NBA 2020-21: Carmelo Anthony passes Tim Duncan for 14th in career scoring, Carmelo Anthony honored to pass Tim Duncan for 14th on the all-time NBA scoring list

NBA 2020-21: Carmelo Anthony passes Tim Duncan for 14th in career scoring,  Carmelo Anthony honored to pass Tim Duncan for 14th on the all-time NBA scoring list

Carmelo Anthony passes Tim Duncan for 14th in career scoring

The Future Hall of Famer is averaging 23.5 points per game in more than 1,100 career games.

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Trail Blazers reserve Carmelo Anthony is the 14th-leading scorer in NBA history, putting up 18 points in Friday’s victory over the Warriors to surpass Spurs legend Tim Duncan on the career list.

“I’m just happy to continue to do what I love to do and be out here still doing it at his stage of my career,” Anthony said. “I’m still enjoying the game and I think it shows. To surpass Tim Duncan, we all know how great he was and what he meant to the game … I’m still going.”

Anthony, 36, is averaging 23.5 points for his career, now spanning 1,126 games over 18 seasons. He passed Duncan with a contested corner 3-pointer late in the third quarter of Portland’s victory.

Provided he stays healthy and relatively productive, Anthony could surpass Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson and Dominique Wilkins to reach 11th place by season’s end.

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I’m just happy to continue to do what I love to do and be out here still doing it at his stage of my career,” Anthony said. “I’m still enjoying the game and I think it shows. To surpass Tim Duncan, we all know how great he was and what he meant to the game … I’m still going.

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Carmelo Anthony has made a living out of one thing and one thing only: putting basketballs through hoops, his ability to score has never been in question, and on Friday, he hit an offensive milestone few players ever even sniff. In scoring his 26,498th NBA point, he passed Tim Duncan for 14th on the league’s all-time scoring list. 

The play came late in the fourth quarter of a blowout victory over the Golden State Warriors. Jusuf Nurkic hit him in the corner for a 3-pointer that might not have affected the long-decided outcome, but it did get him past Duncan in the record books.

In all likelihood, Anthony will climb a few more spots this season. He is fewer than 200 points away from No. 13 Dominique Wilkins, fewer than 300 points away from No. 12 Oscar Robertson and fewer than 500 points away from No. 11 Hakeem Olajuwon. If he plays multiple seasons, he could theoretically climb as high as No. 8 Shaquille O’Neal, who scored 28,596 points in his career. After that, Wilt Chamberlain’s 31,419 points at No. 7 are likely out of reach.

But even reaching No. 14 is a tremendous achievement. Duncan is a two-time MVP and a five-time champion. He’s the sort of player anyone should want to chase in the record books. Now Anthony has passed him, and he’ll only rise from here. 

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Anthony admitted he didn’t realize he had surpassed Ducan in the moment. 

“I didn’t even know about the record until I came on the bench and got subbed out,” Melo said.

The future Hall of Famer also joked that the record nearly didn’t happen Friday night because right before he hit the corner three, he was looking to get subbed out for a much needed break.

During the NBA restart, Melo worked his way up the All-Time scoring list to No. 15, passing Paul Pierce and John Havlicek on the esteemed list.

Now that Melo has scored 26,499 points over his 18 years in the league, he’s 169 points away from snatching the No. 13 spot from Dominique Wilkins.

Here’s how the top 15 all-time leading scores list looks now:

  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar        38,387
  2. Karl Malone      36,928
  3. LeBron James   34,384
  4. Kobe Bryant     33,643
  5. Michael Jordan 32,292
  6. Dirk Nowitzki    31,560
  7. Wilt Chamberlain       31,419
  8. Shaquille O’Neal        28,596
  9. Moses Malone 27,409
  10. Elvin Hayes       27,313
  11. Hakeem Olajuwon     26,946
  12. Oscar Robertson       26,710
  13. Dominique Wilkins   26,668
  14. Carmelo Anthony      26,499
  15. Tim Duncan      26,496

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Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been named an NBA All-Star ten times and an All-NBA Team member six times. He played college basketball for the Syracuse Orange, winning a national championship as a freshman in 2003 while being named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

After one season at Syracuse, Anthony entered the 2003 NBA draft and was selected with the third overall pick by the Denver Nuggets. While playing for Denver, he led the Nuggets to the playoffs every year from 2004 to 2010; the team won two division titles in that span. In 2009, Anthony led the Nuggets to their first Conference Finals appearance since 1985. In 2011, he was traded from Denver to the New York Knicks days before the NBA trade deadline. In a January 24, 2014 game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Anthony scored a career-high 62 points, setting a Knicks’ single-game scoring record and a Madison Square Garden single-game scoring record. Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he played one season before signing with the Rockets.

Anthony has played in the Olympics for the US national team a record four times, winning a bronze medal with the 2004 squad and gold medals on the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic teams. As of April 2016, he was the US Olympic team’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, and games played.

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