Thanks to a 22-point effort against the Mavericks on Friday, Trail Blazers forward and former Knick Carmelo Anthony became just the 18th player in NBA history to score 26,000 points in his career.
After playing just 10 games for the Rockets in 2018-19, Anthony has found a new life in Portland, averaging 16.5 points in more than 31 minutes per game. Shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three-point range, his efficiency has returned to the levels it was at towards the end of his run of 10 straight All-Star Game appearances.
While the volume of shots has gone down, the 35-year-old has certainly shown he still has the ability to do what he always has, knock down open looks.
It's been a great January for Anthony, who knocked down a game-winning shot against the defending-champion Raptors on Jan. 7, two of his 28 points in the contest. Since then, he's collected a pair of double-doubles, a 19-point, 11-rebound effort against the Bucks on Jan. 11 and an 18-point, 12-rebound game against the Rockets on Jan. 15.
Anthony now sits just 57 points behind Kevin Garnett for 17th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. If he maintains his current pace this season, it's possible he could leapfrog not just Garnett, but John Havlicek, Paul Pierce and Tim Duncan to slide into the top 15.
Among active players, only LeBron James has scored more points than Anthony in their NBA career.