 for the upcoming season, and today they unveiled spots 75-51, which is where the New York Knicks' forward landed. Melo, who checks in at #64, was listed one spot ahead of Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, and one slot behind Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard, Lonzo Ball.
"Entering his 15th season, Anthony's days as a top-50 player might be finished as he comes in 33 spots below last season's ranking. His drop is tied for the largest by anyone that finished in the top 35 a season ago. The only players in NBA history to average at least 20 points per game in each of their first 15 seasons are Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a club Anthony could join in 2017-18."
Spurs guard Danny Green, Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes, Sixers forward Robert Covington, Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari and Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday were some other notable players who ranked higher than the 12-time All-Star.
Last season with the Knicks, Melo averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, which is a pretty solid stat line for a guy who is projected to be the 64th best player in the league.
Carmelo was one of the many who were scratching their heads at ESPN's #NBARank.
Check out some of the other reactions to Melo's ranking below.
Life motto: pic.twitter.com/nVYcI4fu4T— Alysha Tsuji (@AlyshaTsuji) September 12, 2017
Lol @ESPN really put Danny Green above Carmelo Anthony 😂😂😂 wtf ?? Lonzo hasn't played an NBA game but he's better than Melo ? 🙅🏾♂️— Hoodie Melo (@HoodieMelo2) September 12, 2017
There aren't 24 players in the NBA better than Carmelo Anthony. https://t.co/oe9xEJG6Ag— casa (@CheffHouse) September 12, 2017
Whatever metric that has Danny Green and Robert Covington higher than Carmelo Anthony in any basketball related activity is a shit metric.— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) September 12, 2017
That ESPN ranking is gonna motivate Melo to lose a whole 4 pounds this offseason. Shit bout to get spooky in the Garden— Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) September 12, 2017
Tired of seeing this Melo slander. Y'all taking Khris Middleton over CARMELO ANTHONY? Deactivate and never watch basketball again.— #MeloSZN (@PrimeAdoree) September 12, 2017
Thinking there are 63 basketball players in the world better than Carmelo Anthony is genuinely hilarious. https://t.co/ZDK3Cvfjyd— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) September 12, 2017
When they rank Lonzo Ball higher than Carmelo Anthony 😭 pic.twitter.com/aII8CxVSBc— BandoBaby😈 (@TrvpGOD_Lucky) September 12, 2017