3 Reasons why Carmelo Anthony's NBA career could be over

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Modified 13 Dec 2018, 12:09 IST

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Carmelo Anthony's spell with the Rockets lasted 10 games

The general consensus among basketball experts is that Carmelo Anthony is certain to be a future Hall of Famer. Anthony is not only one of the best NBA scorers of all-time but is also one of the best players to grace the NBA since the turn of the century.

Despite Anthony's reputation as being one of the best players of the last decade, the 34-year-olds value has declined greatly over the last 18 months. Since leaving the Knicks in 2017, Anthony has been deemed surplus to requirements by three different teams.

Firstly, things didn't work out for Melo in Oklahoma, as the team traded the player after just one year. His season with the Thunder was statistically the worst of his career and Anthony's time in OKC culminated with him being benched for large periods of the playoff series against the Jazz.

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Melo was traded to the Atlanta Hawks at the end of the season, although the franchise had no interest in the former All-Star and immediately bought the player out. Anthony quickly signed a $2.4 million veterans minimum contract with the Rockets, but his stint in Houston lasted just 10 games.

Melo is currently without a team, and a report this week claimed that NBA executives believe that Anthony's career in the league is over. Here we will look at the three reasons why the 10-time All-Star may have played his final game in the NBA.

#3 No Defense

Carmelo Anthony struggled on defense with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season
Carmelo Anthony struggled on defense with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season

Carmelo Anthony is still capable of dropping 20 points on any given night, although his defensive ability has proved to be a constant liability for his team.

During his lone season in Oklahoma, the team was significantly worse defensively whenever Anthony was on the court. Anthony's lack of defensive skills was also a major factor in the Rockets decision to part ways with the player after just 10 games.


Reports have claimed that teams will not take 10-time All-Star on due to his defensive shortcomings, and it seems that franchises are no longer willing to overlook Anthony's defensive frailties.

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Published 06 Dec 2018, 19:55 IST
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