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Monday, October 18th, 2010 at 8:00 am  |  200 responses

Top 50: Carmelo Anthony, no. 6

The definitive ranking of the NBA’s best players.

by Myles Brown / @mdotbrown

Let me ask you something. Had Carmelo Anthony decided to take his talents to South Beach this summer rather than LeBron James, would there have been a similar outcry?

Probably not. Right?

Granted, the circumstances are different, Melo wasn’t playing for his hometown and certainly doesn’t have the cache to commandeer an entire network, but both of those are reflections of a larger issue.

Expectations.Carmelo Anthony

Plainly put, most folks don’t believe Melo is capable of the same things as LeBron or Dwyane Wade. ‘Capable of what?’ you might ask. ‘He’s arguably the most complete scorer in the league, one of its most clutch players and as recently as two years ago was two games away from a Finals appearance.’ All of which is true, but considering their athleticism, playmaking abilities, productivity and overall success, ultimately you’d concede that James and Wade are the better players.

Melo would probably be fine with that. As he should be. There’s 300+ other guys keeping him company in that category. What he does take issue with, however, is the increasing volume and frequency of folks questioning whether he’s even a franchise player.

By definition every team in the NBA has a ‘best’ player, a talent that distinguishes himself from his peers and whether by merit or sheer necessity becomes the units focal point and de facto leader. But a franchise player is one who not only distinguishes himself from his peers, he separates himself from practically every other teams best player by exhibiting the talent, aptitude and character needed to lead his mates on a championship run. Not every team has a franchise player.

Has Carmelo Anthony displayed the skill and will to be held in such regard? The Denver Nuggets think so. Problem is, Carmelo Anthony doesn’t want to be a Denver Nugget, presumably because he doesn’t like their chances of winning.

Now this could be attributed to instability in the Rocky Mountain state and the recent happenings in South Beach, but at what point does Melo have to assume responsibility? Sure, he can put the ball in the basket, but can he do so more efficiently? Furthermore, what about the opposite end of the court, you know where the other guy gets to shoot? Does he take defense as seriously as scoring? Yeah, his rebounding has improved, but couldn’t it be better? And yes, it’s questionable if the characters currently under contract in Denver can even be led, but ask yourself this too: Has Melo done enough to lead them?

Regardless, Melo doesn’t necessarily owe Denver any more than what he’s already given and this final year of his contract. However, the more important question is whether this newfound desire to ply his trade elsewhere is a matter of competitive spirit or mere convenience. In other words, does he want a team where he can improve or one that will mask his deficiencies? If not Denver, where can a volume scorer, poor defender, underwhelming boardsman and passive leader succeed?

I honestly don’t mean to harp on the mans shortcomings, but when discussing the leagues top ten players it’s no longer a matter of what one can do as much as what one can’t.

In this profession greatness is solely defined through continually meeting and raising expectations. Another trip to the Conference Finals isn’t guaranteed and Syracuse seems like decades ago. We’ve begun to lower our expectations of Carmelo Anthony. Of course this doesn’t matter nearly as much as what he expects of himself, which we’ll find out soon enough. Only then will any other answers become clear.

Now if you’re asking me anyway, I’d have to say no. Melo isn’t a franchise player. Then again, only five guys are. What he is, however, is the sixth best player in the NBA.

That’s still pretty great.

SLAMonline TOP 50 PLAYERS OVERALL RANK POSITION RANK
Player Team Position 2010 2009 2010 2009
Ray Allen Celtics SG 50 36 10 9
Gilbert Arenas Wizards SG 49 34 9 8
Lamar Odom Lakers PF 48 33 14 10
John Wall Wizards PG 47 NR 13 NR
OJ Mayo Grizzlies SG 46 46 8 12
Al Horford Hawks C 45 NR 6 NR
Jason Kidd Mavs PG 44 45 12 10
Joakim Noah Bulls C 43 NR 5 NR
LaMarcus Aldridge Blazers PF 42 39 13 12
David West Hornets PF 41 31 12 8
Monta Ellis Warriors SG 40 NR 7 NR
Andrew Bogut Bucks C 39 NR 4 NR
Yao Ming Rockets C 38 NR 3 NR
Brandon Jennings Bucks PG 37 NR 11 NR
Zach Randolph Grizzlies PF 36 NR 11 NR
Stephen Curry Warriors PG 35 NR 10 NR
David Lee Warriors PF 34 NR 10 NR
Brook Lopez Nets C 33 NR 2 NR
Gerald Wallace Bobcats SF 32 NR 7 NR
Manu Ginobili Spurs SG 31 29 6 7
Tony Parker Spurs PG 30 15 9 3
Kevin Garnett Celtics PF 29 13 9 3
Rudy Gay Grizzlies SF 28 44 6 9
Josh Smith Hawks PF 27 40 8 13
Andre Iguodala 76ers SG 26 26 5 6
Al Jefferson Jazz PF 25 23 7 7
Russell Westbrook Thunder PG 24 NR 8 NR
Chauncey Billups Nuggets PG 23 19 7 5
Tyreke Evans Kings PG 22 NR 6 NR
Danny Granger Pacers SF 21 21 5 5
Carlos Boozer Bulls PF 20 32 6 9
Paul Pierce Celtics SF 19 17 4 4
Joe Johnson Hawks SG 18 20 4 4
Rajon Rondo Celtics PG 17 27 5 8
Amar’e Stoudemire Knicks PF 16 16 5 6
Steve Nash Suns PG 15 22 4 6
Tim Duncan Spurs PF 14 6 4 1
Chris Bosh Heat PF 13 13 3 4
Derrick Rose Bulls PG 12 18 3 4
Brandon Roy Blazers SG 11 10 3 3
Pau Gasol Lakers PF 10 14 2 5
Dirk Nowiztki Mavs PF 9 9 1 2
Deron Williams Jazz PG 8 11 2 2
Chris Paul Hornets PG 7 4 1 1
Carmelo Anthony Nuggets SF 6 7 3 2

Notes
• Rankings are based solely on projected ’10-11 performance.
• Contributors to this list include: Jeremy Bauman, Maurice Bobb, Erildas Budraitis, Sean Ceglinsky, Ben Collins, Bryan Crawford, Sandy Dover, Adam Figman, Manny Maduakolam, Eddie Maisonet, Ryne Nelson, Doobie Okon, Ben Osborne, Charles Peach, Branden Peters, Quinn Peterson, David Schnur, Todd Spehr, Kyle Stack, Adam Sweeney, Dennis Tarwood, Tracy Weissenberg, Lang Whitaker, Eric Woodyard, and Nima Zarrabi.
• Want more of the SLAMonline Top 50? Check out the archive.

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  • Joe

    5 Durant
    4 Wade
    3 Howard
    2 Lebron
    1 Kobe

  • Washtub

    So Howard better than Melo?
    Crack

  • http://www.nba.com Jessdogg

    5 Howard
    4 Durant
    3 Wade
    2 Kobe
    1 Lebron

  • Phoo

    CP3 only #7? I have him top 3. BTW no love for Chris Kaman?

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    So Chris Paul is not a franchise player?

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    5 Howard
    4 Durant
    3 Bron
    2 Wade
    1 James I mean, Kobe

  • jer

    man wat the hell. myles brown is a hater. why did u guys even let him write for melo if he was going to hate on him

  • spit hot fiyah

    almost conviced me melo is not even top 10 with this article

  • JD

    5. Howard
    4. Durant
    3. Wade
    2. LeBron
    1. Kobe

  • VisionofGreatness

    Melo isn’t a leader, period. He decided to follow the LeBron James trend during the offseason just like CP3. Chauncey Billups is the leader of that team. He can score but he should be a much better rebounder than he is. The guys on ESPN’s NBA Tonight show last night said something that I agree with. Melo is not going to make any team that he eventually goes to a championship contender.

  • arthur

    Five franchise players in the league, and Miami have two of them… that says it all really.

  • Joe

    I still think that Kobe should be #1.

    Two time reigning finals MVP seals the deal.

  • jahmai

    5. Howard
    4. Durant
    3. Wade
    2. Kobe
    1. LeBron

    I’m a fan of Kobe, but I actually think that Kevin Durant will surpass him this season. KD’s rebouding defense and passing is getting better every game.

  • jahmai

    Even though everybody’s hating on LeBron right now, when I saw him play his first game, this preseason, I just forgot how good he was, because we’re all just so focused on his off-season actions. Honestly (not a LeBron fan) he’s just head and shoulders above everyone. If he has a night where he has 25-6-5, it’s mediocre for him and that just shows you how good he actually is and how high he has set the bar.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Lebron is amazing. Best in the NBA. But he is sharing his amazing nights/amazing stats with Wade now. Who is the leader on Miami. Second, did anyone see the Toronto game last night, how does Barg, at 7 feet, not lead his team in rebounds, he wasn’t even top 5 in rebounds last night… and that is just on his own team!! WTF. Last thing, Myles I kind of like this write up. The thing that has always bothered me about Melo is when every other great player in the NBA takes games and situations seriously, he is just laughing, as if to play it off and have an excuse for if he fails. Almost to say he wasn’t trying. I like Melo more than Bron, but now I am switching sides. I which he would take playing a little more serious!!

  • Joe

    Hate to further derail the Melo post, but I have to disagree with the above two posts. Lebron is amazing, but not the best in the NBA. Not yet, what could be a better measure of excellence than being the reigning two time finals MVP?

  • BBaller

    I fear if Melo stays with Denver, he may be eligible for that club Malone, Stockton, Barkley, Ewing and Dominique Wilkins’ belong too.

  • AT33

    1. LeBron
    .
    .
    .
    2. Kobe / Wade
    3. Durant
    4. Howard
    .
    LeBron is miles away from anybody. He is the next Jordan and Magic combined. Wade and Kobe are on the same level, eye to eye.. even though I prefer Wade. Durant is going to be Nr. 2 i a year or two.

  • http://twitter.com/on_ray henry

    i believe that cp3 and dwill would be considered franchise playes

  • AT33

    I actually would put Melo ahead of Howard if he would play some better defense and I do think he would if he played on a better team. Melo is a very special player, Howard is nice to have for some defensive presents but he’s not gonna win you a championship.

  • VisionofGreatness

    @ AT33
    Sorry, LeBron isn’t miles away from anyone. Can’t say that about a guy who can get a 40 plus win team into the Finals, but can’t get a 60 win team to the Finals.

  • CannibalREX

    SO Howard is a franchise player? what as he done in the playoff apart lettin’ rashard hit treys e be swallowed by the lakers?

    If Durant is a better franchise player than Melo then I’m Mahatma Gandhi .

    I concede that Wade and Bryant have stronger personalities.

    Lebron is riskin’ an Allen Iverson style career, in my humble opinion .

  • madis

    Convincing stuff, I liked this one.

    Also, what jahmai said

  • hangtime Hec

    Honestly if I had a choice to a franchise player I would have chosen the last 4 players over DHoward. Just sayin’. The day Howard leads his team to a championship is the day I light myself on fire.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Melo not a franchise player? I think our expectations have gotten a tiny bit out of hand for our franchise players. In a head to head matchup Melo is Lebron’s match and quite frankly is more valuable in the 4th quarter. Does not being a point-forward mean you are worse at your position? Melo is the prototypical small forward. Yes, his D is lacking somewhat but he’s no worse than Durant who apparently makes the list; same can be said about his playmaking abilities. Really not a fan of this write up. If Melo just commits to sticking around in Denver to play out his contract don’t be surprised how well they do with a healthy George Karl.

  • WolfNast

    I got my mind in fantasy mode so this ranking seems like bs. But he is good. Just not at fantasy.

  • Furious

    And I never knew Gandhi was enough of a basketball fan to be posting on websites. That’s gotta be a plus for SLAM. Big name fan. Probably won’t help with the Chinese market though.

  • mubwar

    melo didn’t crack the top 5…i cannot believe Durantula and Superman are gonna be ahead of him…we all know who the top 3…1. James, 2. Wade and 3. Bryan….

  • Morgan

    So many questions Myles, that was more like an episode of lost than a review. Totally disagree with the “only 5 franchise players” idea – unless we completely disagree on what Franchise is (makes the difference between it being just another team and a legit Championship Threat, the kind of player you build around for years). Let’s see: Dirk, Howard, Wade, Kobe, Yao, DWill, Durant, LeBron. If anyone of those players gets an injury that team isn’t making it far in the playoffs, Yao’s proof of that.

  • cadmus

    howard
    wade
    durant
    either kobe and lebronze will be the number 1.

  • max
  • Sparty’s Law

    Every GM in the NBA would rather have either Williams or Paul than Carmelo Anthony. Great player, and top 10 for sure, but this is too high for him.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    This has GOT to be the WORST write up so far… why not let someone who actually likes Melo to write it?

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    And durant s nice, but he still hasn’t done anything to prove himself, PLUS Melo dominates in head to head match-ups, so i dont know how u can say he’s better

  • http://www.slamonline jumpman3224

    Prediction:
    5. Howard
    4. Wade
    3. Durant
    2. LBJ
    1. Mamba

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Just because: 1) KD (Dude is going to do more, statistically, than Wade, Bron and Kobe, this should even be debatable, although he’s not the best player in the game by a long shot) 2)Bron. His stats will still be at a high level and will have a ton of minutes to put them up. It may not be 30,8,8 but it will still probably be 25, 7 & 9. 3) Kobe. His minutes will be reduced….he’ll still get 26-28 pts a game and his team will be the top in the West. 4)D-Wade. Will be the one guy everyone will overlook and that will suit him fine. He’ll probably average more pts than Bron and lead the Heat in clutch plays, making life easy for his new running mates. 5)DaHowitzer. I’m not sure if a dude so physically gifted can have so many holes in his game, but he does. This is a make or break season for the Magic. They’ve got to push past their critics. They bombed out in the Finals two seasons ago. They bombed out in the playoffs last year and now they may have been nullified irrelevant for the next few years due to moves made my the Heat, Bulls and the next two seasons of Celtic ball.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Ooooooh boy. Dwight, i hope you paid good attention to Hakeem’s footwork in those drills. Cause it’s gonna take a few hundred dreamshakes/dropsteps/basic low post go-to-moves. to prove to me that your ’10/11 performance is gonna justify your ranking ahead of Deron, CP3 or even this hotstepper ranked at no.6.

  • Groves

    myles stop hating

  • Dagger

    Great article: well-written, good structure and a nice argument. I’d have to agree with its conclusions: Melo is a hell of a player but his lingering deficiencies mean he doesn’t fit into that “franchise” player category. On the other hand, I suspect the same applies to Howard, as well.

  • KB8toSG8

    Poor poor write up. And lol @at something……

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Hey Seed, I mean Eboy, whats up? lol

  • CannibalREX

    What I meant is that Melo and DUrant are just pretty similiar: they are iperatlethic Sf with range and take me to the hoop abilities, both of them are somewhere lacking in D.
    Only difference is that melo has always been playin’ with great guards (Iverson, Billups) while DUrant has to play with Russel “MOhawk” westbrook who is quite frankly just a nice role player, so Durant has to do a little bit of everything @OKC.
    If durant were playing in a more rounded team (Celtics, lakers, Orlando, even Denever) i’m not fully sold on the idea he would be better than Melo .

  • meloman2.0

    ^^^^ Russel Westbrooke is a “nice role player”??
    He’s one of the best young point guards in the game,was clearly the leader on his team in the playoffs Vs the Lakers in the playoffs last season (while Kd struggled), and he’s number 24 on this list what more could u want?

  • http://Slamonline.com Mvp23100

    See the common fan has become spoiled melo has shortcomings but give him the same time you gave Kobe and Mike to mature Durant right now is not better than melo and dhoward has not developed for everything melo doesn’t do look at he’s top 4 in the L

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    lol stopped reading at “Westbrook is just a nice player”. Or struggling to read at least

  • CannibalREX

    In order to make the THunder a rounded team?

    1) a Defensive-minded sg who could score from deep and pair against the best of the crop (John Salmons everybody??)
    2) A true pf who wouldn’t bullied around by the various Gasol, kmart, odom Z-bo of this world ). Green is good but he’s a big three not a 4
    3) a true center, with post moves and rebounding capabilities .

    If OKC had all of these things, I don’t really believe in Durantula putting up 30 + points every given night

    Melo > Durant, face it folks

    And by the way, Billups at his age his on this list higher than RW :)

  • riggs

    i love your articles myles and you as a writer but seriously wtf man?

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Mvp, it’s been 7 years. Time to mature? Kobe and Mike were killing the league at this point in their careers. To be honest, I think Melo’s hit the ceiling, or near it. He’s almost as good as he ever will be, he could get better defensively, but being really good at that part of the game takes a mental toughness I just don’t think Melo’s capable of. I feel bad saying it cuz he has probably the most polished all-around games in the L offensively, but the kid’s head just isn’t there.

  • http://Slamonline oso22

    Ok carmelo isn’t a franchise player?…Dwight howard is one? How can Dwight howards lead a team without another star. Name one dominant big that has had sucess without a point gaurd swingman star. Shaq had wade and Kobe, Hakeem had clyde, duncun has tp and Manu and before that had Robinson, needless to be said with that combo you don’t need that person. My second statement is that if you’re going to critize melo for being only a scorer(arguably the best in the NBA) why can’t you critize Durant for being the same?…he’s avg a rebound better than melo and an assist less so that offsets eachother and of u take away jeff green and russel Westbrook then the thunder would look like they did 3 years ago when they were the sonics

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Melo is a bit overrated. When he got drafted I called him a more athletic Glenn Robinson and so far he hasn’t proven me wrong.

  • T-Money

    I actually have no issue with Melo’s game: he’s a stone cold scorer with ice in his veins during crunchtime and a very good rebounder at the 3 (I don’t know what you’re talking about Myles). His shortcomings on defense are exagerated, he’s no worse than a lot of superstars in this league just not on that Bron/Wade/Kob level of commitment to defense. However, the guy is just too immature to lead. You can pretty much guarantee one incident a year with Melo. And he pouts from time to time. Guys in the huddle look at Billups for direction and, for that reason, I have to agree that he’s not a franchise player.

  • The Philosopher

    I called him Robinson and Glen Rice when he was coming up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If you were having a hypothetical draft of today’s NBA players, where would Melo finish? Out of the top 10? I bet you he would on a lot of people’s imaginary draft boards.

  • AdrianC513

    So Ron Artest Didnt Crack the Top 50?

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    6.5 boards a game is great for a three? Maybe. But for a three of Melo’s considerable gifts? I don’t think 8 should be out of the question.

  • rikson

    I agree Durant is not better than Melo… Same vice-versa though!

  • Ben Flook

    I’m wondering when exactly did Durant leapfrog Melo? Melo can score ridiculous numbers in FIBA play too, and he usually does it with Kobe/LeBron/Wade on the wings with him.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Melo is a heck of a scorer and is almost as clutch as they come, however he is average or below average in every other department – not even close to being a complete player. In my opinion he is way overrated because of the fans/pundits strong emphasis on scoring points. However if I was a coach and my job was to win a game and or championship, I would much rather have anyone out of Gasol, Dirk, Deron, CP3 and Duncan (even at this stage of his career) on my team. Melo can fill it up with the best of them, but a lot of NBA players have that ability to a lesser extent. It is much harder to find the intangibles that the aforementioned players all bring to the plate. Great player just not great enough to be above around 4-5 players on this list. Even if the criteria is mostly production/stats based.

  • Michael Whyte

    COSIGN@ jahmai.
    Kevin Durant is not the number 1 ranked NBA player. That is ridiculous. It’s a two horse race. LBJ or the Mamba. Kobe probably gets it for the rings. Lebron is better now IMO. But who am i.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    Durant > Melo. How is that even a question? He’s a better rebounder and has a three point shot that Melo doesn’t. If we call everything else equal that alone makes him better, no?

  • Mo

    Yeah see. This is that bullsh*t. Anthony ain’t better than Paul.

  • Mo

    Neither is Dwight Howard.

  • http://vandelay-industries.org Art Vandelay

    So Dwight is Top 5… GOD, it’s great what a Superman-Cape can do…

  • Mo

    Neither Howard nor Anthony has gotten to the 30 PER mark. And Anthony is still putting up Chris Paul’s rookie PER numbers. GTFO. LMAO.

  • mubwar

    after reading most of this comments….we make more sense then the writer…dhoward cannot be in the top 5…no lie but i prefer Brook Lopez, he just doesn’t get any respect because he played a few years for the Nets…As long as the KING is number one and not that whiny number 24 its all good to me…

  • http://Slamonline.com Mvp23100

    @Melvin Ely
    Mj was 28 when he got that first ring I do question his mental toughness but his flaws are exaggerated 28-6 is better then decent ok he may not rebound like we want him to on the other end he’s efficient in the clutch and you can find more flaws in the next 2 players on the list

  • JTaylor21

    KD is overrated and Melo is better than him.

  • T-Money

    The only edge I give to Melo over KD is that Melo can’t be thrown off his game. We’ve seen KD bothered by tight, physical defense on multiple occasiosn last year and Artest absolutely handed it to him in the 1st round (35% fg, 5 ppg LESS than his regular season average). That ish don’t work with Melo, he’s a bear. KD does have him on range. The difference in rebounding is somewhat trivial. I’d choose KD over Melo too but it would have more to do with off-court stuff, I just don’t know how bad he wants it. I remember him saying ish like Kobe is his mentor DURING a series vs Lakers. Cmon son…

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    I’m glad Jtaylor21 said that because now I KNOW I’m right.

  • http://Slamonline.com Mvp23100

    @Bryan
    Durant is better than Melo if were talking potential but his main flaw was shown in the playoffs he’s lanky he needs to eat a steak or he’ll struggle against physical defenders there’s NOTHING you can do against Melo and let him get out the first round before we give him all this praise

  • T-Money

    It would be nice if the writers handling the top 5 could be actual fans of the players. I really don’t feel like going though another round of half-a–ed articles with thinly veiled shots at Kobe, Bron, Dwight (Wade and KD don’t really have haters it seems). Why not just highlight how amazing they are for once?

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Because then someone else will call the writer a biased, nut hugging, d*ckrider. No matter what, there will always be complaints.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    If Melo isn’t scoring what is he doing? Durant had a 19 rebound game in the playoffs. Also a 4 block game. If I remember right anyway. He still got to the line. The point is , he can contribute even when he isn’t scoring, if Melo isn’t dropping buckets he ain’t doing sh*t.

  • JD

    This list is for next season right?
    5 Howard
    4 Wade
    3 Bryant
    2 Durant
    1 LeBron

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I’d take at least CP3 over Melo, maybe even Deron.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Co-sign Myles’ 12:12 comment. Trust me, I know…

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    As for Melo being not being a franchise guy — meaning a player you can build around that will eventually lead a team to a championship — I’ll have to agree with Myles on that one. Yes, he’s a great scorer in the NBA, but so is Monta Ellis. What else does Melo do that justifies the “franchise” tag outside of putting him on your roster and making him the face of your team to boost ticket sales?

  • michael

    5 franchise players….what a load of sh1t. cp3, deron, dirk, td at least qualify as franchise players. Hell, Nash is pretty much the definition of franchise player. It isnt always just the numbers. Melo a great scorer, but yes overrated here, i would choose deron, cp, dirk, pau over him. weird write up…

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Melo boards very well for his position, remember, he has kmart and nene closer to the rim gettn boards too. Durant plays a good amount of four and is closer for rebounds. Melo is fukkn unstoppable, ask bron, ask kobe. Durant has been stopped, and will until he gets stronger. Melo is a good passer, but thats not his role, hes not asked or supposed to be like bron and handle thee ball all game and get 8assists. His defense has improved. Funny how myles can read melos mind and knows hes not taking it seriously, thats talent miss cleo, I mean miss myles. Melo is a franchise player, no question.

  • mubwar

    i dislike idiotic comments…if Melo goes to Nets today with the same roster as last year, they’ll win about 50 games, not last year’s horrific 12…Ellis can never do that…Melo is a nightly 40 point outburst…

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    I had Deron and Paul over him. Both of those guys, I’ll take in a playoff series over Carmelo. But yes, he’s talented.
    Then again, I also have Dwight at #10. Which is probably a tad low, but I just can’t respect his game. At all.
    My guess at SLAM’s top 5 remains alive though. Sure hope we see Howard tomorrow!

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @Mubwar: You don’t watch Monta Ellis ( or basketball) very much, do you? And the Nets winning 50 games last year with Melo — considering their roster, lack of defense, and coaching turmoil — is about as idiotic of a comment as it gets. Pot, meet kettle…

  • http://5vemics.com eli porter

    5.lebron
    4.wade
    3.howard
    2.kobe
    1.durant

    real talk

  • Sanger

    1 lebron
    2 kobe
    3 durant
    4 wade
    5 paul
    6 deron
    7 howard

  • Sanger

    And THAT is the truth^^

  • Exile

    Surprised E-Boy stepped out with Durant as a potential number one. Then again, I doubt he would care where Bosh, DWade and LBJ fell on this list as their combined effect will eclipse most teams this coming year.

  • SWIFTboy

    5. Howard
    4. Wade
    3. Kobe
    2. LeBron
    1. Durant

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    After all the Kobe stuff SLAM has been pimpin this summer, how can any of you guys really expect anyone else to be no1?

  • whitey131

    5.wade
    4.Howard
    3.LeBron
    2.Kobe
    1.Durant

  • whitey131

    Rose should be above roy, paul, and gasol and dirk

  • meloman2.0

    their ability to score is pretty much equal, but the only reason Durant gets more rebounds is because OKC has no true centre and Melo has to compete with K-mart and Nene. Melo is a much better play maker (for those who actually watch him play atleast) and is more clutch in 4th quarter situations. i again repeat, DURANT HAS DONE NOTHING INCREDIBLE TO DESERVE A SPOT OVER MELO

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @Meloman – Perhaps you are more biased than most regarding Carmelo?
    Consider this: the rankings are based on projected production. Carmelo, by most people’s accounts, has reached his ceiling. This is it for him. A scorer, not a killer. Talented, but not top tier.
    People expect more out of Durant. He’s ALREADY shown he can do everything that Carmelo can. Next year, we’re expecting him to do more. That’s why he’s ahead of Anthony.

  • doyouwantmore

    Kobe
    Wade
    Dwight
    Lebron
    KD

  • PapaBearATL

    This is a projected, 10-11 list right? Statistically, LBJ and DWades numbers are gonna drop drastically, right? Kobe is gonna be playing less minutes to preserve his body for the playoffs, Howard’s defense is amazing, if he picked up a post move or 2 this offseason, I see a 20-10 avg. Durant seems like he is in a position to have better stats, might not translate into a Chip, though.
    5. Howard
    4. Wade
    3. James
    2. Bryant
    1. Durant

  • flipnoyce

    If Melo is not a franchise player then something is wrong with Denver trying to extend his contract or even try to get something in return for his departure. Any below 500 team would love to have a Guy like him, because that means an instant playoff. Although thats not enough to most fan of a team. Melo just needs to man up and be an outspoken leader. A little bit of D won’t hurt either. I understand he needs to be more mature and take the game seriously, but hey I’m only a fan who am I to burst his bubbles, thats LALA’s job- thats why he wants to be in NY.

  • Pugz

    @AT33 When did your short bus drop you off, and who gave you a computer? maybe you should have watched the playoff run of a guy with 9 fingers, half a knee, and a recovering ankle. Maybe you should’ve watched how he closed out the suns, i don’t think you’d be talking ANYTHING if you had any sense to you haha.

    the REAL list
    5. Howard
    4. Wade
    3. LeBron
    2. Durant
    1. Kobe

  • unrel

    this is a list or proposed production, right?.. if that’s true.. then howard and durrant will be 2 and 1.. kobe and bron should fight for 4 and 5.. and wade will be 3 (assuming it’s still his team).. it’s not a ranking of best player in the league.. because of that’s the case.. we should have more lakers and celtics in the top 10.. being the last two teams standing..

  • http://Egotastic.com Michael

    1.Kobe
    2.Durant
    3.James
    4.Wade
    5.Howard

  • unrel

    but a solid spot for melo.. but i think i’d rank him behind dwill and cp3..

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Great writeup, Myles. When I saw Carmelo ranked #6, I was shaking my head thinking it was too high for him, but your analysis of his game is completely on point. For all his scoring prowess, I always thought this guy was overrated. He shoots a low percentage, and definitely isn’t mature enough yet to be a leader. His attitude and body language absolutely sucks when his team is struggling.

  • PlanetAsia14

    5. Dwight Howard
    4. LeBron James
    3. Dwyane Wade
    2. Kevin Durant
    1. KOBE BRYANT

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    M cho, and what has kobes attitude and body language been when his team struggled?

  • ezra

    wow dwight howard and carmelo are not better than chris paul!! neither of them could carry a franchise the way paul does, look at the help each of them get and they still have never won

  • BRAVO

    5 DWIGHT HOWARD
    4 DWAYNE WADE
    3 KEVIN DURANT
    2 LEBRON JAMES
    1 KING KOBE BRYANT!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    This spots good. Melo is 27 turning 28 if I’m not mistaken so likely we will not see much improvement from him as a player. He might fight for the scoring title but he isn’t even a double double threat, and won’t push a team to conference championship contender on his own. The rest of the guys on this list are. Wade Howard Bryant James Durant (who is far more efficient and a better defender).

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Bulls missed their chance with this one. Have fun with your Noah, though. I hear she’s pretty great.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @Anton: Meh…

  • Harrell

    @nbk Melo is 26 also KD is about the same type of guy, high volume scorer I have yet to see any true surges of anythng else.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Screwed up ranking. Should be 9th or 10th. SLAM bias, hey now!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Carmelo Anthony’s player efficiency rating LAST SEASON was 60th. Kevin Durant was 3rd. Durant shoots a better % from EVEYWHERE. Rebounds better, and was actually 5th in defensive win shares. There is not one metric that says carmelo anthony is a better player. Whether you believe in advanced statistics or statistics in general, it has to say something when a guy (carmelo) is worse in every category important to a small forward. (Melo is only better in terms of assists)

  • Michael Whyte

    It is utterly absurd to put Kevin Durant at number 1 people. The guy scored really well last year. Failed in the playoffs, cannot defend, cannot effectively get his team mates involved, and fails to improve guys around him. He could be something special, but i rank 3-4 others before him. A breakout scoring year. The guy is getting too much kudos for being a nice guy. Other than that he isn’t there yet, even he admits (check his twitter). For arguements sake my list is
    1. Kobe (the guy below is coming for you mamba)
    2. Lebron (any lower and you are kidding yourselves)
    3. D.Wade
    4. Chris Paul (a healthy CP is legit)
    5. Dwight (i’m not the biggest fan of his game but his defense puts him so high on this list)
    6. Durant/Dirk/Melo (who knows)

    This list will be fun in a few years. Watch for Blake G and John W this year yewwwwww

  • http://slamonline.com SpaceJam

    Melo and KD are about the same. This spot is not justified. He should be above Howard but below CP3. He is arguably the scorer in the league and a good rebounder @ the 3. He is not as bad a defender as people make him out to be, killer in the clutch, and a good passer. Unlike LeBron, he doesn’t need to get 9 assist per game b/c he has Billups. How many pg actually get over 3 assist per game. His job is to score and help win games, he does that almost better than anybody.

  • http://slamonline.com SpaceJam

    ^^ Got it right. I probably put durant over dwight though. Can’t go wrong with either.

  • Byebye

    Durant is a good player but he not in the top 5 players in the league jus cuz he won the world championship in turkey the foreign teams didn’t have there top players so to anoint him the best ever is premature at this stage in his Career don’t get me wrong he is silky smooth but that don’t make a hall of famer he fraile he cud end his playing days today

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    I got nothin, B. Slow news day.

  • Michael Whyte

    cosign byebye!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Durant and Westbrook did take the back to back champs to 6 games, in his first playoff series. He is 5 years younger then Carmelo, and his future is not in question, leaving only production and winning to worry about. Melo has a lot on his plate this season, like mainly where his address will be in 8 months, so its pretty understandable to think he will not be as effective as a guy who was more effective then him last season. smh

  • Ryan.T.

    Dwight Howard better then MELO?!?! Fuhhh That!!

  • http://solefoodu.com Shai E.

    Easy 1-5

    5. Kobe – Team doesnt need him as much as before.
    4. Dwight Howard – Anchor of the Orlando Magic
    3. Wade – Partner in Crime to LBJ
    2. Lebron James – Batman or Robin doesnt matter Triple Double Everynight is possible.
    1. Kevin Durant – TOP SCORER, KING ZEUS

  • Michael Whyte

    @Shai E. without kobe lakers dont win championship. kobe is by no means my favourite player, but damn ranking him 5 is STUPID

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    I actually liked the write-up, don’t care much about Melo though…

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    You talk about melo doesn’t have leadership lebron doesn’t either he ran over there with wade to ask him for help. And if you really watch melo instead of looking at stats or listening to what other people say you would see that he does get double teamed everyone he touches the ball. He doesn’t use screens to get a big man or a weaker defender on him. He goes at whoever thinks they can guard him. And you talk about melo defense lebron doesn’t play good d. Yea he might get a few chase down blocks but as far as guarding his man he doesn’t do a job

  • JTaylor21

    Myles PLEASE stop. Your non-basketball knowledge is just stinking up the world wide web. Bron doesn’t play good D??????????? He only gets chase down blocks??????????? Are you sure you write for a basketball mag, that has to be the WORST comment ever by far from any of slam writers. Congrats that comment would be added onto the Slam Wall of Shame along side others like JamestheBroad and eboyhater.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Myles what in the world that comment is crazy. Are you mad about something? There is no way in the world you could say LeBron is comparable to Melo on defense. LeBron just absolutely locked paul pierce in a coffin not more then 5 months ago, and everyone knows Carmelo is a below-par defender. And how a player goes about scoring does not make him better then anyone else, the fact that melo just goes at everyone can be seen as a negative as much as it can be a positive. It can also be attributed to why he is so inefficient, and prone to getting into scoring contests, rather then championship races.

  • BBaller

    Once again , for next year please SLAM, can you do a list by position. Chris Paul is a better PG than DHoward and Melo, DHoward is a better Center than CP3 or Melo and you guessed it Melo is a better forward than either of those two. Saying CP# is better than Howard is a waste of time.If Howard is the best Center in the NBA then of course he belongs in a top 5 conversation.Whats happened to the league if a center is not.Melo is the 2nd or 3rd best small forward in the league, the only worthy comparison to make!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    1. The comment above is not me. Theres something wrong with the comments where occasionally someone elses name will appear above your post. Youve been around here long enough to know that.

    2. Theres no such thing as “non-knowledge” you idiot.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    JTaylor you seriously need to focus on the basketball side of everything rather then trying to talk isht to people. your obnoxious and it is annoying

  • bashmo

    To those people wondering if, in fact carmelo is a franchise player, he is most definitely so. He has been there number 1 scoring option since draft day 03..and had led them to the WCF in 2009. He is a complete scorer, and while may lack defensive ability, is definitely better than durant offensively.

    Man, Melo should be easily in the top 5..Dwight Howard in the top 5? Ask yourself, is Dwight better than CP3, Deron Williams, or even Pau Gasol? I am a magic fan, their my favourite team in fact, but Howards offensive abilty is beyond sub-par, and his defensive ability does not make up for his lack of post moves and footwork. My Top 5:

    Kobe
    Lebron
    Wade
    Melo
    Dirk

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    gotcha myles my bad. i thought you lost your marbles

  • BBaller

    What i mean by a top 5 conversation, when you are talking with someone new about current BBall, and who arethe first five names you talk about, Howard, Lebron, Kobe,Wade should all come up.If not, those people don’t regard Defense as important.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Chauncee Billups led that Nuggets team to the WCF. That’s all everyone talked about from december to the end of the season, how he changed the culture in denver, and was leading the team in a way Iverson and Melo couldn’t

  • JTaylor21

    I said non-basketball as in you must have being talking about something other than basketball. Now who’s the IDIOT???

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    That still doesnt make any sense. So, yes, youre still the idiot.

  • BBaller

    @Myles, i know you are not me.Or did i just happen to precede your comment?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He’s here to argue – about anything and everything. Where you got Melo finishing the year Myles?

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    @Tarzan Cooper: I wouldn’t know — I rarely watch Lakers games unless they’re playing a team I support. I’m about as big a Kobe hater as they come, dude.

  • JTaylor21

    Speaking of idiots uhmmm remember apostrophes are your friends and NO I’m not talking about Peter, James or John.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    No clue, dude. Just happens every so often. As for Melo, if youre asking for a ranking, Id say 8 or so. Its hard to say what hell do considering he might get traded at any minute. And if he goes to New Jersey or somewhere similar, his stats may go up but that doesnt necessarily mean he got any better.

  • JTaylor21

    Speaking of morons, remember apostrophes are your friends and NO I’m not talking about Matthew, Peter, James or John.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    my fault myles, what team you have him finishing the year on?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Oh. No clue about that either. He has very little control in the situation and theres no telling what Denver will do. Id like to see him in a better situation like Chicago, but I understand their reluctance to part with Noah. The Knicks are just a pipe dream, in my opinion and Jersey doesnt have much to give either. Honestly the best roster available for Melo is also the worst team to play for. The Clippers. As long as they keep Griffin and Kaman, theyd be good.

  • Hype

    There is no way that Dwight Howard is better than Carmelo Anthony..and frankly, Durant isnt better than Melo, or CP3 either. This Durant Hype is getting out of hand. This guy has ONE great season, and a playoff exit, and we are christening him as the player carrying the NBA torch for the next 10yrs, when Lebron and Melo are only 4yrs older than him.

    If you look at melo’s career. He avgd 29ppg 6rb 4apg and shot almost 48% from the field and had a first round exit when he was like 22. Same exact thing durant did and he gets thrown in the realm of being a top 3 player. Durant is not better than Melo or cp3. People love to talk about how melo doesnt avg like 7ast per game..and thats because he doesnt need to do that. Hes a prototypical small forward. If u watch a nuggets game, u will see how well melo passes, and he often gets hockey assist, which dont show up in the stat column. A correct ranking of the top 10 players should go as follows:

    1. Kobe
    2. Lebron
    3. Dwade
    4. Melo
    5. Chris Paul
    6. Dirk
    7. Durant
    8. Dwill
    9. Dwight
    10.Nash

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    JTaylor: I think you’re mistaking “apostrophe” and “apostle”. I’m correcting you gently because I’m still cracking up over it.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    JTaylor: single handedly bringing down the SLAM comments section IQ since, I dunno, a few months ago.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    JTaylor is the Glenn Beck of Slamonline. If you make any well reasoned point against him, he’ll simply attack you personally. Oh, Kevin Durant had a higher PER than Melo? Uhh, well, you’re stupid and wrong and gay! Get this dude off the site.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    And Myles, I still think that Orlando is the best fit for Melo if the Magic keep Jameer and Dwight.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    @ Myles. I’ve been suggesting that he could be best at Clippers too. But, they’ve got to give Kaman. Here’s my idea of that. Clippers get Melo + filler (possibly Afflalo or birdman). Nuggets get Kaman and Gordon. Nuggets stay competing for a West spot and Clips got a better chance in getting a spot too. Melo have solid partners in B.diddy and Griffin(he’s legit) and Nuggets have a all-star durable big in Kaman and a future star in Gordon (he’s better than JR.). Not to mention Melo is goin to a big market city. The only hole is if Melo is interested in extension. Maybe the Clips give too much? What’s your take on this?

  • Furious

    I’d almost be willing to trade out JTaylor for the Greek guy. That’s how bad it’s become.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Cosign Furious

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    @ Caboose. Idk ’bout orlando. If they have to keep Dwight and Jameer which they will, they have to unload at least Rashard which the Nuggets don’t want any part of. VC? the same. That means they are left to trade role guys (Reddick, Pietrus, Q-Rich, etc.) which doesnt equal to the talent level combined. Orlando basically killed flexibility through trades by getting VC and ‘Shard.. Magic’s best trade assets for a Melo type deal? Yes, Dwight.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    @J: I think that makes the most sense for both teams, by far. A Melo/Griffin combo is really something, plus, as you say, thats a solid return for the Nuggets. I’d check the trade machine for salaries, except, I can’t here at work.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    J, Vince has value with that expiring contract of his, especially if Denver wants financial flexibility. Gortat, Orton, and Bass could all be fairly valuable trade pieces considering Marcin and Brandon would start on most other teams. Throw in some first round picks and its not too far fetched.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I’m so looking forward to Melo joining the Knicks.

  • Paul

    No Caron Butler?? WTF?

  • http://slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    1)CP3/Dirk/DWill are all franchise players…
    2)Why the hate on Melo’s rebounding which is 6.5ish, theres only 3 other sf’s who average more, Gerald Wallace whos a beast, and bron/durant who average just 1 more. He’s a 6’8″ 230lbs SF, just a lil bigger than the average SF but he already has good rebounders on his team.
    3)His defense is underrated. This happens all the time in basketball. Because hes so good on offense, anything less on defense will be considered bad, when in reality, compared to other SF’s in the league, his defense is pretty average. Not bad not good.
    4)Best damn scorer in the league since ’06 Kobe. better than Durant

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Agreed I think Blake Griffen if healthy is a top 5 player in 6 years. But I think Denver would demand Kaman and Melo won’t soften his stance on going east. Pairing with Amare and free agent (x) IMO is most likely – NYK will trade curry’s contract, Gallinari Randolph and Douglas for Melo and maybe jr smith if they force NYK to give up Chandler

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I mean i think Denver will be forced to compromise. No GM sees Melo turning their team into a championship contender when Denver wants every conceivable trade asset with an expiring contract or young legs available. And unless Philadelphia looks like a legitimate offer I don’t see them getting a superstar. I think Derrick Favors will progress very slowly scaring Denver away

  • http://yahoo.com eboyhater

    ill take melo over durant all day baby melo is a beast and top three scorer in the NBA melo is going to remember everything everyone is saying like lebron

    p.s. im suprise my man charles hasnt said anything about melo asking to be traded

    Laker seasons about to start whoa!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    @ Caboose: Forgot VC’s expiring my fault. But still that won’t get the deal done imo because you know they will over-value Melo to get highest talents possible. And Bass and Gortat won’t start in Denver with a healthy Martin and Nene. They want to continue to be top dogs in the west and someone who can be an integral part or be build up for the near future. They’re not rebuilding so they aren’t looking for expirings alone.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Fair enough J. It’s probably just the Magic fan in me talking anyways. Though I would gladly give up Jameerkat in exchange for Melo. Jameer and Vince for Melo and Afflalo?

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    @ Caboose: also Jameer doesn’t make sense for Denver.. I think VC at this point in his career wants to stay in a legit contender. So imo he won’t extend in Denver.

  • meloman2.0

    Chauncey shouldnt be given so much credit… alot of Denvers turn around had to do with the subtraction of Iverson… it just so happened they got Billups instead, but the team with Iverson really wasnt well put together

  • JTaylor21

    Y’all just mad because I call em how I see it and speak my mind in an unfiltered and raw manner, most of y’all have a hard-time doing such and would much rather not question the status quo. Like when the media crowned MJ the GOAT so every moron and they mama believe that sh*t, y’all are more gullible than a drunk b*tch on prom night. To all you broads that are wishing me banned, it ain’t happening bra bra, so y’all better stock up on maxi pads because it’s going to be a long and bloody winter.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    No JTaylor, we’re mad because you have never made one logical point in your life. You grasp at whatever you think will agitate people the most, assert it as absolute fact because you believe your opinion is greater than everyone else’s, then ridicule and belittle anyone who may have anything close to an opposing viewpoint. You are a dismissive narcissist, plain and simple.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    @J, you do have a good point with VC stying in Orlando as a contender. Fair enough, the Magic would be a great location for Melo, but there’s not enough trade assets for the Magic to get him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Also just a conspiracy theory.. The Bulls want to lock Noah so they gave him another contract, but in the other side, maybe the Bulls also signed Noah to an extension so just in case they traded him for Melo, they wont part with much more assets since the salary gap isn’t big anymore? Just a random thought.. IDK maybe Chicago really like Noah.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    *wonders how old JTaylor21 is*

  • slick ric

    Jtaylor, I agree durant is becoming a little overated but you trippin dude MJ the g.o.a.t period(.)

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    id like to point out how incredibly shtty this whole top 50 is. chris kaman, he of 18.5 9 in 76 games last season, is not even on the list!!!!! also missing are aaron brooks, stephen jackson, and caron butler. simply incredible. especially, kaman and aaron. wow. superfail slam.

  • BBaller

    Wow JT21, just when i thought you were growing out of your hate shell,then that……..
    Anyway, what are the chances of Orlando landing Melo this season?Are players like Vince(old), Rashard Lewis( max contract), and Jameer( size would be better in the west)even worth trading for?If Orlando take that same team into the playoffs again they cannot expect to win anything, they desperately need a player like Melo to take over on offense.
    Hey Myles, just how little control does Melo have? Surely Denver will learn from Cleveland.

  • Zac

    I am not a Dwight fanatic by any stretch, but I hate it that people put so much emphasis on the holes in his game (in other words his offense), but when it comes to other guys and their ‘holes’ (ahmmm, DEFENSE) barely anyone says a thing.

    And another thing, Myles is actually speaking the truth, there are only a hand-full of franchise guys around. Durant, at this point, has got to prove it before he’s included in this group (which I am sure he will). Paul Pierce is more deserving than a lot of those rated ahead of him in this respect. The Truth hurts.

  • Michael Whyte

    SO is steve nash ^

  • XXXXXL

    5. Kobe
    4. Howard
    3. Durant
    2. Wade
    1. LeBron

  • lazaruz

    i would have bogut over carmelo……….

  • BBaller

    @ lazzaruz, c’mon, your joking right? is it time for silly comments. okay ‘there are 28 players better than Kevin Garnett!’ oh wait.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Agree with Tarzan on the glaring omissions, but I’m not going to be that extreme and diss the entire list. I always enjoy the discussion/write-ups/process of the Top 50.
    But, compliments aside: How do you have Lamar Odom in here and not Chris Kaman? How do you have John Wall and not Aaron Brooks–and then put Rose at 12? How do you have Gerald Wallace and not Stephen Jackson?

  • BBaller

    Sorry i wasn’t having a go, but can you elaborate on why? I’m from Oz and love Bogut’s game but i was just happy to see him on the list and wouldn’t try to argue he is even top 30.

  • FEARtheDEER

    5 Howard
    4 Durant
    3 Wade
    2 LeBron
    1 Kobe

  • KING

    5. Howard
    4. Durant
    3. James
    2. Wade because he convinced the reigning mvp to come to his team
    1. Bryant

  • Feez22

    SIGH… How the he’ll is durant Bette than melo? Listen ppl before u bring out all of the stats on shooting let’s realise something: durant doesn’t score off of ISO posessions. Melo does. That’s why I say melo is te much better offensive player. When u can score without countless screens and curls (yes this is how durant scores) I will say you are a better scorer. In terms of leadership… Fun fact. The nuggets won something like 30 games before melo got to Denver. As soon as he got to town they won 50 GAMES and made the playoffs his rook yr. That is a mark of a franchise player. Durant propels his team to the playoffs once and he leapfrogs melo? What kind of crap is that? And it ain’t even like durant played well… He was HORRIBLE v the lakers and versing single coverage in artest. Westbrook was the best thunder player all series. The overrating of durant has gone out of control at this point I would say that a healthy cp3>>>>>durant. I can already picture the rest of this poll… If durant is ahead of Wade in this It is a bunc of bs. Why? In wades 3rd yr he almost single handedly owned the mavs for the title yet I heard NO ONE give him the HYPE we give durant or even lebron after their 1st playoff appearences in their 3rd yrs. Just shows. How powerful the media is… Too bad Wade has been on the short end of the hype train even right after having the most efficient dominant finals of ANY PLAYER in NBA HISTORY. Enough said with this poll.

  • http://nuggetsnation.proboards.com/index.cgi clapzilla

    Melo’s 5 Best Playoff Games:
    5/11/09 @ Dallas – 41, 11, 5 stls
    4/25/10 vs. Utah – 39, 11, 4 stls
    5/19/09 @ Los Angeles – 39, 6, 4 asts
    4/29/09 vs. New Orleans – 34, 6, 3 asts, 4 stls
    5/19/09 @ Los Angeles – 34, 9, 4 asts

    Durant’s 5 Best Playoff Games:
    29, 19 (*cough*homestatkeepers)
    32, 8
    26, 6
    24, 6
    22, 4
    All vs. Los Angeles

    Melo’s Rebounds When He Needs To. Average In Games of 42+ Minutes Last Season: Melo – 8.1, Durant – 7.6

    Melo’s Played 3 Games In OKC. Game 1, Durant Hit A 3 That Everyone Thought Won It, But Melo Hit A Buzzer Beater Right After That. Game 2, Melo Hit Another Game Winner! Game 3, Melo Led Denver In A 21-5 Run To End The Game. So If Durant Can’t Beat Melo, Has A Microscopic Playoff Resume, Doesn’t Have Any Substantial Statistical Advantages, And Didn’t Have To Share The Team USA Spotlight With Kobe-Wade-LeBronze (btw, melo was usa’s best player in ’06 & ’07), How Is He A Better Player? Because He’s Quiet, Polite, And Signed The Exact Same Extension Melo Signed With The Nuggets ’06? And That’s Just Melo! You Can Make Better Cases For Williams, Paul, And Howard On Being Better Than Durant! I Just Hope The Nuggets Have A Better Record Than OKC By The Time Melo Lands In Jersey.

  • CannibalREX

    Let’s set the record straight. Bryant, Bron-bron and wade are definitely better than anyone else in the L. From that point all everything becomes a lot more subjective. Defensively speakin’ Howard can singlehandly keep in check entire backcourts, talkin’ about O then Melo and Durant are something to watch, then there’s the never endin’ Pg dilemma…

  • Ronald

    @Michael from NZ: Jtaylor is 23 from what I remember, so the fact that he acts like he’s 12 is inexcusable.

  • Ronald

    Let me help out Myles here for a bit re: Lebron’s defensive prowess. Remember the year the Cavs played Orlando and lost? The main reason was Hedo. That was the year supposedly Lebron learned how to play defense yet got killed by Turk (who plays the same position as LBJ) despite being 100x more athletically gifted and became one of the best defensive players in the league.

  • Ronald

    Oh, I guess that wasn’t Myles. My bad.

  • lazaruz

    @BBaller… im not joking. Melo is volume scorer, that is all. He is not an efficient scorer, just a volume one. He has no slashing game or spot up game to mix and match, he takes his man off the dribble. Which nevertheless he is second best in the league at barring Brandon Roy.

    Bogut has the best post moves in the league at center, best passing center, best on ball post defender, second in blocked shots, second in charges taken. Yet somehow Melo is ranked all the way at number 6 and Bogut at number 39…

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    No team should trade for Melo this season; Nuggets would be expecting too much, and any team that gives up equal value for Melo won’t be any closer to a championship. Teams should just sit tight and wait for FA where they can sign him without losing major talent.

  • BBaller

    @lazaruz….I hope Bogut can fully recover from his injury and continue to improve. He was certainly starting to show us why he was the #1 pick, and your right to some extent that with those stats maybe he should be higher on the list. Still, he needs to perform at that high
    pre injury level , night in, night out,for quite some time to be considered this late on in a top 50 list. As for Melo, sorry i can’t be bothered looking it up, how bad is his FG% to justify saying he is not effective? Lets not try to make sense of this list, it is only intended to help us make it through the off season. Only days to go, feels like one of the longest in a while.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Just wrote out an argument for why Melo should be considered a franchise player. Click my name and give it a read Myles, or anyone else really.

  • meloman2.0

    Cosign Clapzilla…. Exactly!

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    5. Howard
    4. Bryant
    3. James
    2. Wade
    1. Durant

  • rob

    ^agrees with your list :)

    if you were at the spurs vs thunder game lastnight, you would notice how durant put up 29 and 9 boards with efficiency and he had a pretty good defensive showing too. for a guy as skinny as he is, he sure is a better rebounder than melo ever was

  • rob

    @CannibalREX. dont b dumb, ur just biased. OKC is on one of the most well rounded teams in the league. KD put up 29 last night, Jgreen had 27, and westbrook and harden put up 17 and 18 respectively and beat the spurs by 10. melo’s NEVER played with good gaurds btw. rwestbrook and jgreen are way better than anybody melo’s ever played with so his stats are the one thats inflated. he is overrated as hell. so i advise you start watchin some games boy

  • rob

    @JTaylor21 KD isnt overrated. you just have to admit carmelo has hit his ceiling. KD is still growing and getting better.

  • Michael Whyte

    if lebron and kobe aren’t the 2 best players in the nba ill make love to a chicken

  • Elvis Freshly

    @Clapzilla Co-sign…. I just can’t see it (no Ray Charles) Melo is just more clutch and a better playoff performer. Go ahead use the age excuse and it being Durant’s first playoff game that’s not going to work here, sorry. Durant is a catch and shoot player (mostly) he doesn’t have the post game the Melo posses. Not to mention Melo is more clutch. Now I do admit that Melo can work harder on the defensive end and snag more boards. To be honest if some of you really think KD is better defensively it’s not by that much. Both of these guys can work harder on the other end of the floor. Durant is one of my favorite players and I’m proud to see him become one of the elite players in the league but he is not better then Melo (YET). Durant played horrible vs the Lakers, check Melos stats from when he played the Lakers in the western conference finals and compare them to KD’s, yeah I know right? Carmelo is way more clutch then Kevin is also, so I just can understand this… but I swear if I see Durant ahead of Wade all hell is going to break loose, the floors will crack and open up, there will be tornados, ice storms and tsunamis.

  • justin

    This list is straight trash slam and ive been subscribed to your magazine for many years now. Your gonna put Howard in front of Melo when Dwight can’t even make a damn free throw and the only good thing for Dwight is rebound and blocks. No Stephen Jackson on the list or Caron Butler? That is garbage, and if it wasn’t for Jackson the Bobcats wouldn’t have made the playoffs. With that said, Melo is better then Dwight overall.

  • Elvis Freshly

    Look at Melo’s production on the national team, he often looked like the best player on the floor as he reliably hit open shot after open shot and didn’t force the action as much as he does when playing for the Nuggets. He looked very comfortable and natural in that situation.

  • max

    1. Lebron James
    2. Kobe Bryant
    3. Dwayne Wade
    4. Kevin Durant
    5. Dwight Howard
    6. Derrick Rose
    7. Amar’e Stoudemire
    8. Carmelo Anthony
    9. Dirk Nowitzki
    10. Chris Paul (when healthy)

  • http://giftcult.com Dinah Enloe

    Ok, this is a good start however i’ll have to explore that a tad more. Will let you know exactly what more i have found.

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