Carmelo Anthony has finally made his return back to the NBA, and he has made the most of his opportunity with the Portland Trail Blazers. Through his first several games with the Blazers, he has proven that he still has plenty left in the tank to play at a high level. All of that was further hammered home through receiving league-wide recognition by garnering one feat he hasn’t reached in more than five years.
Carmelo Anthony gets his shot
Following a year’s absence from the league, Anthony got his chance to revitalize his career with an opportunity from the Trail Blazers.
There had previously been rumblings a couple of years ago that Portland was interested in him back when he was still a member of the New York Knicks. The 35-year-old stepped into a situation where the Blazers needed a boost in the frontcourt following a rocky start to the season.
The team underwent many changes to the roster over the offseason after reaching the Western Conference Finals for the first time in nearly two decades. It also opened up the door for Anthony to become a significant piece of the puzzle to push the franchise back in the right direction into being in the race to contend for the playoffs.
With that in mind, the 10-time All-Star has already made his presence felt in Portland.
Carmelo Anthony earns Player of the Week honors
Nearly two weeks since his return to the NBA, Anthony has gotten off to a tremendous start in his Blazers’ tenure.
His play has continued to impress and improve with each passing game, which has now earned him the Western Conference Player of the Week honors. It also marked the first time in more than five years that he has received that award dating back to his days with the Knicks.
Anthony has been a major offensive factor for Portland, which saw him average 22.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 57.4% from the floor. More importantly, it saw the Blazers finally make strides in the right direction, going 3-0 during that span.
In total, Anthony is averaging 17.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists while shooting 46.2% from the field and 37.0% from beyond the arc in six games played. That has seen him score in double figures in each contest, including notching more than 20 points twice and posting a double-double.
Anthony also hit some historic feats along the way, such as surpassing Hall of Famer Alex English for 18th on the all-time scoring list and breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson forth 10th all-time with his 755th career game with at least 20 points.
Carmelo Anthony’s NBA Future
Beyond just getting back into the NBA, Anthony has proven that he can still be a viable contributor on the floor.
Things did get off to a rough start as he worked his way back into rhythm, but it appears that he’s in the right situation that could get the most out of him at this point in his career. He’s in a spot where he can be a reliable scoring option next to the Blazers’ dynamic backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Anthony also looks to be re-energized on the court, knowing that the opportunities to continue playing in the league are limited.
Portland has turned things around a bit over the last week, granted it came against inferior opponents, but it does put them back in the direction of getting back over the .500 mark. Ultimately, only time will tell if Anthony can continue to perform at a high level to further cement that he still belongs in the league.