ESPN came out with its top rankings of NBA players, and New York Knicks (for now) forward Carmelo Anthony came in at No. 64. Many NBA experts couldn’t believe the ranking, especially when you see Lonzo Ball, a rookie, is above him.
— JRSportBrief (@JRSportBrief) September 12, 2017
The low ranking was a topic of discussion for most of Tuesday morning, and eventually Melo chimed in. Before we get to his reaction, we should point out he’s been upset at rankings in the past. Last season, Slam ranked him as the 15th best player, which is pretty generous.
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But Anthony was upset at that, too, saying at the time it was “disrespect.” He added, “I wasn’t actually upset. I looked at it and [thought] it was disrespectful. I’m self-motivated. I don’t really need that to motivate me, someone sitting at a desk at Slam.”
While he claimed he wasn’t upset at Slam, he did seem upset at ESPN.
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) September 12, 2017
Anthony wasn’t the only player mad about rankings on Tuesday.
Sports Illustrated is also doing player rankings and placed the Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan at 36th after he was 46th last season. He took exception to them in 2016, and he sent a subtweet to them in 2017.
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) September 12, 2017
The moral of the story is NBA players will probably be upset no matter where you place them, unless they’re No. 1.
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