Is Carmelo Anthony's Career Over?


Anthony has averaged 24.0 points in 1064 career games (1056 starts) with the Nuggets, Knicks, Thunder and Rockets but he hasn’t played in an NBA game since November 11, 2018 against the Thunder when he had just two points on 1-for-11 from the field (9.1 percent) and five rebounds over 20 minutes.

The 35-year-old signed a $2.4 million veteran’s minimum deal with the Rockets last year but he played just 10 games for them before being traded to the Bulls for the draft rights of Tadija Dragievi. He never played a game in Chicago and was released in January. Anthony averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 29.4 minutes per game with the Rockets.

“Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him,” Houston general manager Daryl Morey said in a statement following Anthony’s release. “The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized; therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”

While Anthony has been sidelined for a long time, can he still contribute in the NBA? His trainer, Chris Brickley is standing behind him. Brickley appeared on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club recently and told DJ Envy and Angela Yee that Anthony is still better than current NBA players right now.

“He’s easily better than 60 percent, 70 percent of the NBA players walking around,” Brickley said.

“It’s just that teams are afraid of ‘I want to be a starter.’ It’s not the case. Melo just wants to have a farewell season, do what D-Wade did. Have a jersey swap. He had a great career, he’s a Hall of Famer. So hopefully that could happen.”

The 10-time All-Star looked great at Chris Brickley’s Black Ops Basketball Run but teams seem to have given up on him and is hard not to see why. Anthony has always been a volume scorer who needs the ball in his hands often or he won’t get into a scoring rhythm.

Melo thrived with the Nuggets and Knicks because he was the first option offensively but right now he’s more suited to be a sixth man or rotation player off the bench and if he can’t do what he does best he won’t shine, just like what happened with the Thunder and Rockets.

On paper, teams would welcome the opportunity to have one the greatest scorers of all-time come off the bench but Carmelo Anthony is at his best as a ball-dominant bucket-getter and forcing him to change his game at this stage of his career is not ideal. As a fan I hope someone gives him a chance but is hard to know if Melo is willing to play a reduced role and more importantly, if he can make it work.

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