Carmelo Anthony is one of the most popular and talented active basketball players in the NBA today. He is considered to be the greatest rival of Lebron James because of their rivalry that started since they are still in high school until now in the NBA. Carmelo Anthony doesn’t have a championship ring unlike James, but he already proved to all the NBA fans that he can carry a team on his back going to the playoffs. He is so popular that he was the 4th most popular NBA player today, according to ESPN’s World Fame 100 Rankings.

Because of his popularity, it’s just right if we try to know more about Carmelo Anthony by enumerating some important and interesting facts about him. These important facts are all listed below.carmelo-anthony

  1. His full name is Carmelo Kyam Anthony and was born in May 29, 1984 in Brooklyn, New York.
  2. Carmelo Anthony was born and raised in the US thus making him as an American but his father was a Puerto Rican. This makes him a half Puerto Rican.
  3. He has a listed height of 6’8” and listed weight of 240 lbs.
  4. Anthony attended Towson Catholic but later transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
  5. He then went to Syracuse University in College but decided to enter the NBA draft after his 1st year at this University.
  6. Carmelo entered the 2003 NBA draft and got selected as the 3rd overall pick by the Denver Nuggets.
  7. He played for the Denver Nuggets for 8 straight seasons, but got traded to the New York Knicks in 2011.
  8. Anthony has been an NBA All-Star for nine seasons already since 2007.
  9. Carmelo Anthony had been supporting several charities and some of these are under his name like the Carmelo Anthony Foundation and the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center.
  10. He was married to La La Anthony in 2010 and they have only one child.
  11. There are no evidences on this yet, but it was reported that Carmelo Anthony is afraid of cats.
  12. He is closed to Michael Jordan.
  13. Carmelo Anthony’s favorite basketball players are Michael Jordan and Julius Erving.
  14. He may be tall, but he can’t palm a basketball, a very rare characteristic of a basketball player having a 6’8” height.
  15. Anthony’s salary this year in the NBA is $24.56 million.
  16. He only played one season in College but he still holds the record of the most Big East Rookie of the Week Award. Carmelo won this award for 10 times.
  17. In 2008, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame named Carmelo Anthony its professional athlete of the year.
  18. His father died when he was 2 years old because of liver failure.
  19. He was suspended in 2006 for 15 straight games because of the brawl with his future team, New York Knicks.
  20. He represented the USA 6-times already in the World Tournaments and being able to win the gold 4-times.