Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony: More Than Just a Series Won

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IMay 2, 2009

DENVER - APRIL 29:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets looks on during a break in the action against the New Orleans Hornets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Anthony had a game high 34 points as the Nuggets defeated the Hornets 107-86 to advance to the Conference Semifinals against Dallas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, April 29, the Denver Nuggets did something that has not been done for their franchise in the last 15 years.

They won their first playoff series since 1994.

For the Nuggets organization and every die-hard fan, this series was much more than just an advancement to the next round, especially for their starting forward Carmelo Anthony. 

After being acquired during the sensational '03 NBA draft, 'Melo had the pressure on his shoulders of competing and exceeding young stars like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

But after Wade won his first championship title in '06 and James fell just short of capturing the trophy in the finals during the '07 playoffs, Melo was left with absolutely nothing to show for his true value—not even a first-round playoff victory.

With a new and revitalized Denver Nuggets roster, Anthony has finally gotten the opportunity to capture his first round playoff series victory since coming into the league in '03.

The Nuggets will now face up against Sixth Man of the Year Jason Terry and the Dallas Mavericks squad, with home-court advantage on Denver's side.

If all goes as predicted, the Nuggets will get a rare chance to match up against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

With an extremely aggressive defense, up tempo offense, and remarkable three-point shooting, the Nuggets can truly make amazing happen during the playoffs this season.

Once the Nuggets get past the Mavericks, fans can start to dream about the incredible possibilities of making it all the way to the Finals...they will just have to pass the big and bad Los Angeles Lakers.