Carmelo Anthony scores 25,000th point, joins 20 other NBA legends to do so

Just a few days after fellow 2003-draftee LeBron scored his 30,000th point and four years after he hit the 20,000 point barrier, Carmelo Anthony scored his 25,000th point tonight.

For his 25,000th point, Carmelo hit the first of two free throws in the second half against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, January 27th, 2018.  With that free throw, the 33 year-old veteran became the 5th youngest player in NBA history to score 25,000 points behind the likes of Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone and James. However when looking at games played he isn’t in the top ten. Carmelo joins just twenty other players that have hit that milestone in the NBA careers during the regular season.

Youngest and Fastest to 25,000 Points
Player Age Games Played
LeBron James 30y-307d 915
Kobe Bryant 31y-151d 989
Wilt Chamberlain 31y-186d 691
Karl Malone 33y-228d 959
Carmelo Anthony 33y-243d 1024
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 33y-249d 889
Michael Jordan 33y-287d 782
Oscar Robertson 34y-8d 917
Dirk Nowitzki 34y-296d 1106
Shaquille O’Neal 34y-351d 958
Dominique Wilkins 35y-54d 960
Moses Malone 35y-239d N/A
Hakeem Olajuwon 36y-37d 1057

The above table is sorted by age, click on “Games Played” to sort it by that metric 

A side note we want to quickly add is that although Anthony is seen more of a scorer than LeBron, James has scored approximately 5000 more points than Anthony in approximately 84 more games. Remember both came into the NBA in the 2003 NBA Draft — LeBron from high school and Carmelo after his freshman year at Syracuse.

As of this post, Anthony’s career scoring average is 24.4 points per game. LeBron?  His career ppg is 27.1.  For further show LeBron’s greatness, another 2003 draftee Dwyane Wade sits at around 21,800 points at 22.8 per.

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 10: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder puts up a shot over Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on October 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Talent Never Questioned

A prolific scorer his entire career, scoring has never been a problem for the 6-8 small forward. He led the NBA in scoring during the 2012-13 regular season. With memorable scoring performances and multiple all-star berths, Anthony has been continually plagued by questions of his ability to lead a team to anywhere meaningful during the post-season, not to mention his effort, focus, and commitment to defense.

Those questions that have dogged Carmelo are some of the reasons why he finds himself a member of a group he’d rather not to be in. Now that he’s in the 25,000 point club, he joins Karl Malone, Dominique Wilkins, Reggie Miller and Alex English as the only players to have scored that many points but have never won an NBA championship.

He hopes to change that this season after he was traded by the New York Knicks this past off-season. Now playing on his third NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 33-year old veteran hopes at a shot for a championship ring teaming with superstars Russell Westbrook and Paul George to form one of the league’s most potent “Big Three”. With some ups and downs, the results have been mixed for the team as the trio have had trouble integrating their games. Though still filling it up, Carmelo is averaging a career low 18 points per game, the lowest since his rookie campaign.

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