Carmelo Anthony became the United States' highest-scoring men's player in the Olympics on Wednesday.
With 31 points in a 98-88 win over Australia, Anthony brought his overall total to 293 points, passing LeBron James (273 points):
The New York Knicks star entered the game in third place after leapfrogging Michael Jordan in Team USA's 113-69 win over Venezuela on Monday. Below are the top five U.S. scorers of all time at the Olympics:
|Top Five Scorers for Team USA at the Olympics|
|Pos.||Player||Total Points||Olympic Years|
|1||Carmelo Anthony||293||2004, 2008, 2012, 2016|
|2||LeBron James||273||2004, 2008, 2012|
|3||David Robinson||270||1988, 1992, 1996|
|4||Michael Jordan||256||1984, 1992|
|5||Charles Barkley||231||1992, 1996|
Anthony isn't one of the first names that comes to mind when thinking of the best national team stars in U.S. history, but the numbers speak for themselves. The 32-year-old has been a fixture for Team USA for over a decade, so his name is all over the U.S. record book:
|Carmelo Anthony—Olympic Stat-Stuffer|
|Made Field Goals||93||2nd|
|Made Free Throws||46||2nd|
Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel thought Anthony's Olympic numbers at least warranted an interesting discussion:
It would be fair to label Anthony's NBA career a relative disappointment so far in that he has failed to match the team success fellow 2003 draftees James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have enjoyed.
Looking at the bigger picture, though, only a select few match Anthony's achievements in the game. He was a national champion in his only year with the Syracuse Orange, and he'll be a three-time Olympic gold medalist should Team USA fulfill expectations. That's in addition to his nine All-Star appearances, two All-NBA second-team and four All-NBA third-team honors.
Even if he never wins an NBA title, Anthony will be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame after he retires from the game.