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.