New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony is now the most decorated American men’s basketball player of all-time in the Olympics after capturing another gold medal in the 2016 Rio Games. In his fourth — and what he says his final — Olympics, Melo broke many Team USA records.
SHATTERING TEAM USA RECORDS IN RIO:
- GOLD MEDALS / TOTAL MEDALS: With this gold medal, Carmelo becomes the only American men’s basketball player to win three golds in the Olympics. He previously won gold medals in 2012 and 2008, as well as a bronze medal in 2004. No other men’s basketball player has won four medals of any kind for Team USA.
- REBOUNDS: Carmelo grabbed seven boards in the gold medal-clinching victory over Serbia to just get past David Robinson’s all-time Team USA record. Anthony started the 2016 Olympics 4th on the rebounds list, but his 42 boards in the eight games in Rio put him at the top with 125.
- POINTS: Melo became Team USA’s all-time leading scorer at the Olympics with a game-high 31 points in a win over Australia in the group stage. He surpassed both David Robinson (270) and LeBron James (273) in that game to take over the top spot. Anthony contributed seven points in the gold medal game and scored 97 in the eight contests in Rio (12.1 ppg) and 336 in his Olympic career (10.8 ppg).
- GAMES: Carmelo passed LeBron James and David Robinson’s mark of 24 for most games played for Team USA after appearing in the second game of these Olympics. Carmelo now holds the record with 31 Olympic games played for Team USA.
MELO’S OLYMPIC CAREER BY THE NUMBERS:
- 20 — The age that Melo made his Olympic debut with Team USA. He played his first game on Aug. 14, 2004, against Puerto Rico at the Athens Games.
- 4 — Melo is the first American men’s basketball player to make four appearances in the Olympics after playing in 2004 (Athens), 2008, (Beijing), 2012 (London) and 2016 (Rio) games.
- 8 — Melo wore the No. 8 jersey in 2004 but has worn No. 15 in the last three Olympics.
- 57 — He is the USA Basketball all-time leader in three-pointers made with 57 (18 made three-pointers this year). Kobe Bryant is 2nd on the list with 34 treys.
- 37 — Carmelo holds the individual game record for most points scored (37 vs. Nigeria on 8/2/12). He also owns the individual game records for most three-pointers made (10 vs. Nigeria on 8/2/12) and most free throws made (13 vs. Argentina on 8/22/08).
- 16.3 — His points per game average at 2012 Olympics in London, the best of his Olympic career. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists while shooting 53.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.