SI says Melo is 10th-best in NBA

The Sports Illustrated top 10 NBA players has finally been released and Carmelo Anthony comes in at No. 10.

“Even those who wish Anthony would be a little less single-minded on offense, a little more selective with his shots, and way more committed on defense can acknowledge that he’s an overall offensive powerhouse capable of serving as the No. 1 guy on a championship contender, assuming the right mix is in place around him,” Ben Golliver wrote on SI.

Amar’e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler also made the top 100.

LeBron James came in at No. 1.

Harris Decker

This list has now pissed me off. While I was ok with the rankings from this point forward, the top 10 is completely absurd. How can you make the case that a 35 year old Kobe Bryant is a better player than Carmelo Anthony? Maybe five years ago this would be the case, but Bryant is not the same player he once was. He’s still great but he’s not better than the defending scoring champion.

More troubling than Bryant is the appearance of Dwayne Wade ahead of Anthony. Wade has had injury plagued year after injury plagued year and since Lebron James arrived in Miami he has taken on a much lesser role. How can the second option scorer be ranked ahead of another teams elite scoring threat? The simple answer is that he can’t.

I can live with the rest of the top 10 although I do question Tony Parker and Dwight Howard being ranked ahead of Anthony.