Carmelo Anthony’s list of accomplishments is a mile long, but one thing is missing and that is an NBA championship. Now with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook, he may get a chance to advance deeper than ever in the NBA playoffs. The Thunder’s up-and-down season continues Saturday, March 10 on ABC when they host the San Antonio Spurs, a Western Conference rival.
Anthony’s arrival in OKC via a trade from the New York Knicks in September quickly raised the stock of the Thunder in terms of being a serious contender in the West; no easy task compared to the East. Eventually Anthony and Westbrook appeared to click and the Thunder offense began to put up some serious points. They enjoyed a six-game winning streak in December and followed that up with an eight-game stretch in January. But there have been some losing streaks as well.
Along the way Anthony has moved to 22nd on the NBA all-time scoring list and is one of only six players to score 24,000 points, grab 6,000 rebounds, have 2,500 assists, 1,000 steals and sink 1,000 3-point field goals. In his only college season he won a championship at Syracuse and has three Olympic gold medals along with a bronze as a member of Team USA in each of the past four Summer Olympic games.
In the next month Anthony and the Thunder will be setting themselves up for a playoff run in hopes of dethroning the Golden State Warriors in the West.
Carmelo Kyam Anthony
Born: May 29, 1984
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Height/Weight: 6 foot 8 inches / 240 pounds
Teams: OKC Thunder, 2017-present; NY Knicks, 2011-17, Denver Nuggets, 2003-11
College/Draft: Syracuse / No. 3 pick in 2003
Honors and Achievements: NBA All-Star, 2007, 2008, 2010–2017; NBA scoring champion, 2013; Olympic Gold Medalist, 2008, 2012, 2016; NCAA champion, 2003