Knicks' Carmelo Anthony Passes John Stockton for 40th on All-Time Scoring List

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Knicks' Carmelo Anthony Passes John Stockton for 40th on All-Time Scoring List
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony recently passed retired Utah Jazz guard John Stockton to take hold of 40th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

Anthony, who has 19,791 career points heading into Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns, passed Stockton (19,711) in Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, before tacking on another 65 points in two games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

With the Knicks barely hanging on in the playoff hunt, their star forward's consistent scoring has been one of the few positive storylines out of New York this season. While he still takes criticism for the team's struggles, Anthony has not let the chaos affect his stat line.

After averaging 28.7 points on 44.9 percent shooting in 2012-13, Anthony is at 28.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting this season, with only 10 games remaining. Barring a drastic slump or hot streak, his season-long numbers should be nearly identical to what he finished with last year.

Looking forward, the Knicks have some serious problems to address, and there's no guarantee that hiring Phil Jackson as team president will be enough to keep Anthony around. The superstar forward can opt out of his contract after the season, and he'll likely do just that, whether or not he intends to leave the Knicks.

Regardless of where Anthony ends up—and that will likely be New York—his climb up the all-time scoring list figures to continue at a rapid pace. He'll likely hit 20,000 this season, as he needs just 20.9 points per game over his final 10 contests to reach the mark.

Next up on the NBA's scoring list are Antawn Jamison (20,042), Tom Chambers (20,049) and Mitch Richmond (20,497). Anthony has a shot to topple Jamison and Chambers by season's end, but the gap of 448 points between Chambers and Richmond means that the Knicks star won't jump any higher than 38th place before the end of 2013-14.

When all is said and done, Anthony will retire as one of the top 10 scorers in NBA history. The real question then, is whether his top-10 scoring resume will come with an NBA title?

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