Draymond Green may be one of the most polarizing figures in NBA history. His play on the court, coupled with some of the soundbites he's laid claim to over the years have made any fan that doesn't root for the Warriors despise the power forward. When it comes to other NBA players, however, it seems Green has a great relationship with most of them (Steven Adams excluded.)
In an interview with Chris Haynes, Green has come to the defense of the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony in an expletive-filled rant recently after Melo was ranked the 64th best player in the NBA by sports network ESPN.
“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].”
Despite the swearing, Green has a point in his rant. How can one of the greatest scorers of our generation, and former perennial All-Star be considered outside the top 60 players in the league, with unproven rookies who have never played a game ranked ahead of him?
Draymond acknowledges that Melo isn't the 30+ PPG scorer he once was back in 2012-13, but he's still among some of the top small forwards in the NBA.
The fact that players like Khris Middleton and Lonzo Ball are ranked ahead of Melo is laughable and lends evidence to the fact that perhaps these rankings were formed just to gain traction in the mainstream sports media by creating ridiculous debates, such as this one.
One thing is certain for next season though -- Carmelo Anthony will prove he's more than the 64th best player in the NBA.