Carmelo Anthony has returned to the NBA signing a non-guaranteed contract with the Blazers full details of the contract were not disclosed. But let’s take a closer look at Carmelo Anthony’s career, Draft by the Denver Nuggets 3rd overall right behind Lebron James. Making his season debut on October 29, 2003, as he helped the Denver Nuggets get a victory over the eventual NBA Champs in that year the San Antonio Spurs. In March of 2004, He set a new record for the most points scored in a single game by a rookie, as he dropped 41 points on the then Seattle Supersonics. He was named rookie of the month in the Western Conference many times, but we all know that accolades don’t win championships. In the 2004 playoffs, the Nuggets the top-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round in lost in 5 games.
In Melo’s second season with the Nuggets was averaging 20.8 points per game, which placed in 19th in the NBA for scoring and 16th for the most points in 48 minutes, his biggest accomplishment came on December 4, 2004, when became he became the third-youngest player in NBA history to score 2000 career points, the only players to accomplish that we Lebron James and Kobe Bryant who younger than Anthony. In the 04-05 season, the Nuggets finished with a record of 49-33 which had them in the 7th seed of the Western Conference playoffs which meant Denver would face the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs. Denver was able to win the first games but eventually lost the next four games, and their season. Going into the 2005-2006 season, Anthony was putting up crazy numbers in scoring, assists, and rebounds as he had in previous seasons, he was reaching milestones like crazy one of those milestones was hitting five game-winning shots in the 5 seconds, against five different teams: Houston, on January 8, 2006, and then on January 10 at home against Phoenix,. Minnesota on February 24, 2006, Indiana on March 15, 2006, and finally against the Los Angeles Lakers, on April 6, 2006, the nuggets secured third place in the Western Conference in 2006 and would face the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round, who had held home court in the series with the Nuggets. The Nuggets again would come up short and lose to the Clippers in 5 games. After that season Anthony signed a 5 year 80 million extension to stay with the Nuggets. Melo continued to rack up crazy stats, but the playoffs were a struggle as the Nuggets could not get out of the first round, until the 2008-2009 season when the Nuggets went all the way to the Western Conference Finals and face Kobe and the LA Lakers, and were eliminated 4-2.
After the 2010-2011 season, Melo refused to re-sign with Denver causing speculation that his time there was coming to an end, but regardless of those rumours Anthony continued to put up amazing offensive numbers as he did on November 15, 2010, when he scored 20 points and had a career-high 22 rebounds against the phoenix suns, he also hit a game-winning buzzer-beater against the Chicago Bulls on November 26, 2010.
On February 22, 2011, Anthony was finally traded to his hometown New York Knicks along with Chauncy Billups. The 2012 season of the NBA was Anthony first as a New York Knick were he continue to have offensive success, and also helped with Knicks into the playoffs for as the sixth seed and faced the Boston Celtics in the first round in the 2011 playoffs, and got swept 4-0. Even though Anthony had been traded in 2011 to the Knicks his first official season as a Knick didn’t come until the 2012 season, that year the Knicks qualified for the playoffs once again but this time as the Seventh Seed and faced the eventually NBA Champs in the Miami Heat. Anthony and the Knicks would miss the playoffs in 2013-2014, and in June of that year, he informed the team that he would opt out of his contract that he had signed with the Nuggets prior to the trade. In July of 2014, Anthony signed a five-year deal with the Knicks. In 2014-2015 Anthony become the 40th player in Knicks’ history to record 20,000 points as he hit a three-point shot against the Charlotte Bobcats as the Knicks won 96-93. After competing in the 2015 Allstar game in January, Anthony had to undergo surgery to repair damage to his knee which kept him out for the remainder of that year. Melo and the Knicks missed the playoffs over the next two years. The offseason of 2017 there was speculation that Carmelo wanted out of New York because due to the tension between him and then GM Phil Jackson, well on September 25, 2017, Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, in exchange for Enes Kanter Doug Dermott and a 2018 second-round pick. Melo played one season with Thunder scoring 20 plus points per game, the Thunder made the playoffs that year but got bounced in the first round by Utah. After that season the Thunder traded Melo to the Atlanta Hawks and in turn, the Hawks bought Melo and put him on waivers. On August 18, 2018, the Houston Rockets signed Melo to a one year 2.4 million dollar veteran minimum salary, after only playing months with the Rockets, they sent Melo to the Bulls were again he was waived. Now in 2019, he is making one last run with the Trailblazers let’s hope that he can be a difference-maker and provide veteran leadership to an already stacked team.