In last night’s win against the Charlotte Hornets, Carmelo Anthony reached a rare career milestone just by making a three-pointer in the first quarter. That shot put Anthony in the 20,000 career points club. There are only 40 players in the history of the NBA to have reached this mark and currently there are only seven active players that are on that list.
Brett Pollakoff of ProBasketballTalk was at the game last night and asked Anthony about the milestone:
“It’s a humbling experience for me,” Anthony said. “I never thought that I would be sitting here talking about me scoring 20,000 points. I used to look, when I played with A. I. [Allen Iverson] back in Denver, I used to just look at him and see his stats and say, man, you’ve got like 20-something-thousand points, man. But I never thought I would be here talking about me actually reaching that milestone, so I’m definitely humbled by this experience.”
Those scoring numbers are almost always worthy of Hall of Fame induction, but Anthony wasn’t willing to go there just yet.
“It’s kind of hard to think about it like that,” he said. “When I’m done with this game and that time comes, we’ll see what happens. But it’s kind of hard there to put my mind there right now.”
We showed you the actual shot last night, but the NBA today released a highlight mix of all of Anthony’s milestones, which includes his first ever points to his 20,000th. Watch the video above to see how far Anthony has come since being drafted in 2003.