Carmelo Anthony Moves Up to 12th in NBA’s All-Time Scoring List

Trail Blazers Carmelo Anthony

  • Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 23 points as the Blazers beat the Orlando Magic 106-97 on Tuesday night.
  • Anthony moved up to 12th place in the NBA’s All-time scoring list with 26,715 career points after the game.
  • The Blazers improved to 13-10 on the season and tn 5th place in the Western conference team standings.

There are only two active players in the NBA from its 2003 Draft Class, which stands as the oldest class represented in the 2020-21 season.

There’s LeBron James, the no. 1 pick of that draft, who is playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Most longevity talks have centered on how James is the current betting favorite to win 2021 MVP honors. The other player from the 2003 class that is still in the NBA right now is Portland’s Carmelo Anthony who was the 3rd pick of the draft and is one of the best scorers to ever play in the NBA.

While Melo isn’t having an MVP season like Bron, he is having a career resurgence in Portland. It was only two season ago when Anthony played just 10 regular season games, was traded by the Rockets, waived by the Bulls, and didn’t have a team for more than six months. But since signing with the Blazers in November 2019, he’s resurrected his career and has continued his ascent as one of the NBA’s all-time scoring leaders.

Milestone Melo

On Tuesday night, Melo moved up the NBA’s scoring leaderboard, passing Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson for 12th place in the NBA’s All-Time scoring list. Anthony’s baseline fadeaway in the first minute of the fourth quarter of their game against the Orlando Magic gave him the milestone:

Anthony finished the game with a total of 23 points and 26,715 career points, which is just 225 points off Hakeem Olajuwon for 11th place, and 592 points behind Elvin Hayes for the 10th spot. With his current pace, Melo will likely barge into the Top 10 before the season is over.

Melo’ has been struggling to start the season, averaging a career-low 12.0 points per game on 37.6% shooting in 25.3 minutes of playing time per game. However, he’s starting to pick up the slack this month, scoring 20+ points in three of Portland’s five February games played so far, including Tuesday’s 23 which is a season-high for him. It’s also worth noting that the Blazers are 4-1 in the five games where Anthony has scored 20+ points this season.

Blazers Odds

The best NBA betting sites have the Blazers with the third best odds to win the Northwest Division but Portland is beating those odds right now. At 13-10, they have the second best record in the division, and are just five games behind the division leaders Utah Jazz who also own the NBA’s best record. Not bad, really for the Blazers.

Portland was also a -190 favorite to make the playoffs when online sportsbook Bovada last posted its NBA Playoff odds at the start of January. After Tuesday’s games, the Blazers were 5th in the Western Conference team standings and just three games off the 3rd seeded L.A. Clippers.

Considering that Melo is currently struggling, imagine how much more dangerous the Blazers will be if he starts hitting his stride consistently. Anthony was a big part of Portland’s success last season, especially in the Orlando bubble when they made a dramatic run to the playoffs. They will need him to have more big games and a more consistent season if they are to go deeper in this year’s playoffs.

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