Even if it's a 5 spot margin, all Melo has to do is stay focused throughout all aspects of the game, and then a number 12 rank before next season will look like a snub.
He should aim for MVP. What makes him incapable of that? Himself alone.
Gimme 25, 8 and 6 with some D, Melo. You'll get the respect you're capable of in turn with the numbers you're capable of, but have not yet necessarily earned throughout your tenure as a Knick.