By Joseph Crevier @JosephMCrevier on August 28, 2014
Known for his prolific scoring ability, Carmelo Anthony has long been considered one of the NBA's best players. Anthony began his career with the Denver Nuggets until forcing a monster trade sending him to the New York Knicks. Despite never winning an NBA title, Anthony still has achieved multiple feats many players can only dream of reaching. Here are his top 5 accomplishments thus far in his career.
Getting drafted into the NBA is a privilege in amongst itself, but to be drafted with such a high pick is a major accomplishment. The 2003 NBA Draft is largely considered the best of the past decade or so. Anthony was skilled enough to be selected No. 3 over future All-Stars such as Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and David West.
Winning the scoring title nowadays is next to impossible, especially when players like Kevin Durant, LeBron James an Kobe Bryant are competing. Although is was by a mere 0.6 points, Anthony still beat out Kevin Durant to be crowned the 2013 NBA Scoring Champion averaging 28.7 points per game. I would fully expect Anthony to take at least one or two more scoring titles before he calls it a quits.
Anthony may have never played in an NBA Finals game just yet, but he did come close in 2009 when his Denver Nuggets fell short to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. The series was a narrow victory by Los Angeles as Anthony never backed down, averaging 27.5 points per game for the series. Let's hope Anthony can lead New York down a similar path very soon.
It's no secret that the Knicks have struggled basically since they won two championships in the early 1970s. Bad luck, injuries and lack of talent were all contributing factors in New York's 13-year drought without a playoff series victory. Luckily Anthony and company broke the trend by defeating the Boston Celtics in a series victory of 4-2. This took a tremendous burden off of every Knicks fan's shoulders.
On Jan. 24, 2014, Carmelo Anthony put on a performance for the ages, dropping 62 points on the Charlotte Bobcats. Anthony set a new record for points at MSG while also electrifying the crowd with six three-pointers including one from half court. It's not often a single player scores 50 points, let alone 60. This game will be entrenched in the minds of fans forever as it was quite possibly the most exciting performance since Kobe Bryant's 81.
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