Carmelo Anthony reportedly isn’t happy about being ranked as the 15th best player in the NBA by SLAM magazine. Anthony, who is coming off a gold medal win in Brazil for the US Men’s National Team, has more career points for the US than any player in history. But SLAM is considering the NBA, where reputations are made in May and June — and those are months when Anthony is usually working on one of his side businesses.
Anthony may be, as he claimed last year, one of the hardest guys to guard in the NBA. But nobody really has to worry about that when it counts — that is, come playoff time. Anthony made the playoffs in all of his seven seasons as a Denver Nugget, but bowed out in the first round in six of them. He made the playoffs in his first three years on the Knicks too, but hasn’t returned in the last three seasons. In New York he lost in the first round twice and the second round once. But Anthony shouldn’t worry about a preseason rank of #15 — he’ll be a top ten for sure if he’s still playing in late May.