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Nene: Carmelo Anthony still top-10 player in NBA

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DENVER - JANUARY 13: Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets is called for a foul as he and Nene #31 defend against Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic during NBA action at Pepsi Center on January 13, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Magic 115-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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With the Rockets signing Carmelo Anthony, James Harden and Chris Paul said flattering things about their new teammate.

But they didn’t come close to matching Nene’s praise of Anthony.

Marc Berman of Fox 26:

Follow-up question for Nene, who played with Anthony on the Nuggets: Which of these 10 players – listed in no particular order – is worse than Anthony?

  • LeBron James
  • Kevin Durant
  • Stephen Curry
  • James Harden
  • Chris Paul
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Damian Lillard
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Anthony Davis

And that doesn’t even get into the dozens of other players better than Anthony.

At best, Anthony is a tough fit offensively on an efficient scoring team and a limited defender. His shot creation is still valuable, and I haven’t given up on his ability as a complementary offensive player – if he embraces that role. Not every team can take advantage of his lackluster defense. But the 34-year-old Anthony has declined considerably from his peak. It’s OK to acknowledge that.

I don’t at all blame Anthony’s teammates for adulating him rather than soberly evaluating him. That’s what they’re supposed to do.

But the level of Nene’s hyperbole just makes him look silly.