With a 1: 3 pointer, Carmelo Anthony of the Portland Trail Blazers advanced to the top 10 of the NBA on Monday night under Elvin Hayes.
At 11:09 in the second quarter against the Hawks in Atlanta, Anthony isolated on the right flank, drawing the foul from 3 plus. After his striking stride of slapping the side of his head with three fingers, Anthony raised both arms in the air to quickly confirm the performance.
It was his third 3 of the first half that gave him 12 points. Anthony started the game against the Hawks on Monday, nine points behind Hayes’ career totaling 27,313.
He finished the night with 14 points overall – and 27,318 for his career – when Portland fell 123-114 against Atlanta.
“I think after it’s done, whenever it happens, I’ll be more in awe of it,” Anthony said on the phone to ESPN last week. “It’s something I never thought of. When you’re young, you look up this list and say, ‘Damn, this and that has so many points? I’ll never be able to do that.’ I’m more in awe of it. “
Moses Malone is on the all-time list at 27,409, an achievable number this season if Anthony maintains his current scoring pace.
Anthony’s trip to the top 10 is contextual. He is off the NBA for a season after being cut by the Houston Rockets after just 10 games at the start of the 2018-19 season. Anthony continued training and signed with the Trail Blazers in November 2019. He started all 58 games last season. He agreed to a bank role with Portland that season and started as the sixth man on Monday, averaging 13.6 points.
A 10-time All-Star, Anthony is in his 18th NBA season. In 2012/13 he won the title with the New York Knicks with an average of 28.7 points. Anthony spent 10 consecutive seasons in the top 10 of the standings, finishing second for the title twice on this track.
Anthony’s distribution of points is 13,970 in eight seasons with the Denver Nuggets, 10,186 in seven seasons with the Knicks, 1,261 in one season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, 134 with the Rockets and now 1,754 in two seasons with the Blazers.
This season Anthony has left Tim Duncan, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson and Hakeem Olajuwon behind in the ranking.