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Carmelo Anthony: Greatest player in U.S. Olympic basketball history?

Carmelo Anthony has nearly 300 reasons why he has cemented himself as the greatest scorer in Team USA’s glorious basketball history. Which leads to the question; is Anthony not only the best scorer, but also the best player ever to lace up for the red,white and blue?


Carmelo Anthony started burning up the Olympic scoreboard in 2004 and has not let off the gas since then. photo| Fox Sports

In USA’s 113-69 win over Venezuela on Monday, Anthony reached 262 points for his Olympic career, passing Michael Jordan (256) for third on the all-time USA Olympic scoring list.

Anthony stamped his name in the record books once again in a 98-88 victory over Australia on Wednesday. In a 31-point effort, Anthony became the all-time leading scorer in U.S. Olympic basketball history. Anthony’s 293 points moved him past David Robinson (270) and LeBron James (273).

Anthony was a long-range sniper against Australia, going 9-of-15 from three-point range. His three-point barrage came as no surprise, as Anthony is the all-time Olympic leader in three-point field goals made (35). Anthony also holds records for most points in a single Olympic game (37) and most games played for Team USA (26).

Anthony has not won an NBA championship in his entire 13-year career. However, the 32-year-old forward has tasted victory quite a bit as a Olympic athlete. He won a bronze medal in his first stint with Team USA in the 2004 Olympics and won gold in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

In an interview with ESPN at the Rio Olympics, Anthony briefly spoke on his decorative Olympic career.

“I can look back on it when my career is over — if I don’t have an NBA championship ring — and say I had a great career.”

Anthony still has two preliminary games and the medal round to improve on his impressive Olympic resume. USA faces Serbia today at 6 p.m. ET. Then, USA will face France on Sunday before the quarterfinals start on August 17.

If USA wins the gold medal in Rio, Anthony will become the only player in U.S. Olympic basketball history to win three gold medals. Nobody, not even a member of the 1992 “Dream Team”, Kobe Bryant or LeBron has won three gold medals.

Not bad for a guy who has never won an NBA title.


Information from CBS Sports, Basketball Reference and USAB.com were used in this report.







One comment on “Carmelo Anthony: Greatest player in U.S. Olympic basketball history?

  1. […] winning gold is better than a championship. However, in a separate interview with ESPN last week, Anthony did express his satisfaction with Olympic gold because he could “look back on it when my career is over — if I don’t have an NBA […]

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