Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 4:33 pm  |  23 responses

Mile High…And Rising

Champ at 21 years old.

Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 73

A baby-faced ‘Melo took the League by storm. A couple of years and a few bumps later, Denver’s love-hate relationship with him can’t take away from the fact that he is still one of the most skilled cats drafted in ’03. – Tzvi Twersky

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  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    you f*cking suck, buddy

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Anton’s a hater.

  • http://myspace.com/yungjames187 Smoovetendo

    melo is that dude!!! i always was a fan of his game. good luck in the playoffs nuggets

  • riggs

    steph is a celtic.

  • Jacob

    melo is a baller!

  • j-smoov 5

    Melo doms.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Tzvi, thanks for layin’ down another Atiba classic.

  • finest hour

    Imagine the pistons drafting melo.

  • ab_40

    no imagine if denver had drafted amare in ’02 or the clippers instead of chris wilcox…

    on the ofensive end he’s top 5… on D he’s top 50 hehe. but still amazing player to watch some times so skilled with shot fakes’n all

  • clapzilla

    Melo’s Due For A Huge Playoffs. He’s Had Like 8 Double-Double In The Past 9 Playoff Games. Now His Offense Can Go Nuts A Few Times With Nene And Chauncey. The Spurs Should Be Worried For That Second Round Series.

  • http://dime dennis

    Melo has been one of my favorite players, since his days at Syracuse. I’m so sick of people saying that Lebron is so better. Melo took the Nuggets to the playoffs his first season. Did Lebron? Bring it on hataz burn me.

  • Rob Wells Jr.

    Melo’s improved and its not all about scoring anymore. He’s rebounding more and passing. Also, defense is up. Melo’s beocmin an all around small forward. Good luck to the Nuggets and My Man My Melo in the playoffs.

  • http://slamonline dennis

    Why didn’t you all not approve my comment? Because I’m not one of the people who have jumped on the Lebron bandwagon, and because I said Melo was just as good or better.

  • http://slam weezyleezy

    melo my man

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    MELOOOOO. way to make me proud home boy.
    always rep Melo till the day i die

  • #6marjons

    Franchise Role Player?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Isnt this that guy who did a hit/run on Mardy Collins?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    and this picture sort of reminds me of this picture: http://www.sonofthesouth.net/american-indians/pictures/apache/geronimo_small.jpg

  • chintao

    ^ No one said ‘Melo makes the best choices all the time. Many of us simply hope that, as his on-court maturity continues to develop, he also gradually will grow into being a more well-rounded human being… the type of human being that will drop a sucka’ with one punch, so he doesn’t have to beat a hasty retreat. If that’s not possible, then I suppose we would settle for someone who maintains his composure a little better.

  • http://www.showmeyourwits.com showmeyourwits

    He’d have played for a ring by now if he were in the East like Bron and D-Wade. Curious to see if he stays with Denver when his contract is up. I bet he suits up with the Lakers for Kobe’s last few years.

  • http://www.slamonline.com d.j.

    melo is da man.

  • Chuck

    If melo is in the east and lebron was drafted by a team from the west it woud have been a different story. The west is too tough. For a young man to carry his team against the likes of the spurs, utah, lake show and dallas, phoenix (with the exception of this year). It’s just too much.

  • A-Fresh

    wen he was good…now he sucksssss