Carmelo Anthony last played for the Los Angeles Lakers. In the year August 6, 2021 The 10-time All-Star signed a one-year deal with the team.
Last season, in 69 games, the 19-year-old veteran averaged 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal per game. He also shot 44.1% from the field and 37.5% from 3-point range.
In his season debut on October 19, 2021, Anthony finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in the Lakers’ 121–114 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
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Five days later, in the Lakers’ 121–118 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, he moved into ninth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, ahead of Moses Malone. Anthony finished with 28 points.
Of course, on November 8th, Anthony put up a season-high 29 points against the Charlotte Hornets. The Lakers won 126-123 in overtime at the Staples Center.
In the year January 28, 2022 In the Lakers’ 117-114 loss to the Hornets, the forward scored 19 points. He became the ninth player in NBA history to reach 28,000 points.
Should the Lakers re-sign Carmelo Anthony?
So why should the Lakers re-sign an aging forward? Yes, Anthony can still contribute at a high level. Under head coach Darwin Hamm, the team now has a chance to start fresh. You should give him at least one more chance. After all, injuries are inevitable.
According to NBA Insider Zach Buckley, if Lakers GM Rob Pelinka gets the chance to re-sign Anthony, the decision may bite him. What if the Bulls, Suns, Heat or Celtics bring it? The Suns still have one more roster spot open.
“The Lakers have increased their youth and athleticism around this offseason, but they could stand to add more shots,” Buckley explained.
“Or rather, keep the shooting they already have. Carmelo Anthony has shown there’s more in the tank (at least on the offensive end) now for the 38-year-old.”
“Last season, he was fifth on the Lakers in scoring (13.3 points per game), third in three-pointers (2.2) and fourth in rebounds (3.6).”
In the 2019-20 season, the Lakers won with Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and other players under head coach Frank Vogel.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 NBA playoffs have been strange. Fans thought the Lakers were at their best in the Orlando bubble. And it’s a hard point to argue.
However, with the help of Kyle Kuzma, Rodo and Howard, the Lakers were able to play their best basketball that season. Anthony Davis has stayed healthy. Disadvantages are important factors to consider.
Not to mention, it remains to be seen whether or not the front office made the right decision to trade Russell Westbrook.
Without Kuzma, Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Talen Horton-Tucker, the Lakers’ bench wasn’t the same last season. Hamm moving Anthony off the bench might be the best move for the team. As a starter or bench player, his forehand will improve.