Kenyon Martin believes Carmelo Anthony can still ‘play basketball at the highest level’
Many people believe Carmelo Anthony can still play high-level basketball, but not a single team in the NBA is giving him a chance at the moment. Current and former players lobbying for Melo’s cause are growing by the day, and the New York native found another kindred soul in Kenyon Martin.
Martin was asked if Melo should consider playing in the BIG3, and The Trilogy player was direct with his answer:
Kenyon Martin says Melo can still play basketball at the highest level and should be playing in the NBA instead of the Big 3
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) September 2, 2019
Martin sincerely believes Anthony is still an NBA-level player and has no business playing in the BIG3. He also believes plenty of teams are sleeping on Melo just because he has aged.
Martin is not the first (and won’t likely be the last) player to express his support for Anthony. Enes Kanter believes teams looking for additional scoring can use a guy like Anthony. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are also pushing the Brooklyn Nets to make roster space for the former Syracuse standout. Damian Lillard also thinks this is not the way for the 10-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer to leave the sport.
It’s not hard to see why these players think Melo deserves another chance. Despite his poor outputs in his last two seasons, he has a career average of 24.0 points per game at a 44.9% shooting mark.
It still remains to be seen if Melo gets to play this season, but the support behind him could convince a NBA team to take the risk.