The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sunk a first-quarter free throw in Thursday's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to become the 50th player in NBA history with 19,000 career points. Anthony finished the blowout win with 29 points, bringing his career total to 19,014, good for 49th place on the NBA's all-time list.
Still only 29 years old, Anthony figures to climb that list in the coming years, and injuries are the only thing that keep him from a top-10 spot. Currently sitting in 10th place is the legendary Oscar Robertson, who retired in 1974 with 26,710 career points. The threshold will go higher as active players pass Robertson, but Anthony still shouldn't be deterred.
He's the fifth-youngest player to reach 19,000 points, and the guys ahead of him are Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James. Jordan (32,292 points), Bryant (31,700) and Chamberlain (31,419) rank third, fourth and fifth on the league's all-time scoring list, while James is likely headed for a top-five spot of his own. Anthony may not have the same reputation as those other players, but when the dust settles he'll likely be looking down at both Jordan and Chamberlain on the career points leader board.