Carmelo Anthony is a Hall of Famer. Well, not yet, but he will be based on the resume he has built over his 17 years (and counting) in the NBA.
Over those 17 years of All-Star performances, he has been continually linked to one player: LeBron James.
Anthony and James came into the 2003 NBA Draft as two of the most hyped prospects ever. James was jumping to the NBA straight out of high school, while Anthony had just led his Syracuse squad to a National Championship.
James would be drafted No.1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Anthony would go No.3 to the Denver Nuggets. The rest, they say, is history.
Over his 17-year career, Anthony has played in 1,199 games, a breakdown of 1,122 regular season and 77 playoff games.
His rival of sorts, LeBron James, has played 1,265 regular-season and 244 playoff games in that same time.
That is a total of 2,708 games between the two.
But the number that means the most between them: 45
That is how many times the two have taken the court against one another. 35 times in the regular season, and 10 times in the playoffs.
LeBron holds the edge with a 29-16 record against Melo, but every time they meet is just a chance to write another page to their storied history.
LeBron and the Lakers matched up with Melo and the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs this season. After dispatching Portland in five games, King James took to social to show how much he respects his friend Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony stated after his team's Game 5 loss that there is no question he intends to return for an 18th season in 2020-21. Hopefully, it's with the Blazers so we can watch more of these Melo-LeBron stories be written in our own backyard.
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