How much is Carmelo Anthony worth?
|Net Worth:||$150 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Basketball Player|
|Date of Birth:||May 29, 1984 (age 38)|
|Country:||United States of America|
|Height:||6 ft 7 in (2.03 m)|
About Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Kyam Anthony was born in 1984. A member of the iconic 2003 NBA draft, he is one of the two only remaining players who are still in the league, the other being LeBron James. In his first two years playing basketball in the league, Carmelo Anthony earned more than $50 million from the NBA, not counting endorsements.
Since then he’s earned even more with an estimated $136 million from the New York Knicks and another estimated $53 million from the Denver Nuggets. Even today in his older career playing for the Portland Trail Blazers he still commands a salary of an estimated $2.3 million on top of his endorsements which earn him an estimated $10 million to $30 million per year.
Life was not easy for Carmelo Anthony growing up. His father died when he was still a 2-year-old child. When he and his mother moved to Baltimore, where she found work, Carmelo experienced what urban hell really looks like.
From the age of 12, he said that he was in “constant danger” and has seen many of his childhood friends succumb to drugs, violence and murder. It was the determination to avoid such a fate that helped him hone his focus on the success in sports, particularly basketball. He was a good basketball player from the start, but when he grew five inches in his junior year in high school, he was suddenly became an unstoppable scorer. College coaches quickly started to take note and shortly after was recruited.
He moved to the famous Oak Hill Academy when he was a senior in high school. During his time there, the school went on a 43 game long winning streak. During his senior year in high school, he averaged 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. He even outplayed LeBron James in a game.
Unlike many of the prospects in Oak Hill Academy, Carmelo Anthony decided to attend college and avoid the prep-to-pro route, like some other players before him, have made, like Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O’Neal or Kobe Bryant. He ended up attending Syracuse University which he later gifted $3 million dollars to for a new basketball practice facility when he became successful in his career. Not to mention another $1.5 million to the Living Classrooms Foundation in 2006.
Anthony had an amazing, perfect season during his time at Syracuse. He averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds in his only season. His performance during the season led his team to the finals where they defeated Kansas, Carmelo Anthony scoring his average of 22 points and he grabbed 10 rebounds. He won every player of the year award he could and entered the 2003 draft, full of future greats, such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, but also featured one of the biggest busts in NBA draft history, Darko Milicic.
While Carmelo Anthony has been famous among basketball fans since the draft, he began to become much better known by his dominating performances under the Nuggets. Yet it was only when he became a force to be reckoned with in the Knicks did he reach global recognition and become a household name.
Carmelo Anthony was selected as the second pick in the 2003 NBA draft, right behind LeBron James. The NBA team that drafted him was the Denver Nuggets. He would spend 8 years of his career playing for that franchise. From his first season onwards it became clear that the NBA had gotten an incredible, almost unstoppable scorer. With his help, the Nuggets were able to turn from one of the worst teams in the league to a playoff team. Carmelo became only the second best players after David Robinson, who was a leading scorer on a playoff team as a rookie.
From his third season with the team, he would establish himself as a top 10 to top 5 scorers in the league, averaging more than 25 points per game in multiple seasons. But the Denver Nuggets could not make the push and win the NBA title. Carmelo, and his wife Lala especially, wanted to be in a bigger city, a bigger market. That is why the Denver Nuggets traded him in February of 2011 to the New York Knicks.
The Knicks were always a famous team, but with little success. With Anthony as their go-to scorer, the Knicks were able to go into the playoffs for a couple of seasons. But a title chance never really materialized for them. But he did lead them past the Boston Celtics in the 2013 playoffs. That first-round victory was the first playoff win in 13 years for the New York Knicks.
As his career came closer and closer to its twilight, and he started to decrease as a player and scorer, Carmelo Anthony moved from team to team, hoping to finally win a ring. The first of those teams was OKC. Afterwards, he had an episode with the Houston Rockets, but due to his limited defensive abilities and uncharacteristically poor three-point shooting season, he was borderline unplayable. He is currently the member of the Portland Trailblazers, with a few 30 point games under his belt as a rotation player for the Blazers.
Enormous basketball talent combined with a growth spurt in junior year and the will and focus to shut off everything negative him has led to his success. Always a talented shooter and scorer he became one of the most dominant high school players once he grew those five inches and became a 6 foot 6 inches swingman. He grew even more in college and dominated like never before. While he never won a title in the NBA, he did manage to do so with Syracuse in his one and only season in college.
The neighborhoods in which he had grown up with were full of danger. He has seen numerous childhood friends die or be broken by the ways of drugs and violence. But he was able to ignore all that and shift his focus into his basketball career. That hard work and focus that never faltered, were richly rewarded later in life. During his NBA career, Carmelo Anthony has earned an estimated $260 million dollars total.
The story of Carmelo Anthony’s rise to NBA stardom is similar to a few stories in the NBA. A talented kid grows up in horrible dangerous circumstances. His father dies when he was only 2 and his mother worked like hell to provide for him. But due to his focus, work ethic and talent, he was able to wrestle away from the potential fate of drug overdoses or gang war violence turning himself into one of the best NBA players of the last 20 years instead. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, for Carmelo Anthony, that light was basketball and he was able to bask in it wholeheartedly.