Ahead of this coming NBA season, ESPN appears to be projecting some major slippage from Carmelo Anthony.
The Worldwide Leader in Sports has put out a top 100 players list at the onset of each NBA season over the last seven years, and last year's list had Anthony ranked at a respectable 31st in the association.
It's just one year later, and ESPN is now singing a completely different tune. They have Anthony slotted to fall back more than double his rank from 2016.
Of course, Anthony fans aren't happy about that. Ranking him at 64th does ring of pure disrespect to a man who's averaged at least 20 points per game over the last 15 seasons.
To say that there's 63 better than him in the league is certainly a slight, and much like his supporters, Anthony himself wasn't too happy about it either.
It's hard to stay Melo in the face of disrespect, but Anthony's done a pretty good job of holding up.
In the end, he has all season long to prove his doubters wrong and showcase what kind of talent he still possess.
Though I must say, I'd feel some type of way too if I was an Olympian still putting up 22 and 6 a night, but was slotted behind a guy who hasn't even played a single game in the NBA yet.
ESPN #NBArank has Lonzo Ball (63) ranked ahead of Carmelo Anthony (64).— Rob Long (@RobLongSports) September 12, 2017
That's tantamount to a slap to the face.