Carmelo Anthony becomes 21st NBA player to reach 25,000 points
After playing .500 basketball for much of the 2017-18 NBA season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have won six consecutive games. As most recognized it would take time for Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony to build chemistry, Anthony accepting his new role has taken them to the next level.
Heading into the Thunder’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons, Anthony was 17 points away from becoming the 21st player in NBA history to reach 25,000 career points. The 10-time All-Star was able to accomplish the feat early in the third quarter on a free throw according to NBA:
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Originally the third overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2003 NBA Draft, the Pistons passed on Anthony to select Darko Milicic instead. While the Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 NBA Finals, most wonder what could have been if they selected one of the best scorers in league history.
For Anthony, this is another individual accomplishment in his future Hall of Fame career (98.2 percent chance according to Basketball Reference). However, for the 33-year-old, he is looking to win his first championship with the Thunder after 6.5 seasons with the New York Knicks.
At 28-20 and fifth in the Western Conference, the Thunder are an intriguing team in the second half of the season. While they have shown they beat the championship contenders (Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and Cleveland Cavaliers), they need to be consistent with the lesser teams in the league.