#15 Carmelo Anthony
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6'8" 195 lb Forward
HS: Oak Hill Academy Mouth of Wilson, VA
HS: Towson Catholic Towson, MD
Born: 5/29/1984 Brooklyn, NY
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2002-03 Fr F
35
35
1274
277
612
45.3%
168
238
70.6%
56
166
33.7%
77
349
248
101
77
0
77
55
30
778
22.2
2.2
10.0
Career    
35
35
1274
277
612
45.3%
168
238
70.6%
56
166
33.7%
77
349
248
101
77
0
77
55
30
778
22.2
2.2
10.0

Carmelo Anthony put together the finest single freshman season in Syracuse basketball history, as the small forward led the Orangemen to their first NCAA tournament National Championship in 2003. 'Melo' played with a constant smile and a low key personality that allowed him to be a fan and teammate favorite. The consummate player, he could handle every facet of the game and do it well, always played within himself, and was the ultimate team player improving all those around him.

Anthony came to Syracuse has a highly recruited player, and made an immediate impact scoring 27+ points in his first three games. There were times early in the season he struggled to get the team flow working, where it was apparent his teammates were waiting for him to make all the big plays. However, as the season progressed, Anthony's team player skills became apparent, and the team started to gel as a cohesive unit. Though he was not the point guard, the offense often flowed through Anthony.

Anthony scored 30 points against Georgetown in March, and in what would be his last home court appearance, another 30 points against Rutgers. In the NCAA tournament, Anthony was solid in the first four rounds, though heroics were required from several Orangemen for the team to advance. In the Final Four however, he raised his game to another level. Against Texas, Anthony lead all scorers with a career high 33 points, giving the Orangemen a 95-84 victory.

In the NCAA Finals, Anthony played a strong first half, both scoring and rebounding. Kansas would focus on him in the second half, reducing his scoring effort, but he contributed by pulling down more rebounds and providing several key assists. The Orangemen would win the National Championship and Anthony would be the tournament's MVP.

In his only year at Syracuse, Melo would lead Orangemen in scoring and rebounding, was on the Big East first team, Big East Rookie of the Year, and was a first team All-American.

Despite cheers of the fans for "one more year', Melo declared himself eligible for the NBA draft after his freshman year. He was the 3rd pick in the draft, selected by the Denver Nuggets, and improved that team from the worst team in the league to a playoff team in his first season.

NBA Career Statistics
Season Pos G Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3FGA 3FGM % Asst Reb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2003-04 F
82
2995
624
1465
42.6%
408
525
77.7%
69
214
32.2%
227
498
225
247
97
41
1,725
21.0
2.8
6.1
2004-05 F
75
2608
530
1230
43.1%
456
573
79.6%
42
158
26.6%
194
426
229
224
68
30
1,558
20.8
2.6
5.7
2005-06 F
80
2941
756
1572
48.1%
573
709
80.8%
37
152
24.3%
216
394
229
218
88
42
2,122
26.5
2.7
4.9
2006-07 F
65
2486
691
1453
47.6%
459
568
80.8%
40
149
26.8%
249
391
203
234
77
23
1,881
28.9
3.8
6.0
2007-08 F
77
2806
728
1481
49.2%
464
590
78.6%
58
164
35.4%
259
571
253
253
98
39
1,978
25.7
3.4
7.4
2008-09 F
66
2277
535
1207
44.3%
371
468
79.3%
63
170
37.1%
222
450
195
199
75
24
1,504
22.8
3.4
6.8
2009-10 F
69
2634
688
1502
45.8%
508
612
83.0%
59
187
31.6%
222
454
225
209
88
30
1,943
28.2
3.1
6.2
2010-11 F
77
2751
684
1503
45.5%
507
605
83.8%
95
251
37.8%
221
563
224
206
68
46
1,970
25.6
2.9
7.3
2011-12 F
55
1876
441
1025
43.0%
295
367
80.4%
68
203
33.5%
200
344
156
144
62
24
1,245
22.6
3.6
6.3
2012-13 F
67
2482
669
1489
44.9%
425
512
83.0%
157
414
37.9%
171
460
205
175
52
32
1,920
28.7
2.6
6.9
2013-14 F
77
2982
743
1643
45.2%
459
541
84.8%
167
415
40.2%
242
622
224
198
95
51
2,112
27.4
3.1
8.1
Total
F
790
28,838
7,089
15,570
45.5%
4,925
6,070
81.1%
855 2,477 34.5%
2,423
5,173
2,368
-
2,307
868
382
19,958
25.3
3.1
6.5

By the end of his third season in the NBA, Anthony had developed the reputation as being the best clutch shooter in the league.

Anthony would be involved in a highly publicized fight his fourth season against the New York Knicks. Under the new zero tolerance rules in the NBA, he became the first player to have a significant suspension for fighting, missing 15 games. He would still be second in the league in scoring with 28.9 points per game, and help the Nuggets get to the first round of the playoffs. He was an All-Star in the 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 seasons. He would be traded to the New York Knicks in the middle of the 2010-2011 season.

Anthony would lead the NBA in scoring average for the 2012-2013 season with a 28.7 ppg average. He also made a career best 157 three points shots that season.

Anthony played on the United States Olympic team twice. He won a bronze medal in Athens in 2004, on a team he was a small contributor on. He was a significant contributor in Beijing in 2008 as part of the gold medal winning 'redeem team'.

In 2007, Anthony donated $3 million dollars to the Syracuse athletic department to build a new basketball practice facility. In September of 2009, the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center was opened on campus.

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