It looks like ESPN.com doesn’t believe in the Hoodie Melo hype.
The website is now on day two of its annual NBA Player Rankings, releasing numbers 51-75 this morning. Coming in at no. 64 is 10-time All-Star (including this past year) and 6-time All-NBA selection Carmelo Anthony, whose ranking was a shock to basketball fans all around and Anthony himself, as you can see below.
A few of the names which the World Wide Leader in Sports ranked ahead of Anthony include: Danny Green of the Spurs (59th); Robert Covington of the Sixers (55th); and Lonzo Ball, the highly-touted Lakers rookie who has yet to register a second in the NBA, ranked one spot ahead of Anthony.
Anthony was ranked at no. 31 in last years NBA Rank, and when you consider the fact that he had essentially the same year statistically prior to both rankings, it’s quite puzzling to see how he dropped down over 30 spots. Especially after the year of turmoil which he endured with the Knicks last season, full of trade rumors, beef with the (now-former) team president, and even a bizarre disappearance from a notable teammate.
While Anthony isn’t as explosive a player as he was during his prime years in Denver and early years in New York, he still remains to be one of the biggest scoring threats in the league, as evidenced in his 45-point performance against Atlanta in late January, a game which he fouled out in.
Additionally, Anthony has spent this offseason looking like the Melo of old as he’s transformed into Hoodie Melo, the hoodie-clad walking bucket training with renown basketball trainer Chris Brickley, whose Black Ops Basketball program has now seen other NBA stars by the likes of Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul come play pick-up games at NYC’s Life Time Athletic at Sky fitness gym. Brickley stood alongside Anthony in his ESPN criticism, posting:
It's funny, I was just reading that several outlets were reporting that ESPN was near collapse as a network. They lost more than 600,000 subscribers in the month of November.......I guess when a media outlet like @espn wants more clicks/views they create controversy. #TheSeasonWillTellTheStory #stayme7o
What do you guys think? Was ESPN outta pocket for violating Melo like this or has he really fallen off this far?