On Wednesday, October 12, SLAM Magazine ranked Carmelo Anthony as the 15th best player in the NBA. Unsurprisingly, Anthony disagreed with this ranking, thinking that he deserved to be placed among the league’s elite.
Today on First Take, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman debated Melo’s ranking, and there was no shortage of fireworks. Smith thought that it was insane to say there are 14 players better than Anthony in the NBA, while Kellerman begged to differ. Kellerman said that he’d take Blake Griffin over Melo, and that is when the sh*t hit the fan.
I usually hate these types of dumbass shows and their inconsequential arguments, but that was the hardest I’ve laughed in a long time. I legitimately thought that Smith was so thoroughly disgusted with Kellerman that he was going to get physically ill. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such outrage from a man in my entire life.
If anyone cares, my opinion on Anthony falls somewhere in the middle of Kellerman and Smith. I feel like 15th was actually a pretty generous ranking for Melo, as I’d have the 32-year-old chronic playoff choker around 20th. But I’d still definitely take Melo over Griffin if I had to win one game today. Griffin’s only the choice if I’m looking for a player to simulate oral sex while on the bench.