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Carmelo Anthony Becomes Top Scorer in US Olympic Men's Basketball History

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2016

United States' Carmelo Anthony (15) signals ager make a score against Venezuela during a men's basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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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):

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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.PlayerTotal PointsOlympic Years
1Carmelo Anthony2932004, 2008, 2012, 2016
2LeBron James2732004, 2008, 2012
3David Robinson2701988, 1992, 1996
4Michael Jordan2561984, 1992
5Charles Barkley2311992, 1996
Source: TeamUSA.org

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
StatNumberRank
Games261st
Points2931st
Made Field Goals932nd
Made Three-Pointers511st
Made Free Throws462nd
Rebounds1012nd
Source: TeamUSA.org

Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel thought Anthony's Olympic numbers at least warranted an interesting discussion:

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Carmelo Anthony now USA all-time leading scorer en route to 3 golds and 1 bronze. Greatest Olympic Basketball Player ever? Discuss:

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.

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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.

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