Carmelo Anthony has moved into 10th all-time in scoring during a 114-123 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Anthony, an 18-year veteran has been known for his deadly scoring his entire career, and it is only fitting he reaches this mark.
From his early years with the Denver Nuggets to his seasons as the star of the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony has never shied away from the spotlight. Many thought his attitude early in his career caused him to not reach his true potential as a player and teammate, but his greatness has been on display for quite some time. Even after spending almost an entire season out of the NBA, after many thought his career was done, he has found a resurgence in Portland.
Let’s watch a small part of that journey of 27,318 points here.
— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) May 4, 2021
Anthony passes Elvin Hayes on the all-time list and now has his eyes set on Moses Malone at #9 with 27,409. After that, the next reachable milestone would be to pass Shaquille O’Neal who finished his career with 28,596 points in 8th place all-time.
In his two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, he has averaged 14.5 points along with 4.7 rebounds. He has hit 39.6% of his shots from three and the best part is, he can be the third option on most nights. With Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum playing alongside, the pressure isn’t on Carmelo to be the guy. This situation has clearly been the best for Anthony in his later career.
The Trail Blazers currently sit in 7th in the Western Conference. They sit three games ahead of the Warriors in 8th and are half a game behind the Dallas Mavericks in 6th. If they don’t pass the Mavericks or the Lakers in 5th, they will find themselves in the play-in tournament. Most teams will be trying to get out of that situation, and there should be some really great games from these teams to finish the season.