Carmelo Anthony is coming off the bench for the Trail Blazers this season.
He has said he has come to terms with it and knows his role with the Trail Blazers will still be a big one.
He showed that in his first seven-minute stint of preseason basketball against the Sacramento Kings. Melo scored 12 points on 4-of-5 and a perfect 2-of-2 from three after coming off the bench.
But here’s the thing:
He was definitely the elder bench player showing the young players what’s up.
Melo was on the court with players who were all five years old and younger when he made his NBA debut in 2003.
Harry Giles was 5 years old.
Gary Trent Jr. was 4 years old.
Anfernee Simons was 4 years old.
CJ Elleby was 3 years old...
With this being Anthony’s 18th season in the league, the future Hall of Famer is already making the most of his new bench role.
Of course, being a mentor is something that Melo takes pride in at this point in his career.
As for the young Trail Blazers, they take pride in playing alongside a future Hall of Famer who also holds this list of accolades:
- 10x NBA All-Star
- 2x All-NBA Second Team recipient
- NBA scoring champ (2013)
- NBA All-Rookie first team (2004)
Not to mention, Melo’s steady climb on the NBA all-time scoring list -- Anthony is 18thon the list, currently chasing Tim Duncan for number 17. He entered Friday’s game 50 points behind Duncan.
It’s safe to say that the 36-year-old still has it and now he’ll lead the way off the bench for Portland this season.