Jokic could be stealing Melo's legacy in Denver

Published July 5, 2022 at 7:47

Carmelo Anthony is one of the greatest players of his generation but might end up not getting the recognition he once thought he was entitled to.
Melo came into the league in 2003 alongside LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. Outside LeBron, Melo was the most coveted prospect. He won rookie of the year every month but lost the ROY award to Lebron James at the end.

Anthony played for the Denver Nuggets and went to the playoffs as a rookie. Over the 8 years he spent in Denver, Melo became a franchise player and made the playoff many times. He even led the team to the Western Conference Finals in 2009 but he was never able to bring them to the Finals.

Lots of NBA fans considered Melo as a legend during his time with the Nuggets. Heed the team for 8 years and was in a constant battle with Lebron James and Dwayne Wade for the future of the NBA. Despite his brutal exit from the team in 2011, he was still hoping to see one day his #15 Jersey retire beside the Nuggets legends;
#55 Dikembe Mutombo,
#44 Dan Issel,
#40 Byron Beck,
#33 David Thompson,
#12 Fat Lever and
#2 Alex English

However, Nikola Jokic is now the man standing in the way of Melo getting his wishes as he is the one wearing the jersey number that Anthony wore for almost a decade.

Coming off a MVP back to back season, he was the only reason Denver even made it to the playoffs without their # Jamal Murray and #3 players Michael Porter Jr.

Also Jokic just signed the largest deal in NBA history with the Nuggets. If No. 15 is going up into the rafters one day, it is going to be for Jokic and not for Carmelo.

It is only fair to admire what Melo did for the franchise but we would be foolish to think that if the #15 was going to be into the rafters one day, that Melo's name would be there.
July 5   |   97 answers
Jokic could be stealing Melo's legacy in Denver

If the #15 were to be retired, should Melo or Jokic get it?

Melo all the way4344.3 %
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