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Lakers' Carmelo Anthony Passes Moses Malone for 9th on NBA's All-Time Scoring List

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVOctober 25, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Golden State Warriors on October 19, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, 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 License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Lakers star Carmelo Anthony moved into ninth place on the all-time scoring chart with a three-pointer in the third quarter Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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The 37-year-old trailed Hall of Famer Moses Malone by 14 points entering the game.

Anthony is a virtual lock for the Hall of Fame; Basketball Reference lists his probability at 98.4 percent based on historical precedent. This week, he also earned a spot on the NBA's 75th anniversary team.

The absence of a championship remains glaring, especially when comparing his resume to other legends of the game. Perhaps the 10-time All-Star can cross that achievement off his career checklist with Los Angeles.

But Sunday's benchmark is another reminder of how Anthony is not just one of the greatest scorers of his generation but also one of the best ever in the NBA.