For the first time since 2017, Carmelo Anthony was back in New York City, this time as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Since joining the Blazers, Anthony has been a nice sparkplug for a team that was and still is underachieving in the Western Conference. Last year, the Blazers went to the Western Conference Finals, where they were dismantled by the Golden State Warriors in four games.
Once Anthony joined the Blazers, the team enjoyed some moderate success, but have since came back to reality and are currently the ninth seed in the Western Conference standings.
But on Wednesday night, Anthony returned to Madison Square Garden to go against his former team. He scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 117-93 loss. In his seven seasons as a Knick, Anthony averaged 24.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while being an all-star in all seven seasons. During that seven-year time span, only Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony scored at least 21 points per game every season.
Melo was truly a force, and one of the best scorers of his generation and of all-time.
But what went wrong?
Well, for starters, Anthony forced a midseason trade from the Denver Nuggets to the Knicks in the 2010-2011 season. In the trade, the Knicks traded all their young assets and draft picks to acquire Anthony, placing an obvious limitation on how much help the organization could give Anthony. Luckily for Anthony, the Knicks were able to acquire other talented players, such as Amar’e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith.
Even with a competent supporting cast around him, Anthony only won one playoff series during his seven-year tenue with the Knicks. In his career, one that stretches 17 seasons now, Anthony has only won three total playoff series.