NBA First Half Awards
With the season just over halfway done, let's look at the major awards. Feel free to disagree but it's James Hardens world right now and we're just living in it.
Carmelo Anthony may have played his last NBA game. Some league executives reportedly feel the 34-year-old’s career is finished, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
After appearing in just 10 games for the Houston Rockets this season, the two sides agreed to “part ways.” He signed for the veteran’s minimum in the offseason after being bought out by the Atlanta Hawks, who are required to pay him roughly $26.8 million this year.
Hoping to help the Rockets reclaim their elite status in the Western Conference, Anthony looked out of sorts as a reserve and the team played far worse with him on the court. The Rockets had a net rating of minus-9.0 with Anthony on the floor and plus-1.8 with him off the court. He averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest, shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from three-point territory.
While Anthony agreed to play off the bench, he made it clear to Houston team officials that he still wanted a prominent role. His unwillingness to accept a limited bench role—one that was more suitable to his fading skillset—helped ease Houston’s decision to cut ties with him.
Anthony’s lack of commitment defensively—a consistent knock on him throughout his career—was the primary reason Houston abruptly ended the experiment with the forward. While he still is technically on the Rockets roster, he is no longer with the team, and so far, the Rockets have not found any interested trade parties. Listening to what Windhorst had to say, the Rockets are unlikely to ever find an NBA team interested in Anthony’s services.
The fall from grace for Anthony is extraordinary. He is a 10-time All-Star who made six All-NBA teams, won the scoring title in 2012-13 with the New York Knicks and ranks 19th all-time in scoring. But it looks as if the 16-year veteran is finished in the NBA, as the only offer he recently received came from Puerto Rico's national team.