It’s that time of the year again. ESPN is releasing their annual “Top 100 Players Of The Year” ranking. So far, things have been pretty cut and dry. And while the list is still only halfway through (they release the rankings in chunks at a time rather than the entire thing at once), many folks have kept their eyes peeled for any surprising circumstances.
Well, their latest chunk, released earlier today, is giving everyone quite a shock. The list starts off at 75, with Dennis Smith Jr. Then it goes down to 51, where Brook Lopez ends the list. But in between, you’ll never guess which player is listed at 64.
Here are some of the players ranked above him: Lonzo Ball, Eric Gordon, Avery Bradley, Devin Booker, Danny Green, Harrison Barnes, Andrew Wiggins, Malcolm Brogdon, Robert Covington, Danilo Gallinari, Andre Drummond, Jrue Holiday, and Brook Lopez.
Robert Covington? Harrison Barnes? Danny Green? To say those three are better than Melo, even now, is downright disrespectful.
Many consider Carmelo to be a top 50 player in history, so to say he doesn’t even crack the top 50 right now is a bit ridiculous.
While he did take a dip in production last season, he still played at a very high level. He averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists on 43% field goal percentage.
What do you think of ESPN’s ranking? Did Carmelo get dissed, or was his position in the ranking the right call? No matter which way you see it, Melo is bound to use it as some major motivation for the upcoming season.