Carmelo Anthony is a professional basketball player who had a successful career in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Carmelo Anthony is a professional basketball player who had a successful career in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born on May 29, 1984, in Brooklyn, New York, Anthony is widely regarded as one of the best scorers in NBA history.
Carmelo Anthony was selected as the third overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He made an immediate impact in the league, earning the NBA Rookie of the Year award for the 2003-2004 season. Anthony established himself as one of the premier scorers, averaging 21.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game in his rookie campaign.
During his tenure with the Nuggets, Anthony became known for his offensive prowess and scoring ability. He had a remarkable run, consistently averaging over 20 points per game. In the 2006-2007 season, he won the NBA scoring title, averaging 28.9 points per game. Anthony spent eight seasons with the Nuggets, earning multiple All-Star selections and leading the team to the playoffs every year.
In February 2011, Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks in a blockbuster deal. He quickly made an impact in New York and had several productive seasons with the team. Anthony became the focal point of the Knicks’ offense, earning scoring titles and All-Star selections. In the 2012-2013 season, he had his best statistical year, averaging a career-high 28.7 points per game.
After his stint with the Knicks, Anthony had brief stints with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets. He struggled to find consistent success in those situations but still showed glimpses of his scoring ability. In November 2019, Anthony signed with the Portland Trail Blazers, rejuvenating his career. He became an integral part of the team’s offense and provided valuable scoring off the bench. Anthony played a significant role in the Trail Blazers’ playoff runs, showcasing his ability to perform in high-pressure situations.
Anthony signed to the Los Angeles Lakers on August 6, 2021. He made his Lakers debut on October 19 against the Golden State Warriors, scoring nine points, pulling down four rebounds, and two assists. On October 24, Anthony outscored the Memphis Grizzlies 121-118, passing Moses Malone to move into ninth place on the NBA’s all-time career scoring record.
He reached 28,000 points in the NBA on January 28, 2022, scoring 19 points in a 117–114 loss to the Charlotte Hornets to become the ninth player to do so. On April 5, 2022, Anthony played his final game, a 121-114 loss to the Phoenix Suns, adding ten points and six rebounds.
Due to injuries and inconsistent play during a poor season. Anthony announced his NBA retirement on May 22, 2023. Ironically, on the same day that Anthony announced his retirement, his former club, the Denver Nuggets, won the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history by sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers. This was the same team Anthony would lose to in his only Conference Finals trip.
Throughout his NBA career, Carmelo Anthony has been a ten-time NBA All-Star and has earned various accolades for his scoring ability. He is one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, currently ranked at 9 all-time leading scorers in NBA history.
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