The Houston Rockets took on the Oklahoma City Thunder in what seemed like a regular season game in a young NBA season. This game would end up being much more significant to Carmelo Anthony; as that game may end up being his last in the NBA.
That game was far from a nail biter — as the Rockets ended up losing by 18 points. Carmelo Anthony shot a not-so-impressive 1-for-11 from the field, ending the game with 2 points on 9% shooting from the floor. Far from ideal.
Anthony was certainly not a great fit with his prior team in the Oklahoma City Thunder. You can also say the same towards the end of his tenure with the rebuilding New York Knicks. It seems like Anthony has had the misfortune of not being in the right situations.
However, while you can place blame on the situations Melo has been in, you can put equal blame on Anthony himself. Father time has caught up with him, and he has not recognized that. He literally laughed at the idea of coming off the bench, and seems unwilling to sacrifice the spotlight for the betterment of the team.
We’ve seen something similar to this with the likes of Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady. Some superstars can’t adapt to being a role player and extending their NBA careers. Players like Vince Carter or even Dirk Nowitizki are rare in some cases.
Carmelo Anthony’s trainer recently came out and expressed that Anthony simply wants a farewell tour, similar to what Dwyane Wade had the previous season. So, is Melo’s career really toast? Are there any teams that are willing to grant him a final NBA wish?
Let’s dive into some situations that Carmelo may be interested in joining. It’s obvious at this point that he would want a winning situation to have a realistic chance of winning a ring. Time to list some possible contending teams for Anthony.
Los Angeles Clippers
It’s incredibly unlikely the Clippers even bat an eye at adding Carmelo Anthony to their roster. The Clips have arguably the best bench in the entire NBA as of right now, and plenty of scoring options. The team is probably in the market for a playmaker — if anything — and Carmelo is far from that.
The Bucks are an interesting situation that has never been mentioned alongside Carmelo Anthony’s name. The team is always looking for shooters to place around Giannis Antetokounmpo, and shooting is one thing Melo can still do. He’s been an effective three point shooter in his career, averaging a respectable 35% from three over his entire career.
Carmelo Anthony is a player who has always been favorable of bigger markets — as we saw with his departure from Denver — but at this point in his career, his options are limited. The Bucks have a solid chance of making the NBA Finals and are definitely an appealing team.
The Sixers are an interesting situation to consider. The team got much deeper with free agency and the draft, and are loaded at the wing positions. Simmons, Richardson, Harris, Thybulle, Smith, Ennis, Korkmaz, and Milton are all capable of getting minutes there.
While the Sixers are a deep team, the bench may have some trouble scoring. While there are a multitude of defensive options, they lack a consistent shot creator off the bench. This is a place Melo could seriously thrive if he was willing to take a role.
The Philadelphia 76ers look like the team to beat in the East, and there is no doubt Carmelo Anthony would be interested in joining the team. Is it likely the Sixers share mutual interest?
The Boston Celtics had the rare issue last season of having too much talent. There was a constant problem with guys not willing to accept a limited role. Marcus Smart went on air and even admitted that multiple players have that problem.
It’s not a debate; the Celitcs had a dysfunctional season. It’s unlikely that Danny Ainge or the entire franchise wants to risk repeating that mistake by adding Carmelo Anthony.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are a team that have been in consistent rumors with Carmelo, but it’s unlikely he will actually go there. Yes, there is a major connection with his friend LeBron James, but the franchise reportedly isn’t sharing a mutual interest, per Shams Charania.
There just aren’t many — if any at all — situations for him and his career going forward. His Houston Rocket stint may have killed the remaining life of his NBA career. He was used as their scapegoat for the stalling team.
In my eyes, Carmelo Anthony’s career has likely come to a close. Anthony is/was a great player, but he appears to be unwilling to take a smaller role that teams would ask of him at this point in his career.
Carmelo Anthony is in a predicament, to say the least. His name carries a ton of weight, and for good reason. He’s a first ballot Hall of Famer and has done amazing things for the NBA as a league. Unfortunately for Melo, it’s 2019 and he simply isn’t the player he used to be. He’s a big fish in a drying pond, that’s just simply unwilling to adapt.