Carmelo Anthony Becomes 5th Active NBA Player with 23,000 Career Points

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 9: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks brings the ball up court during the game against the Sacramento Kings on December 9, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. 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 Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony became the fifth active NBA player to score 23,000 points Friday during the first half of his team's game against the Sacramento Kings, according to NBA TV on Twitter

The 32-year-old joined Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter in the prestigious club. Anthony also became the 29th player in NBA history to hit the scoring milestone.  

Fresh off an eight-point performance in the Knicks' 126-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, Anthony erupted for 23 points in the first half. 

And based on the way he's scored the ball this year, Anthony should continue to climb the NBA's all-time scoring list and make more history as the season progresses. 

Entering Friday night, Anthony led the Knicks in scoring at 22.4 points per game on 43.6 percent shooting from the field and 34.4 percent shooting from three—marks that are all superior to the ones he posted last season. 

Broken down further, Anthony is shooting 48.8 percent on catch-and-shoot attempts, including a stellar 45.3 percent on catch-and-shoot threes.  

Not surprisingly, Anthony's percentile on all spot-up plays is 88.2 thanks to his silky stroke from the perimeter. 

So while Anthony may be chided at times for holding the ball too long and stalling the offense, his ability to take over games and stabilize the Knicks' offensive attack can't be taken for granted as he continues to climb some of the NBA's most distinguished scoring lists. 

         

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com