Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
36-Year-Old ForwardF
Portland Trail Blazers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Carmelo Anthony in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $2.15 million contract with the Trail Blazers in November of 2019. Converted to a guaranteed deal in December of 2019.
Personal Bio

Carmelo Kyam Anthony, son of Carmelo Iriarte and Mary Anthony, was born in 1984 in Brooklyn. Anthony spent the first three seasons of his high school career at Towson Catholic High School in the suburbs of Baltimore. He then transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, where he squared off against good friend Lebron James in one of the most talked about high school games in history - which Anthony's Oak Hill won 72-66. He captured a National Championship at Syracuse, averaging 22.2 points and 10 rebounds per game and was named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. Anthony has represented the United States at the last four Olympic tournaments - winning three gold medals - and is the nation's all-time leader in scoring and games played. The Carmelo Anthony Foundation, which bears his namesake, strives to "positively impact the lives of those living in under-served communities through 3 key focus areas - education, recreation & community outreach". Anthony has funded school projects in Baltimore and fundraised for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and clean water efforts in Flint, Michigan. More information on the Carmelo Anthony Foundation can be found on its website, thecarmeloanthonyfoundation.org. You can follow Carmelo Anthony on both Twitter and Instagram @Carmeloanthony.

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In one season at Syracuse, Anthony led the school to its first National Championship, defeating Kansas in the 2003 Final Four. Anthony was named a Second Team All-American by the Associated Press while earning the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four and East Regional. A consensus choice for the national Freshman of the Year, Anthony was also named to the All-Big East First Team after averaging 22.2 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game. In the victory over Kansas, he poured in 20 points to go along with 10 boards and seven assists. And in the national semi-final win over Texas, Anthony scored a season-high 33.

Turns in vintage performance
FPortland Trail Blazers
August 29, 2020
Anthony finished with 27 points (9-16 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT), seven boards, and one assist in 40 minutes of a 131-122 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Anthony came out firing like a hungry rookie desperate to prove himself in game five, and the seasoned vet did his best to fill in with his team missing superstar Damian Lillard (knee) in the decisive game five. While his effort, which included a series high in points, helped keep the game close late in the fourth quarter, ultimately the Trail Blazers ran out of steam and the Lakers pulled away. The loss ends Portland's season.
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2018

Playing in his 17th NBA season, Anthony appeared in 10 games as a member of the Rockets. He translated 29.4 minutes per game to averages of 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.7 blocks. In back-to-back October games against the Jazz and Clippers, Anthony scored 22 points and 24 points, respectively. He notched a season-high 28 points in a Nov. 2 win over the Nets. In his final game with the Rockets on Nov. 8, Anthony had two points and five rebounds in 20 minutes.

2017

Few players in the history of the NBA have been able to put the ball in the basket as easily and consistently as Anthony. The 2017-18 campaign, Anthony's first in Oklahoma City, marked the fourteenth straight season in which Anthony averaged at least 16 points per game. Anthony posted double-digit scoring in each of his first 19 contests, and in 26 of his first 28 overall. His 78 games played were his most since 2005-06, his second season in the league. Anthony's deft touch from the outside was on full display to the tune of a season-high 29 points in helping the Thunder to a 148-124 win over Cleveland on Jan. 17. He had 28 points and 10 rebounds in a win over the Pacers on Oct. 25 for one of his five double-doubles on the season. Anthony grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds in a loss to Boston on Nov. 3. For the second straight season, Anthony made better than 35 percent of his three-point attempts, while his 2.2 made threes per contest were his most since the 2012-13 campaign. Anthony played north of 25 minutes in all six of Oklahoma City's postseason games against the Jazz. He scored in double figures in four of the six games, including a 17-point, nine-rebound effort in Game 2 of the series.

2016

Anthony started all 74 games in which he appeared for the Knicks. In 34.3 minutes per game, Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He scored at least 30 points on 14 different occasions. His best scoring month was February, in which he poured in 25.5 points per contest. He collected seven double-doubles during the regular season, headlined by a 35-point, 13-rebound effort in a win over Charlotte on Nov. 25. On Dec. 30, Anthony went for 26 points and 13 rebounds against the Knicks. He recorded a season-high 10 assists in a win over Milwaukee on Jan. 6, also adding six rebounds and one steal in 39 minutes. Anthony made the All-Star Game for the 10th time in his career, finishing the game with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in 19 minutes. Anthony concluded the year ranking 17th in the NBA in usage rate, posting a 29.1 percent mark -- down slightly from the previous season (29.7%).

2015

In his 13th NBA season, Anthony was once again the go-to scorer for the Knicks. The 31-year-old started all 72 games in which he played and scored 21.8 points across 35.1 minutes per game, both of which led the team. Anthony also easily led the Knicks with 18.2 field goal attempts per game, converting 7.9 of those. The Syracuse product shot 43.4 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from three-point range. Anthony also shot a solid 82.9 percent from the free-throw line, marking the eighth time in his career he shot 80.0 percent or better from the stripe. He chipped in 7.7 rebounds and a career-high 4.2 assists per game in a well-rounded campaign. Anthony scored a season-high 37 points on 11-of-18 shooting against the Wizards on Halloween Night. He matched that total in a win over Portland on Dec. 12 and had six additional games of at least 30 points. Anthony posted 22 double-doubles, including when he grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds to go along with 20 points on Dec. 16. Anthony was selected for his ninth career All-Star Game, which he started for the Eastern Conference and finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Anthony concluded the season ranked 18th in the NBA in made field goals, 15th in field-goal attempts, 18th in made free throws, 17th in points, 18th in minutes per game and 12th in usage rate.

2014

During the 2014-15 season, Carmelo Anthony appeared in a career-low 40 games for the Knicks. His season was cut short when he opted to undergo knee surgery in February. Prior to surgery, Anthony averaged a team-high 24.4 points per game, topping 20 points in 39 of his 40 appearances. While he did not qualify for NBA leaderboards, he ranked fifth in the league in points per game as of his final game. His best scoring performance of the season came on Nov. 14 against Utah, when he went for 46 points on 16-of-26 shooting in 39 minutes. Anthony had 36 points, 11 rebounds and six assists on Dec. 27 in Sacramento. He scored his 20,000th career point in a Nov. 2 win over the Hornets. Anthony qualified for his eighth career All-Star Game. He was voted a starter for the sixth consecutive season. In 30 minutes of action, Anthony had 14 points and seven rebounds as the Eastern Conference fell to the Western Conference at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks finished the season with a record of 17-65 and missed the playoffs.

2013

During the 2013-14 season, Carmelo Anthony started and appeared in 77 games for the New York Knicks. The star forward averaged 27.4 points per game -- good for second in the NBA. He led the league in minutes per game (38.7), while establishing a new career-high rebounding mark of 8.1 boards per game. Anthony also shot a career-best from beyond the arc, hitting 40.2 percent of his 415 three-point attempts. He topped 40 points on five occasions, including a 62-point explosion against Charlotte on Jan. 24 that set a new franchise single-game scoring record. Anthony shot 23-of-35 from the field and 10-of-10 at the line in the victory. The January Eastern Conference Player of the Month recorded 22 double-doubles on the season, headlined by a 26-point, 20-rebound performance against the Clippers on Jan. 17. It was the Knicks' first 20-20 game since 2010. Anthony played a season and career-high 55 minutes in a win over Milwaukee on Dec. 18, finishing with 29 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks. While Anthony missed the playoffs for the first time in his career, he qualified for his seventh All-Star Game, which he finished with 30 points and eight made threes.

2012

In his second full season with the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony started 67 games and led the NBA in scoring at 28.7 points per game. He became just the third Knicks player to accomplish the feat, joining Bernard King and Richie Guerin. Anthony topped 30 points on 31 occasions, and he eclipsed 40 points eight times. His highest-scoring game came against Miami on Apr. 2, when he went for 50 points on 18-of-26 shooting in 40 minutes of action. Anthony scored 45 points in a win over the Nets on Dec. 11 -- one of two 45-point nights on the season. The other came against Portland on Jan. 1. Anthony reached 40 points in back-to-back games against the Hawks (April 3) and Bucks (April 5). He pulled down a season-high 19 rebounds, to go with 36 points, in a loss to Chicago on April 11. Anthony was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for April, and he qualified for his sixth All-Star Game, which he started and finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Syracuse product was named to the All-NBA Second Team, and he finished second in MVP balloting behind only LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Leading the Knicks to the Atlantic Division title, Anthony paced the team in a first round series win over the Celtics. He scored 36 points in Game 1 and 34 points in Game 2 -- both Knicks victories. New York fell to Indiana in Round 2, but Anthony finished the six-game series with averages of 28.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 38.9 minutes per game.

2011

In his first full season in New York, Carmelo Anthony appeared in 55 of 66 possible games during the lockout shortened 2011-12 season. He averaged 22.6 points per game -- good for sixth in the NBA. His season-high came on Apr. 8 against the Bulls, when he went for 43 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 47 minutes. A week later, Anthony dropped 42 points and nine rebounds against the Heat. In a win over Boston on Apr. 17, Anthony notched his second career triple-double, putting up 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. He recorded a season-high five steals against Atlanta on Mar. 30. The Syracuse product made his fifth All-Star Game and was voted a starter for the fourth consecutive year. He finished the game with 19 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes. Anthony was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for April, and he was named to the All-NBA Third Team. He finished the year ranked 19th in the league in made field goals, ninth in made free throws, and fourth in usage rate (31.8%).

2010

Carmelo Anthony began the 2010-11 season with the Denver Nuggets, where he appeared in 50 games and averaged 25.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 35.5 minutes per contest. On Feb. 22, Anthony was traded to New York as part of a blockbuster, three-team deal that sent Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, cash and future draft picks to the Nuggets. The Timberwolves were also involved in the trade. As a member of the Nuggets, Anthony recorded two 40-plus-point games, headlined by a 50-point effort in a loss to Houston on Feb. 7. He scored 42 points in a win over Dallas three days later. With the Knicks, Anthony had a pair of 39-point nights in back-to-back games against the Magic (Mar. 28) and the Nets (Mar. 30). Anthony became the third player ever (Wilt Chamberlain; Dominique Wilkins) to score at least 25 points in each of his first four games with a new team. Anthony qualified for his fourth career All-Star Game, starting at one forward spot for the Western Conference for the third straight year. Anthony finished the season ranked third in the league in per-game scoring (25.6), 16th in PER (21.7), and third in usage rate (32.0%). He scored 42 points, to go with 17 rebounds, in Game 2 of the Knicks' first-round series against the Celtics. New York fell in four games, with Anthony averaging 26.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals for the series.

2009

In his seventh NBA season, Carmelo Anthony started and appeared in 69 games for the Nuggets. He averaged 28.2 points per game -- good for third in the league -- to go with 6.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals. To begin the season, Anthony set a franchise record by scoring at least 20 points in each of his first 20 games. He had 31 games with at least 30 points, reached 40 points seven times and 50 points once. The October-and-November Western Conference Player of the Month went for 50 points on 17-of-28 shooting in a win over the Knicks on Nov. 27. He had 45 points and 10 rebounds against the Rockets on Mar. 15. Anthony made the All-Star Game for the third time in his career and started for the Western Conference for a second consecutive season. He finished the game -- hosted by Dallas -- with 27 points and 10 rebounds. At season's end, Anthony finished sixth in MVP voting. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team after three previous appearances on the Third Team. Anthony led the Nuggets into the postseason, where they were ousted by the Jazz in a six-game first-round series. Anthony averaged 42.3 minutes per game for the series and finished with 30.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals per playoff contest.

2008

In his sixth NBA season, Carmelo Anthony appeared in 66 games for the Nuggets. He missed 10 games in the month of January due to a fractured finger on his right hand. Nonetheless, Anthony averaged 22.8 points per game, ranking seventh in the league in that category. He eclipsed 10,000 career points against Oklahoma City on Feb. 4, becoming the third-youngest player ever -- behind only LeBron James and Kobe Bryant -- to reach the milestone. In his highest-scoring outing of the season, Anthony went for 45 points against the Timberwolves on Dec. 10. He scored 33 points in the third quarter alone, tying George Gervin's then-NBA record. Anthony pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds, to go with 26 points, in a win over Philadelphia on Feb. 18. Due in large part to injuries, Anthony did not make the All-Star team, but he was named to the All-NBA Third Team for the third time in his career. Leading the Nuggets to the postseason, Anthony paced the team in its run to the Western Conference Finals. He scored 34 points in a series-clinching Game 5 against New Orleans in Round 1 before averaging 30.0 points per game against the Mavericks in Round 2. The Nuggets ultimately fell to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, with Anthony averaging 27.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists in the six-game series.

2007

Playing in his fifth NBA season, Carmelo Anthony started all 77 games in which he appeared for the Nuggets. He averaged 25.7 points per game to go with 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and a career-best 1.3 steals. Anthony finished the year as the NBA's fourth-highest scorer, and he became only the second player in franchise history (Alex English) to average at least 25.0 points per game in three consecutive seasons. In a win over Washington on Feb. 8, Anthony went for a season-high 49 points on 19-of-25 shooting. He had 47 points and 11 rebounds against Sacramento on April 5. One night later, Anthony went for 38 points and 11 rebounds against Seattle -- one of his 22 double-doubles on the season. Named to his career All-Star Game, Anthony made his first career start for the Western Conference, finishing with 18 points and seven rebounds. In the postseason, Anthony averaged 22.5 points per game as Denver fell to the Lakers in Round 1 in four games. Anthony did not make an All-NBA team, but he finished 13th in MVP balloting.

2006

In his fourth NBA season, Anthony solidified his place among the league's elite offensive players. In 65 games for the Nuggets -- he missed 15 while serving a suspension -- he averaged a career-best 28.9 points along with 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists. He took a career-high 22.4 field goal attempts per game, converting at a 47.6 percent clip while shooting 80.8 percent from the free throw line. Anthony scored a season-high 42 points against the Celtics on Dec. 15. He also had two separate streaks of six games with at least 30 points, tying Alex English for the franchise record. In a win over the Bulls on Nov. 21, Anthony finished with 29 points, falling just one short of extending his streak to seven games. On Feb. 5, Anthony recorded his first career triple-double, tallying 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Phoenix. The Syracuse product made his first All-Star Game and was named to the All-NBA Third Team for the second straight season. The Western Conference Player of the Month for April, Anthony finished 15th in the MVP voting after ranking second in the league in scoring and fifth in usage rate (33.4 percent).

2005

Appearing and starting in 80 games, Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets in scoring, and ranked eighth in the NBA, with 26.5 points per game. He reached 40 points on four occasions, topping out with 45 points in a loss to the 76ers on Dec. 27. He had 43 points and 11 rebounds in an overtime win over Phoenix on Jan. 10. It was one of his five double-doubles on the season. On Feb. 10, Anthony handed out a season-high 10 assists in a win over Dallas. Anthony failed to make the All-Star Game, but he secured a forward spot on the All-NBA Third Team. In the postseason, Anthony scored 25 points in Game 1 of Denver's first-round series against the Clippers. For the five-game series, Anthony posted averages of 21.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He shot 33.3 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line.

2004

In his second NBA season, Carmelo Anthony started all 75 games in which he appeared for the Nuggets. In 34.8 minutes per game, Anthony posted 20.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists, while shooting 43.1 percent from the floor. He scored a season-high 36 points in back-to-back games against the Suns and Blazers on April 18 and 19, respectively. In the latter contest, Anthony added 13 rebounds -- one short of his season high -- and four blocks. Against the Raptors on Dec. 10, Anthony had 28 points, eight rebounds and a season-best nine assists. Anthony finished the season ranked 19th in the league in scoring, 11th in usage rate (29.2%) and 12th in made free throws. In the postseason, Anthony had back-to-back 20-plus-point efforts in Games 4 and 5 of the Nuggets' first-round series versus the Spurs, topping out with 28 points in Game 4.

2003

As a rookie, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft made an immediate impact for the Nuggets. He led all rookies in scoring at 21.0 points per game, which ranked 12th in the league overall. Anthony became the first rookie to lead a playoff team in scoring since David Robinson (1989-90) and set Nuggets rookie records for total points, scoring average, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made, free throws attempted and minutes played. A six-time Western Conference Rookie of the Month, Anthony was a unanimous All-Rookie First Team selection. He finished second only to LeBron James in Rookie of the Year voting. Anthony established a Nuggets rookie record with 41 points in a win over Seattle on Mar. 30, in turn becoming the second-youngest player to ever score 40 points in an NBA game. Anthony grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds on two occasions, most notably against the Grizzlies on Feb. 23, when he also added 26 points and a steal. In Round 1 of the playoffs against Minnesota, Anthony scored 19 points in his postseason debut. He established a postseason career-high with 24 points, to go with 10 rebounds, in Denver's Game 3 victory.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2003
    Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2003 NBA Draft.
  • February 22, 2011
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Denver Nuggets with Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams and a 2016 1st round draft pick to the New York Knicks; the Denver Nuggets traded a 2015 2nd round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves; the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Kosta Koufos to the Denver Nuggets; the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Corey Brewer to the New York Knicks; the New York Knicks traded Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, cash, and future draft picks to the Denver Nuggets; the New York Knicks traded Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph and cash to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • July 13, 2014
    Signed a five-year contract with the New York Knicks
  • September 25, 2017
    Traded by the New York Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 2nd round draft pick.
  • July 25, 2018
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 2022 1st round draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks; the Atlanta Hawks traded Dennis Schroder to the Oklahoma City Thunder; the Atlanta Hawks traded Mike Muscala to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Philadelphia 76ers traded Justin Anderson to the Atlanta Hawks; the Philadelphia 76ers traded Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • July 30, 2018
    Waived by the Atlanta Hawks.
  • August 13, 2018
    Signed as a free agent with the Houston Rockets.
  • January 22, 2019
    Traded by the Houston Rockets with Jon Diebler and cash to the Chicago Bulls for Tadija Dragicevic.
  • February 1, 2019
    Waived by the Chicago Bulls.
  • November 19, 2019
    Signed a Rest-of-Season contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
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After six straight years in a Knicks uniform, Anthony was traded to Oklahoma City ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, where he was expected to form a new "Big 3" alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Of the three, Anthony was clearly the bottom feeder and his touches and usage took a significant hit after being the go-to guy in New York. Anthony's field goal attempts fell from 18.8 per game to just 15.0, which resulted in a career-low scoring finish of 16.2 points per game. His 1.3 assists were also the worst of his career, while his 5.8 rebounds were his lowest finish since his second year in the league in 2005-2006. Much of the time Anthony simply drifted out to the three-point line and waited for open looks from Westbrook and George. As a result, Anthony did knock down 2.2 three-pointers at a 35.7 percent clip. Still, after the Thunder were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, Anthony was quickly given much of the blame for the failed experiment and ultimately wound up with the Rockets after a trade and a buyout pushed him into the free agent market. Unfortunately for his Fantasy value, Anthony will be joining another stacked roster, one that nearly ousted the defending champion Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. With James Harden and Chris Paul running the show offensively, as well as the presence of the newly extended Clint Capela, Anthony is going to have to settle for a complementary scoring role. There's a chance the 15-year veteran could even come off the bench, which is somewhat surprising considering Anthony has publicly stated in the past that he wouldn't do so. All of that leads to the conclusion that Anthony will have to make some sacrifices with his new club and his willingness to do so could help determine his value. Anthony is assuredly walking into his smallest workload to date and while that essentially guarantees his production takes a hit, he could still have some value as a scorer and a deep-ball marksman on an uptempo team that led the league in uncontested three-pointers a year ago.
In his 14th NBA season and sixth with the Knicks, Anthony once again operated as the team's go-to option offensively. He averaged 22.4 points per game, while shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from the three-point line. It marked a solid improvement as deep ball threat, as his three-point percentage was the best it's been over the last three years and he also knocked down 2.0 threes per game, also his best mark over that same span. However, with Anthony taking on more of a role as a scorer, he struggled elsewhere and saw his rebounds and assists fall from 7.7 and 4.2, respectively, to just 5.9 and 2.9. That said, the Knicks finished the season in the bottom third of the Eastern Conference with a 31-51 record, bringing with it criticism over the future of the organization, as well as Anthony himself. In the offseason, Knicks president Phil Jackson publicly stated that he felt the two sides should part, so look for Anthony to eventually be traded to a new team heading into the 2016-17 campaign. It's unclear exactly where that will be and each individual situation could bring with it a different role for Anthony, so his Fantasy value is obviously as hard to predict as it ever has been. However, Anthony hasn't shown too many signs of slowing, so even if he joins a contender with a much more talented roster, his production would likely only take a minor hit across the board. He'll be a high-risk player for those opting to select Anthony before he knows his final destination.
After getting shut down following the All-Star break in 2014-15 to undergo knee surgery, Anthony was able to steer clear of any extended injury setbacks last season, suiting up in 72 games while a few of his 10 absences were for rest purposes. Despite receiving similar minutes, the 32-year-old saw his scoring drop to 21.8 points per game, with his shot attempts trailing off as superstar rookie Kristaps Porzingis emerged as a reliable second banana. Porzingis is expected to see an enhanced role during the upcoming season and the team also acquired high-volume chuckers Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings to bolster the backcourt, which could result in Anthony surrendering more of the offensive responsibilities. It may not ding Anthony’s fantasy value too much, however, as he’s coming off a campaign where he submitted the most assists and third-most rebounds of any season in his 13 years in the NBA. Maintaining his averages in those two categories combined with an improvement in his unusually low 43.4 percent mark from the field might be enough for Anthony to offset a further decline in scoring. He still shapes up as a top-50 player in the majority of fantasy formats.
Anthony enters this season with sights on rebounding from a frustrating, injury-shortened 2014-15 campaign in which he averaged 24.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.5 three-pointers in 36 minutes per game across 40 appearances. A partial tear of his left patellar tendon bothered Anthony for most of last season, before he ultimately opted for surgery in February. With a four-to-six month recovery period, that procedure allowed Anthony ample time to rehabilitate before participating in Team USA's minicamp in August. Given that involvement, as well as the remaining offseason, Anthony is expected to be full speed once training camp rolls around. At that time, Anthony figures to provide a considerable boost to the Knicks' offense, as his 24.5 points per game last season finished sixth league-wide. On the whole, Anthony's numbers last term bared a striking resemblance to his current career averages, although coach Derek Fisher's return to playing Anthony at small forward negatively impacted his rebounding average. In fact, following a career-best 8.1 boards in 2013-14, Anthony's average of 6.6 last season was his lowest since 2011-12, the season prior to his two-year stint at power forward. Now 31 years old, Anthony's familiarity in Fisher's system bodes well for this season, when a healthy Anthony figures to remind fantasy owners of his elite offensive ability.
Entering his 12th NBA season, Anthony finished second in the league with 27.4 points (45% FG, 40% 3Pt, 85% FT) per game last season. Along with more improved shooting percentages, Anthony posted career-bests in rebounds (8.1) and blocks (0.7) per game, as well as three-point makes (167). Additionally, the seven-time All-Star averaged 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals, and 39 minutes through 77 games played. The Knicks' face of the franchise, Anthony signed a five-year, $120 million contract this offseason to remain in New York and work under new head coach Derek Fisher and president Phil Jackson. While Anthony spent significant time at power forward the past two seasons, he's noticeably slimmed down this offseason to prolong his career and become a better fit in the triangle offense. Without the excess weight that so often allowed Anthony to bully defenders in the post, a more toned Anthony figures to be more fluid in advancing the triangle's spacing and ball movement principles. As a result, Anthony's number of isolation situations is expected to decrease this season, instead making way for more efficient scoring and assist opportunities. Currently in the prime of his career, Anthony is perhaps the league's most versatile scorer, and the triangle's potential to highlight Anthony's vast offensive skill set figures to ensure he remains an elite fantasy option this season.
Last season, ‘Melo won the scoring title and was among the league leaders with 2.3 three-pointers per game and 83 percent free-throw shooting. A scoring machine, Anthony's deficiencies in assists (2.6 apg), steals (0.8 spg) and blocks (0.6 bpg) can be overlooked after the truly elite guys are off the board because of how dominant he is in his areas of expertise. His 7.6 free-throw attempts per game signified his best average since 2010-11 (8.3), and if he could be more aggressive and get to the line almost nine times a game like he did in 2009-10, owners could take even further advantage of his fantastic stroke at the line. One thing to be wary of with regards to Anthony is his fragility. He has played 70-plus games just twice in the past nine seasons, so there should be no surprises when he inevitably misses a week or two here or there.
Anthony’s ability to score can’t be denied, but last season his 22.6 points per game were his lowest average since 2004-05. His 43 percent shooting from the field was also the second worst percentage of his career. He struggled to fit in with Jeremy Lin and Amare Stoudemire, but there’s reason to believe that could change this year. With Lin in Houston, Anthony should be able to score more freely and start to lead the Knicks. He was dominant on the U.S. Olympic team this summer, and though international basketball is a bit different from the NBA, Knicks fans will be hoping that Anthony was taking notes on the way players like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James approach the game. Melo has averaged just 1.1 steals and 0.5 blocks per game throughout his career, which has given him a reputation of being just a scorer, but you can also always count on him for 6-plus boards per game and a bevy of three-pointers. His 3.7 attempts from long range last season was the second highest rate of his career. Anthony is a very safe late-second to early-third round pick, and should finish the season as a top-five player at his position.
Anthony has always been one of the league’s best scorers, but when he was traded to the Knicks near the deadline, the openness of coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense added a new dimension to Anthony’s value: the three-pointer. Although Anthony’s scoring average saw only a modest 0.5-point rise with his move to the Knicks, he went from converting 0.8 threes per game in Denver to converting 2.0 per game in New York. That contribution of 1.2 additional threes per game, in addition to his already impressive scoring average, elevated Anthony from a dominant scorer to a legitimate fantasy star. Through 27 games with the Knicks last season, Anthony averaged 26.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 three-pointers, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.4 turnovers. In a full season with the Knicks, and with a full offseason for D’Antoni to plan how to use him, Anthony could very well improve on his already gaudy fantasy numbers.
If not the poster boy, per se, Anthony is at least an object lesson in the importance of understanding a player's value across all eight or nine categories (as the case may be) and not just his point-per-game averages. One could easily see that Anthony finished third in scoring last year (with 28.2 points per contest); recognize that last year's second-place scorer, LeBron James, is due for a slight decline now that he's with Miami; and figure that Anthony is a good bet as a top-10 pick. One would be unwise to come to that conclusion, however, as – among a standard pool of players in a 12x13 league – Anthony is only above average in scoring and free-throw shooting. Rebounds, assists, threes, steals, blocks and field goal percentage – Anthony does enough in these categories not to hurt his value, but not so much as to make him an early or even mid-first rounder. In leagues where turnovers count, his value takes another slight hit: his 3.0 turnovers per game last season really aren't bad for someone with Anthony's scoring ability, but they still count in the tally sheet. Moreover, there's the issue of Anthony's health. Knee and ankle injuries limited him to 69 games last year; the year before, he played in only 66. Of course, there's never sure a thing – anyone who drafted Chris Paul last year understands that fact all too well – and Anthony's still a big-time producer when healthy.
Anthony had a down fantasy season last year, posting four-year lows in scoring (22.8 ppg) and field-goal shooting (44.3%) while only playing in 66 games due to nagging injuries. The good news is that he exploded in an extended playoff run, getting his averages up to 27.2 points with 4.1 assists in 16 postseason appearances. Expect Anthony’s production this season to be more in line with those playoff averages, as that’s the track that he appeared to be on before the ill-fated Allen Iverson acquisition three seasons ago. Now that Anthony has gotten used to playing with new floor general Chauncey Billups, he should be able to return to the upper crust of NBA scorers. Anthony has always been a gifted 1-on-1 offensive player, using his big frame (6-8, 240 pounds) to dominate defensive wings in the post and a nice jab-step fake to open up his highly efficient midrange jumper. But he has the size and quick hands to contribute more on the glass and at the defensive end of the floor, and as he continues to get better as a distributor Anthony is becoming a more well-rounded roto performer. He’s also improved his long-range jumper (career high 1.0 treys/game on 37.1% shooting), and if he bumps those numbers up even slightly Anthony could join the elite.
Based on the offseason trade rumors – which had either Allen Iverson or Anthony getting shipped out in exchange for stronger defenders like Chauncey Billups and Tayshaun Prince – we were expecting a Phoenix Suns-style conversion of George Karl’s Nuggets. Instead, Denver traded its best defender, center Marcus Camby, to the Clippers for nothing in particular and will go into the season with the AI/Melo core intact. Bad for the won-loss record, perhaps, but good for fantasy players. Anthony’s scoring numbers and assists have dipped a bit since AI’s arrival, but his improvement in rebounding (7.4 rpg last season), threes (0.8 per game), shooting (49.2% from the field) and steals (1.3) – career highs, all – makes up for any lost value. Anthony has the size and strength to dominate most opposing threes in the post-up game, or use his shooting touch to face-up and can mid-range jumpers. It will be interesting to see if he logs many minutes at power forward – his position on the “Redeem Team” – this year. With Camby gone, Denver will be relying heavily on injury-prone players Kenyon Martin and Nene for big minutes in the frontcourt. Melo at the four could present a matchup nightmare.
Anthony’s 2006-07 was a tale of three seasons. There was the first third, when he was dominating. Then there was the melee at Madison Square Garden and the ensuing suspension. By the time he got back into the lineup, there was the struggle to mesh with new arrival Allen Iverson. With all that going on, it’s very hard to put a value on Anthony’s overall performance. Here’s what we do know: before the fight, he was topping 30 per game and seemed to be on his way to a scoring title. After the Iverson trade, his scoring average actually dropped a few points; the fact that he set a new career-high of 28.9 ppg is a testament to how well he was playing before that. Anthony will get drafted in an early round, on the strength of his name and his excellent performance in the FIBA Americas tournament – just make sure it’s not too early, as there are lots of comparable options at forward.
For the first two years of his career, Anthony showed he could score, but his poor shot selection kept him from being one of the league’s top scorers. Last year, that changed, as Anthony increased his scoring average from 20.8 to 26.5 ppg and did so while making 48.1% of his shots (43.1% in 2005). He also chipped in 4.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals and made 80.8% of his free throws (averaged 8.9 FT attempts a game). If his stellar play in the World Championships is any indication, Anthony is ready to become the leader of the Nuggets. With no true scorers around him in Denver, he’ll be forced to carry the scoring load for the Nuggets and looks ready for a breakout season.
Rumors have abounded over the summer that Anthony might get a shot at the SG position and that Karl was considering making him more of a “point” forward. If those rumors are true and Anthony gets the chance to handle the ball more it could end up making him more of a all-around fantasy threat and could push up his fantasy value considerably by virtue of the extra touches and the fact that he'd qualify as a G/F. As for now, however, he remains the Nugget's starting SF with a lot of good rebounders and assist guys already supplanted around him. Until his role changes he’s an adequate fantasy back-up at SF who will give you a lot of points (20-23), average rebounds (5-7), a few assists (2-4), a low FG%, a high FT%, minimal 3’s, and lots of style points almost every night he suits up.
Anthony definitely impressed many with his ability to adjust to the NBA game at such a young age last year but he's still very raw and needs to do some growing up. Anthony has a seemingly unlimited ceiling, but new more potent additions to the Nuggets offensive arsenal, playing in the Olympics, and a possible mini-sophmore slump may prevent him from building on last years amazing stat line. Anthony has to prove that he's willing to listen to coach Jeff Bzdelik and play within the Nuggets system. If he does his scoring average should remain around 20 ppg this season. The presence of Kenyon Martin will probably cut into his rebound totals but could help his assist totals. The bottom line is Anthony is still young and has huge upside. We'd be careful about expecting a better season than last and drafting him early, but if you're in a keeper league it will probably be worth it.
Despite his age Anthony will step right in and be one of the more productive small forwards in the NBA from day 1. He's big, quick, a solid ball handler, smart around the glass, and he can shoot. There's a chance he'll also see some time at SG and possibly PF if coach Bzdelik sees fit to try him out there. Very conservative estimates would be 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists a game in 30 minutes, but we're betting on more like 18 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals a night in 35+ minutes from the Nuggets new franchise player. P.S. - Don't be surprised if the ROY trophy is sitting in his study at years end instead of LeBron's!
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Ekes out double-double
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Scores 21 against Memphis
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