With the NBA season starting in a few days, sports commentators began making their predictions. Slam Magazine recently posted their rankings for the upcoming 2016-2017 NBA Season. On this list, Carmelo Anthony was ranked number 15. Many followers were not pleased with this ranking and commented with many hate filled responses. Along with the followers on Instagram that commented, Carmelo Anthony also commented saying “All credibility lost in my (emoticon of eyes)”.
This post asks the question, where does Carmelo actually rank in the NBA? Unfortunately, Anthony’s numbers have dropped at a constant rate since he won his scoring title in 2013. That year, Carmelo Anthony averaged 28.7 points per game. However, the following years he averaged 27.4, 24.2, and 21.8 ppg. With his numbers on the decline, ESPN projects the small forward to average 21 points a game this year.
Not only is Carmelo Anthony declining in terms of his offensive presence, he seemed to lose some of his quickness on the defensive end. Even though The New York Knick is more known for his scoring and was never considered an elite defender, he seems unable to defend the better players in the NBA.
Looking at statistics and game play, it is hard to consider Carmelo Anthony a top 15 player in the NBA. Even though he is still a fantastic talent that any team would want on their franchise, it is blatantly obvious that “father time” is catching up with him. The 32-year old is entering his 15th season in the NBA. The issue is not only that he is declining, but the talent in the NBA is rising. With franchises seeking all-around players, a player similar to Draymond Green would seem a better player than Carmelo Anthony. With the many players adopting to this style of play, the aged small forward is put lower than usual.
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