New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has been ranked as the 64th-best player in basketball ahead of the 2017-18 season, according to ESPN’s rankings. That has not gone over well across the rest of the NBA.
Insert Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green. Never been afraid to speak his mind, Green chimed in on the debate of where Anthony belongs in the league’s rankings in an interview with ESPN.
“I’m a firm believer in guys earning what they get, and I know he’s earned more than a 64. And when you see rookies coming in who haven’t played a game, that’s just clear-cut disrespect. You’ve got guys who have given everything they had into this game and has proved s— year in and year out and then people just walk in and are ranked higher than someone? Let them get out there and prove something first. I’m a firm believer in that. Maybe I’m that way because I’ve never been given anything. Everything I’ve gotten in this league I’ve worked for and earned. So maybe I see it a little differently. That will never change for me. I can’t put you above guys who have done this year in and year out with the best of them and say you’re better. That’s just not me. I think it’s clear disrespect.
“And like I said to start it off, I know Melo isn’t the Melo he was five or seven years ago, but he’s for damn sure not the 64th-best player in the league. I know that. There aren’t 63 players better than Carmelo Anthony.”
The rookie that Green felt was an insult was Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, who was ranked directly in front of Anthony in the rankings. Other notable names that have jumped Anthony are Danny Green (No. 58), Robert Covington (55), Andre Iguodala (43), and Jae Crowder (38).