NBA: Carmelo Anthony Calls it a Career

Edgar Chaput | Updated May 22, 2023

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One of the great shooters in NBA history, Carmelo Anthony has officially decided to end his impressive basketball career after 19 seasons.

Carmelo Anthony put out a video online on Monday announcing his retirement. He leaves the game as its ninth-all-time greatest scorer with 28,289 points.

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Carmelo Anthony Retires from the NBA

Drafted in 2003 by the Denver Nuggets, he is a member of one of the greatest draft classes in NBA history. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James were all selected that summer as well.

He spent the majority of his career with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, which was where he knew the most team success. Unfortunately, he never won an NBA championship, let alone partake in the Finals. His only conference finals appearance was in 2009 with Denver where the team fell to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Nevertheless, he could always be relied on for his uncanny scoring ability, finishing his career with an average of 22.5 points per game in 19 seasons. His total of 28,289 is only eclipsed by some of the greatest players the game has ever seen, such as Kareem-Abdul Jabar, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal.

He was traded to New York in 2011, where he played until 2017. His greatest opportunity at a ring with the Knicks came in 2012-2013 when the club finished 54-28, good for second in the Eastern Conference. After taking care of the Celtics in the first round, the Indiana Pacers got the better of them 4-2 in Round 2. His greatest night as a Knick came the following season, on January 24, 2014, when he scored 62 points at home to the then-Charlotte Bobcats.

Carmelo’s Many Honours and Teams

No one doubts he’ll be a Hall of Fame member before long. He earned 10 All-Star appearances, six All-NBA honours, and was nominated as one of the 75 best players in NBA history, coming in at 63. He was the league’s scoring champion in 2013.

He was also a three-time Olympic gold medalist with Team USA, winning it all in 2008, 2012, and 2016. There was never any doubt that he had it in him to be a great professional player after guiding Syracuse to an NCAA national championship, with performances that landed him a Final Four Most Outstanding Player award.

Injuries and the teams he played for after leaving the Knicks piled up. He spent his final seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Los Angeles Lakers just last year. He remained unsigned throughout 2022-2023.