Carmelo Anthony never won an NBA title, but his scoring dominance, his personality, and other successes define a legacy that place Melo among the game’s best. Melo has gone through many phases of his career. From college to his current Trail Blazer days, we’ve seen many different versions of Carmelo develop. Today we take a look at some of our favorite and least favorite Melo’s.
This may be Melo’s best Melo. One season (2002-2003), he dominanated and won an NCAA Championship. The Syracuse Melo days are what put Carmelo on everyone’s radar. He averaged 22 points per game and 10 rebounds per game as a freshman. Had he not been in the same draft as LeBron James, he would have been the clear number 1 overall pick.
Has Hoodie Melo ever missed a shot? Has Hoodie Melo ever not gotten unlimited buckets? Can anyone stop Hoodie Melo in an off-the-court pickup game? The answer is no. Hoodie Melo is undefeated. Unfortunately, he never has made his NBA debut.
Denver Nuggets Melo
Probably the third best version of Melo. He led the Nuggets to the playoffs every season from 2003 until he was traded to the Knicks in 2011. Carmelo was a 4-time all-star and averaged as high as 29 points per game one season. He really built the foundation of his professional career in the Mile High city.
Team USA Melo
If Syracuse Melo is the best Melo, Team USA Melo is a close number two. Melo earned three Olympic golds in four tries. He set American records for most points in a game (37), most made threes in a game (10), most free throws made (13 on 13 attempts), most career points (336), most career games (31) and most career rebounds (125). Proof that if Melo in his prime was ever on a team with a few other capable stars, he probably could have won a title. He played for Team USA in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.
New York Melo
In New York, Melo blew up. He was the biggest star on one of the biggest franchises in all of sports. He took the Knicks to the Eastern Conference semi’s, won a scoring title, and never disappointed with his outfits. Ultimately, Melo is one of the best Knicks of all time. He never managed to get them back to the finals, but to view his 7 seasons as a failure would be unfair. It was unfortunate the way his tenure ended.
Houston Rockets Melo
This was a disaster. Nearly ended his career. Totally failed experiment. If there was a version of the Melo history that he’d want to erase, it would be this one.
TBD! It’s been great to see Melo back in the league this year with the Portland Trail Blazers. The way the NBA restart is set up, he and Damian Lillard have a real chance to make the playoffs after all. Watchout if they do. Melo has trimmed down during quarantine, as he looks to play a lot more small forward down in Orlando. In an AAU NBA pickup game type format, this may be Melo’s best environment to shine.