Carmelo Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
He has been named an NBA All-Star ten times and an All-NBA Team member six times.
He played college basketball for the Syracuse Orange, winning a national championship as a freshman in 2003 while being named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
During the NBA’s 75th anniversary, he was named one of the 75 Greatest Players in NBA History.
After one season at Syracuse, Anthony entered the 2003 NBA draft and was selected with the third overall pick by the Denver Nuggets.
While playing for Denver, he led the Nuggets to the playoffs every year from 2004 to 2010; the team won two division titles in that span.
In 2009, Anthony led the Nuggets to their first Conference Finals appearance since 1985.
In 2011, he was traded from Denver to the New York Knicks days before the NBA trade deadline.
In a January 24, 2014, game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Anthony scored a career-high 62 points, setting a Knicks’ single-game scoring record and a Madison Square Garden single-game scoring record.
Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he played one season before a short stint with the Houston Rockets.
He spent two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers prior to joining the Los Angeles Lakers.
Anthony has played in the Olympics for the US national team a record four times, winning a bronze medal with the 2004 squad and gold medals on the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic teams.
As of April 2016, he was the US Olympic team’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, and games played.
Early Life and Career of Carmelo Anthony
Anthony was born in the Red Hook housing projects in Brooklyn, New York City.
His father, Carmelo Iriarte, was born in Manhattan to Puerto Rican parents. Iriarte was of African, Spanish, and indigenous ancestry; some of his roots also traced to Venezuela.
His mother, Mary Anthony, is African-American.
Iriarte died of cancer when Anthony was two years old.
When Anthony turned eight, his family moved to Baltimore.
Anthony commuted to Towson Catholic High School for his first three years of high school.
Anthony played one season at Syracuse University, during the 2002–03 season, where he averaged 22.2 points (16th in the NCAA, fourth in the Big East) and 10.0 rebounds (19th in the NCAA, third in the Big East, first among NCAA Division I freshmen).
He helped guide the Orangemen to their first ever NCAA tournament title in 2003.
He led the team in scoring, rebounding, minutes played (36.4 minutes per game), field goals made and free throws made and attempted.
Anthony’s NBA career began on June 26, 2003, when he was chosen third overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets.
He was selected behind LeBron James (first overall, Cleveland Cavaliers) and Darko Miličić (second overall, Detroit Pistons).
He made his NBA regular season debut on October 29, 2003, in an 80–72 home win against the San Antonio Spurs.
Anthony finished the night with 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. In just his sixth career NBA game (November 7 versus the Los Angeles Clippers), Anthony scored 30 points, becoming the second youngest player in NBA history to score 30 points or more in a game (19 years, 151 days; Kobe Bryant was the youngest).
On February 22, 2011, Anthony, along with point guard Chauncey Billups, was traded to the New York Knicks in a multi-player deal also involving the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Anthony chose to wear number 7 with the Knicks, as his former number 15 was retired by the Knicks in honor of Earl Monroe and Dick McGuire.
During the 2017 off-season, after multiple conflicts with the then-team president Phil Jackson, Anthony demanded a trade.
Originally, the only team for which Anthony was willing to waive his no-trade clause was the Houston Rockets.
However, Anthony expanded his list of teams to include the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On September 25, 2017, Anthony was traded to the Thunder in exchange for future teammate Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick.
During Anthony’s seven seasons with the Knicks, the team won one playoff series.
On August 13, 2018, Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million veterans minimum contract with the Houston Rockets coached by his former Knicks coach, Mike D’Antoni.
On January 22, 2019, the Rockets traded Anthony, the draft rights to Jon Diebler, and undisclosed cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the draft rights to Tadija Dragićević.
This trade allowed the Rockets to alleviate luxury-tax penalties up to $2.6 million.
On February 1, he was waived by the Bulls.
On November 19, 2019, Anthony was signed by the Portland Trail Blazers to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal.
Carmelo Anthony Contract
Currently, he is one of the 20 richest NBA players as his net worth is estimated at 160 million dollars.
Does Melo have a ring?
No, Carmelo Anthony has not won any championships in his career.
What is Carmelo Anthony best known for?
Carmelo Anthony Wife
Alani Nicole “La La” Anthony is his wife.
He wears the number 7 jersey for Lakers.
Carmelo Anthony Age
He is 38 years old now, he was born on the 29th of May, 1984
A history of every Carmelo Anthony signature shoe including his final shoe, the Jordan Melo M13.
Carmelo Anthony Lakers
On August 6, 2021, Anthony signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.
On October 19, Anthony made his Lakers debut, putting up nine points, four rebounds, and two assists in a 121–114 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
On October 24, Anthony put up 28 points in a 121–118 win over the Memphis Grizzlies and moved past Moses Malone into the 9th place on the NBA all-time career scoring list.