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Carmelo Anthony has second-most consecutive starts to begin a career

Carmelo Anthony, Rockets

Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony has racked up loads of prestigious accolades over the course of his career in the NBA, including 10 All-Star nods, six All-NBA Team selections, and one scoring title (2003). However, what some hoops fans may not be aware of is the fact that he has the second-most consecutive starts to begin a career.

“Melo,” as he’s come to be known, started in the first 1,054 games of his career. Since the 1970-71 NBA season, only one other player had more consecutive starts to begin their career: New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing (1,118).

Carmelo Anthony, now 34 years of age, was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft — one of the highest-rated draft classes in recent history, according to most accounts. Though he only spent one season at Syracuse, the Brooklyn native had an obvious knack for getting buckets, and he was ready to make the jump.

In the 1,057 games he’s played throughout his career, Anthony has racked up averages of 24.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting from the field (34.7 percent from beyond the arc), 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 steal in 35.9 minutes per outing.

A prolific scorer, Anthony currently ranks 19th on the NBA’s all-time leading scorers list with 25,442 points scored.

Carmelo Anthony and the Rockets agreed to the terms of a veteran’s minimum contract over the summer (roughly $2.4 million). As a result, Melo has been reunited coach Mike D’Antoni. And though the two struggled to find a rhythm in New York, both sides are intent on building a more successful partnership this time around.

Anthony and the Rockets will be back in action on Wednesday night, when they’ll welcome the Utah Jazz to the Toyota Center. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. EST.