Olympic Carmelo Anthony
By Watson Rowe,
Publish February 16th, 2018
Carmelo Anthony is the Olympic G.O.A.T and his career accomplishments are discredited and underrated. Now before I go into this, let’s just remind you of Carmelo Anthony’s pre NBA background and achievements.
After spending his first 3 years of high school at Towson Catholic High School just outside of Baltimore, Anthony decided to transfer to the notorious Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, a prep school that boasts some of the biggest names in NBA history ( Kevin Durant, Stephen Jackson, Rajon Rondo and Michael Beasley to name a few).
In his sole season at Oak Hill, Anthony gained widespread national exposure during his time there, especially after a hard fought nationally televised battle between top ranked Oak Hill and Akron’s Saint Vincent’s Saint Mary led by then high school phenom LeBron James. Anthony led Oak Hill to a 72-66 victory, scoring 34 points and grabbing 11 rebounds as James scored 34 for SVSM.
Oak Hill went on to finish the season 32-1 with their only loss being to Mater Dei, who ended the team’s 67 game winning streak. Anthony was named Parade magazine All American and a McDonald’s All American.
With these honors, Carmelo received invitations to the prestigious Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All American game. In the Jordan Brand Classic, Anthony posted a game high 27 points. He followed up that performance with 19 points in the McDonald’s All American game and also won the dunk contest. For his achievements in the All American game, Melo was named one of the 35 greatest McDonald’s All Americans in 2012.
This catapulted the young Carmelo to become the top ranked prospect of the class of 2002. Though he pondered declaring for the NBA draft, Carmelo eventually decided to attend Syracuse University, where he led the Orange to a national title defeating Kansas in the championship.
Despite originally intending to play 3 seasons at Syracuse, Anthony decided to instead declare for the 2003 NBA draft. In his sole season with the Orange, he averaged 22.2 ppg, 10.0rpg and 2.2 apg along with 1.6 steals per game.
Anthony was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 3rd overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft, behind LeBron James (#1 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers) and Darko Miličić ( #2 overall to the Detroit Pistons).
Now as I stated previously, Carmelo Anthony is the Olympic G.O.A.T and his career accomplishments are discredited and grossly underrated. If he would have been drafted by Detroit, this wouldn’t even be a conversation. He would have won a title as a rookie. But because he wasn’t and many fans tend to throw him under the bus let’s recap shall we?
Let’s remember that Carmelo Anthony has: 6 All NBA selections, Scoring Title, a NCAA title, NCAA MIP. He also has a record 4 Olympic Basketball medals (a record 3 Gold along with a Bronze from the 2004 in Athens), the most points and rebounds in US Olympic history; the most points in one game in US Olympic history (37).
Anthony has also scored over 25,000 career points. his 25,115 points ranks 21st all time, and puts him in a relatively exclusive club with just 20 other players and achieved this feat with one of the highest FG% in the clutch of All Time (40% assisted; 60% unassisted).
Anthony is also part of an exclusive club of players that have scored 10,000 points for 2 different franchises. Melo’s 13,970 career points with the Denver Nuggets is 3rd in franchise history, while his 10,186 career points with the New York Knicks places him 7th on the Knick’s all time scoring list.
So why do people hate on this man? With all that he has accomplished in 15 seasons he STILL gets an abundance of hate I mean, I can’t see where he’s done anything wrong.
He didn’t join forces with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh in Miami to form a “super team”. Instead he opted to stay in New York, which I believe the league and it’s fans should be very grateful for.
If he HAD pulled a, Kevin Durant “Snake move,” and joined Miami his prime, (as was the plan but, Melo wanted to win in Denver), he wouldn’t be hated on nearly as much, although his legacy may have possibly been tarnished with a ring he “didn’t earn”. Yet fans rag on him about not having gotten a title yet.
And before you hit me with, “He plays no defense,” advanced metrics show Melo has been an Elite defender of 3pt shots most of his career. Kobe even said Melo defended him the best. No defense? He averaged just shy of 2 steals a game at Syracuse!
Before you hit me with Olympics don’t matter, 20 years ago 2% of the league was international players. Today that number is nearly 30%.
Most countries all around the World, value a Gold Medal over an NBA title. Remember, the NBA has become a global game. The level of international competition has risen immensely in the last decade to the point where, as much as I hate to say it, fairly soon the United States may no longer be the top producer of professional basketball talent. This is why players like 4 time medalist Carmelo Anthony are important to USA Basketball and the development of international talent everywhere; they make the rest of the competition strive to be better.
That is why Carmelo Anthony is the Olympic GOAT. Even if people here in the States always hate on him, fans from around the world will always recognize him as an All-Time Great.