Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis is ranked 22nd on ESPN's NBA player rankings.
Carmelo Anthony, who was ranked 64th, slammed the rankings.
Porzingis, who was ranked 33rd prior to last season, is one spot ahead of Grizzlies PG Mike Conley and one spot behind Raptors PG Kyle Lowry.
"He protects the rim like Rudy Gobert and shoots 3s like Dirk Nowitzki in his prime," ESPN writes about Porzingis. "The next step for Porzingis is consistently carrying an offense, as he ranked just third on the Knicks in usage percentage last season behind Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose."
Porzingis is the first player in NBA history to amass 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 250 blocks, and 100 three-pointers in his first two seasons, notes Ian Begley of ESPN.
The 22-year-old Porzingis is currently playing for Latvia in the Eurobasket quarterfinals.
He averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in 66 games last season while averaging 32.8 minutes per game.
Porzingis skipped his exit interview with former team president Phil Jackson after the season -- a move that was later revealed to have been because of head coach Jeff Hornacek.
After skipping his exit interview, Porzingis reiterated his desire to remain with the Knicks, calling New York "home."
The Knicks refused to include Porzingis as part of a potential deal with the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving this offseason. Irving was eventually traded to the Celtics.
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These rankings can be as correct as using a fork and knife on your pizza. I don't know where or how they come up with some of these rankings, but they are 100 percent wrong on a lot of them. How Carmelo Anthony is ranked 64th and Kristaps Porzingis is ranked 22nd is just so far off.
Anthony should be closer to where Porzingis ranks. Porzingis belongs in the top 50, but probably not the top 25. He hasn't had a long enough sample size or the success to be ranked ahead the likes of Kyrie Irving, Mike Conley, Blake Griffin, or Kevin Love. As much as Porzingis has the potential to be tremendous, there is still work to be done for the Knicks big man. Once he starts averaging more than 20 PPG and becomes a force on the glass and defensively, that's when a 22nd ranking will be earned.
It's going to take Porzingis another year or two to enter that upper echelon category. He has certainly showed signs, but he's also missed 26 games in his first two seasons. How anyone can trust ESPN's rankings when they put Lonzo Ball ahead of Anthony is truly beyond me. Whoever comes up with these rankings, if it's even a human being, needs to reassess their methods.