Just days after Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James surpassed the 30,000-point mark, another member on his famed “banana boat” also made some noise on the NBA’s career scoring list.
It wasn’t Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul. As of Saturday night, he has 16,194 career points.
It wasn’t Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dwyane Wade, either. He has 21,782.
That leaves Carmelo Anthony.
Entering Saturday’s game against the Detroit Pistons with 24,983 points, Melo scored 21 points on 8-of-21 shooting, thus passing the 25,000-point threshold. He became the 21st player in league history to surpass 25,000 career points and is now third on the active player list behind LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki.
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In a statement issued through the NBA, commissioner Adam Silver said, “Congratulations to Carmelo on joining the 25,000-point club and for his remarkable scoring ability and consistency over 15 seasons.”
LeBron was quick to tweet out his congratulations.
Before the game, head coach Billy Donovan made quite the claim about his veteran forward.
“You look at 25,000 points — that’s a lot of points. And doing it on a nightly basis like he’s done is really remarkable,” Donovan said, per Michael Rothstein of ESPN. “He’ll go down as one of the greatest scorers this game has known, and I think the other part of it, too, is his willingness to be that kind of scorer for a good portion of his career and step into a team and in some ways adjust and change to provide our team what it needs, and he’s been a consummate professional and really good about that. So I hope, you know, and again I know maybe it hasn’t received a lot of attention, but it should because of what he’s done in the game of basketball.”
After the game, Anthony didn’t downplay how much it meant to him.
“It’s a very, very special, special moment. To try to downplay it, it’s a special moment,” Anthony admitted. “To kind of know what it took to get to this point and the amount of work that was put in to get to this point, the teammates that I’ve played with over the years, and for me to still be at a point in my career where I still have a lot more to go.”
Since he’s just 33 years old and seemingly has multiple years of productivity left, it appears as though Melo will have the opportunity to keep climbing up the all-time list, further cementing his place in the Hall of Fame.