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Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony climbs to 13th on all-time scoring list, nearing Oscar Robertson’s record

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Carmelo Anthony of the Portland Trail Blazers rose to No. 13 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list by passing Dominique Wilkins.

Wilkins finished his career with 26,668 points overall, and now, Anthony has 26,671 to his credit. Melo is hot on the heels of the Big O, Oscar Robertson, who finished his career with 26,710 points.

Anthony accomplished the feat during the Blazers’ Tuesday win over the Washington Wizards. He finished the contest with 21 points on top of four rebounds.

Melo did the bulk of his scoring during his prime with the New York Knicks, where he made eight straight All-Star teams from 2010 to 2017 and led the league in scoring in 2012-13 with a lofty 28.7 points per game. His lowest points per game average with the ‘Bockers was 21.8 in 2015-16.

There is no question that Carmelo Anthony is a bucket, but he was never able to get far in the playoffs, which many see as a demerit on his overall career. Though he’s a clear, first-ballot Hall of Famer when he decides to retire, he still seemingly has plenty left in the tank for the Blazers.

Since he’s not starting anymore for the Blazers, Anthony is averaging the lowest minutes per game average of his career at 25.4. His numbers are also quite low across the board, including career-lows in points per game (11.6), rebounds (3.6) and assists (1.2).

Melo is also shooting quite poorly from multiple areas of the floor, including career-lows in field goal percentage (36.1), two-point percentage (37.4) and true shooting percentage (48.7).

Anthony needs roughly 270 points to pass Hakeem Olajuwon for 11th on the all-time scoring list. With a nearly full season of 25 minutes per game under his belt, it seems fairly reasonable that the Blazers forward will get there–and beyond.