Carmelo Anthony Announces Retirement After 19 Seasons in the NBA

Carmelo Anthony, one of the top 10 all-time scorers in NBA history, announces retirement from professional basketball. The 38-year-old spent 19 seasons in the NBA, playing 1,260 regular season games for six teams.

“Now the time has come for me to say goodbye … to the game that gave me purpose and pride,” Anthony said in a videotaped message announcing his decision — one he called “bittersweet.”

Carmelo Anthony
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Anthony was selected as one of the 75 greatest players in NBA history. He scored a total of 28,289 points in his career which ranks him 9th on the all-time list. He made 10 All-Star appearances and led the league in scoring in the 2012-13 season averaging 28.7 points per game for the New York Knicks. Anthony was named to the All-NBA Second Team twice and four times to the All-NBA third team.

He averaged 22.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his career.

Anthony was a star player even before coming to the NBA. He played high school basketball at the Oak Hill Academy and in 2003, he won the NCAA championship in his lone season at the University of Syracuse. The season the Orange won the title, he was named USBWA National Freshman of the Year and NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

Anthony came in the NBA as the Denver Nuggets selected him with the third overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft right behind LeBron James and Darko Milicic. He immediately became the star of the team and one of the best scorers in the game. Anthony played 8 seasons for the Nuggets and in 2009 he made it to the Western Conference Finals, the farthest he went in the Playoffs in his entire career.

In 2010, he signed for his hometown team, the New York Knicks. They hoped that he will be the man that will get the glory days back to the Big Apple, but the team didn’t go past the second round. In 2014, Anthony scored a career-high 62 points in the Knicks 125-96 win over the Charlotte Bobcats which is his career-high and the most any player has scored in the Madison Square Garden.

Anthony spent seven years in New York before moving to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017. Aften an early Playoff exit, Anthony signed with the Houston Rockets the following season where he played only 10 games. After being out of the league for a while, Anthony joined the Portland Trail Blazers where he spent two seasons. In the 2021-22 season, he moved to the Los Angeles Lakers which ended up being his last team in the NBA.

During his career, Anthony was a regular member of the USA basketball teams that were dominating around the world. He won three Olympic gold medals at the 2008 Games in Beijing, 2012 in London and 2016 in Rio. He played a total of 31 games at the Olympic tournaments, the most of any US player ever. He holds the US Olympic single game points record after scoring 37 against Nigeria in 2012. At the previous games in 2008, he made 10 three-pointers against Argentia which is also a US Olympic record.

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