Carmelo Anthony Retires: HOF in 2026?

Carmelo Anthony Retires:  HOF in 2026?
22 May
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One of the most exciting basketball players of the last 20 years is calling it a career, as Carmelo Anthony, 39, announced his retirement.

Anthony was born in New York City, and would play one year collegiately for Syracuse in 2002-03, where he led the Orange to a National Championship.  He was taken third overall that year in the NBA Draft (the most loaded class of all-time that also included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) by the Denver Nuggets.

Melo did not take long to become a scoring machine in the Mile High City, averaging over 20 Points per Game as a rookie, and for the next 13 years, he never finished a season below that threshold.  The Nuggets improved under Anthony, who went to four All-Star Games there, and took them to the 2009 Conference Finals.  

Growing frustrated in Denver, Anthony sought a trade, preferably to New York, which was granted in February of 2011.  Now the face of New York City basketball, Anthony had his best run, adding six more All-Star, and a Scoring Title (2012-13).  The Knicks did not win a championship with Melo, but he was by far and wide their best player while he was there.

Anthony looked for a trade in 2017, which he got, to Oklahoma City, but his game went into a steep decline.  He bounced over his final four years playing also for Houston, Portland and the Lakers, last playing in 2021-22.  

While an NBA Title never came to fruition for Anthony, he does have three Olympic Gold Medals with the United States.  He is also a member of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team, and was chosen for six All-NBA Teams (two Second, and four Third).  Anthony leaves the game as the ninth-leading scorer (28, 289).

In our 2022-23 Pre-Season Hall of Fame Monitor of active players, Anthony was ranked at #13.

He is eligible for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2026, where he should be a first-ballot entrant.

We here at would like to wish Carmelo Anthony the best in his post-playing career.

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