Carmelo Anthony, the Baltimore native who made a name for himself on the basketball court at the now shuttered Towson Catholic High School and, later, Syracuse University is still scoring the basketball, now in his 18th NBA season.
On Monday, Anthony scored 14 points for the Portland Trail Blazers in their loss to the Atlanta Hawks, raising his career scoring total to 27,318 points, which ranks as No. 10 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Anthony, who will turn 37 this month, reached the Top 10 in the first quarter of the contest when he hit a three-point jumper and convert an and-one. He passed former Baltimore/Washington Bullets star Elvin Hayes.
Portland is Anthony’s six NBA franchise. He spent his first eight seasons with the Denver Nuggets and also spent seven seasons with the New York Knicks. He has averaged 23 points per game over his career with four seasons at better than 27 points per game. Considered to be at the end of the line when he played just 10 games in the 2018-19 season with the Houston Rockets, Anthony has found new life in Portland over the last two years, becoming more of a role player for a talented young team.
Anthony is now 91 points from tying Moses Malone for ninth on the all-time scoring list and 278 from the eighth spot currently owned by Shaquille O’Neal.