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Carmelo Anthony Expects to Stay With Blazers for Next NBA Season

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Sep/10/2020

Carmelo Anthony certainly resurrected a few months ago, when he decided to join the Portland Trail Blazers. He was the star of one of this season’s biggest comebacks, and we’re all happy for him, without a doubt. 

Anthony has been in the league for 17 seasons already, he was picked in the 2003 NBA Draft, same as LeBron James, and since then, has become one of the league’s best scorers in history. However, things have not been easy for him in the past couple of years, so much that he didn´t even have a team at the start of this season, and we all thought he was going to retire. 

Portland decided to give him a chance finally, and he ended up playing, and starting in 58 games total for the season, averaging almost 39 minutes per game, 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists, quite good numbers for a 36 year old veteran. More than that, seeing him go at it in the playoffs, taking on LeBron James during the better parts of each game, and taking confident shots again, was just pure fun and excitement. 

Now, when most people thought he would retire at the end of the season, which came with the 1-4 first round elimination by the Lakers, Melo has shown no sings of wanting to retire at all, and not only that, but he even said, “In my mind, I’ll be right back in the fray of things when next season comes”, and added, “I pray that it can be Portland, I think I found a home in Portland”. 

An interesting fact from the Lakers vs Trail Blazers series, according to ESPN, is that LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are just the third pair of opposing players at age 35 or older to score 25+ points in the same playoff game, after Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford in 2017, and Elgin Baylor and Richie Guerin all the way back in 1970. 

Carmelo Anthony’s numbers through his NBA career 

- Denver Nuggets, 2003-2011: 24.8 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists in 564 games played and started. 

- New York Knicks, 2011-2017: 24.7 points per game, 7.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists in 412 games played and started. 

- Oklahoma City Thunder, 2018-2019: 16.2 points per game, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists in 78 games played and started. 

- Houston Rockets, 2019: 13.4 points per game, 5.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 10 games, but he started in 2 of those only. 

- Portland Trail Blazers, 2019-2020: 15.4 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists in 58 games played and started. 

Is Carmelo Anthony’s career over? It’s clear that it’s not done for him at least, and if he manages to stay healthy during the off season, he proved already, that he can still do great things in the NBA. Now it’s up to the Trail Blazers to make up their mind and decide to keep him or not, or for another team to trust him and give hi another chance before retirement. 

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