Carmelo Anthony wasn’t in Oklahoma City long, but nonetheless, his return to play the Thunder will be memorable. On Nov. 8, Melo and the Houston Rockets will head to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder.
It’s likely that Melo will get a mixed reaction from the Oklahoma City crowd. He was only with the Thunder for one season before parting ways this offseason. The Thunder were a team that many thought could challenge the Warriors out West, but they bowed out in the first round of the playoffs to the Utah Jazz.
Things didn’t click for Melo in OKC. Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game and never seemed to jell with Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Anthony went ice cold from deep during the team’s first-round matchup and only averaged 11.2 points per game for the series.
Anthony will look to revitalize his career in Houston with Chris Paul and James Harden. Perhaps OKC just wasn’t the right fit. If Melo can adapt to a new role, he could have a bounce-back season. He could excel in catch-and-shoot situations, and he should be dangerous in the post when switch-heavy defenses get stuck with a smaller, weaker guard on him.
Although Melo’s return to Oklahoma City will surely be memorable, it won’t even compare to the fanfare and drama of his return to Atlanta. Anthony made a brief stop with the Hawks in between Oklahoma City and Houston.
In fact, the Hawks never lost a game with Anthony on the roster.
Hawks legend Carmelo Anthony will make his return to Atlanta on March 19 pic.twitter.com/6NkmtO1PAJ
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