The legend of Carmelo Anthony continues to grow.
Thanks to quickening his pace with a Madison Square Garden/New York Knicks record 62-point outing against the Charlotte Bobcats, 'Melo put himself on track to break past the 19,000-point barrier. And with a a first-quarter free throw against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, he finally put himself into that ultra-exclusive, 19,000-point club.
Lately, Anthony has been on an absolute tear as a scorer, and Kevin Durant is the only player putting up points in greater volume during the 2013-14 season. But not even the Durantula can claim membership in the 19,000-point club.
Hell, K.D. is still waiting to hit 15,000.
Only 49 players have ever gotten into 'Melo's new club on the scoring leaderboard, per Basketball-Reference, and Anthony is now within striking distance of a few big names. Bernard King (19,655 career points) and John Stockton (19,711) aren't too far off, for example.
Over/under on Melo points tonight is 29.5.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 28, 2014
You know you've been lighting up scoreboards when the over/under for any game is set so close to 30. After all, that's a benchmark that—much like 19,000 points—few players reach at any stage of their career.
But that's 'Melo for ya.
It's also notable just how few players are ahead of the man who just keeps posting points at an elite rate—only nine—and LeBron James is the lone scoring stud who's younger than the 29-year-old 'Melo.
No matter how you look at it, this 19,000-point benchmark is undoubtedly impressive.
But it won't be the last time we celebrate the combined output of Anthony's shooting and scoring prowess. Far from it, in fact.