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Video:Profile of Carmelo Anthony

with Jamal Andress

Carmelo Anthony is known as a clutch performer on the court. Get a profile of the NBA career and an overview of the playing style of superstar Carmelo Anthony in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Profile of Carmelo Anthony

Hi I'm Jamal Andress for About.com and we're talking about NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo Anthony's Early Life

Carmelo Anthony was born in 1984 in Brooklyn, New York. After spending the first eight years of his life in the projects, Carmelo and his family moved to Baltimore. It would be sports that kept Anthony out of the drugs and violence in his neighborhood.

He attend Towson Catholic High School for three years and led them in state tournaments but failed to get a state title. Before his senior year, he had already declared he would attend Syracuse University. He transferred schools and moved to Virginia for his senior year due to falling grades. Carmelo was named a McDonald's All-American and the number one senior in the nation in 2002.

Carmelo Anthony at Syracuse

Carmelo only stayed in Syracuse for one year. But during that year, he averaged 22 points a game and 10 rebounds. He led the Orange to the NCAA Championship and won the Cuse's first title by beating the Kansas Jayhawks. In a Final Four game against Texas, Anthony dropped 33 points -- a tournament record for a freshman.

Carmelo is Drafted into the NBA

Carmelo declared for the 2003 NBA Draft and was taken as the third overall pick by the Denver Nuggets. In his rookie campaign, he scored 30 points in his sixth game -- becoming the second-youngest player ever to score 30. In February of the 2003-04 season, he became the third-youngest player to reach 1,000 career points. He led the Nuggets to the playoffs but they lost in the first round.

In March of 2006, Carmelo reached 5,000 career points -- and was the second-youngest to get there after LeBron James. The 06-07 season saw Anthony tie a franchise record for six consecutive 30-point games but he was later suspended for 15 games for being involved in a brawl with the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. In February of 2007, he recorded his first triple-double against the Phoenix Suns.

The Nuggets in the Conference Finals

Carmelo was finally named an All-Star starter in 07-08 and followed it up a few weeks later by scoring 49 points in a game against the Washington Wizards. And in March of that season, he reached 9,000 career points. The next season, he tied an NBA record for points in a quarter when he put down 33 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. That year, Carmelo and the Nuggets finally made it past the first round of the playoffs after beating the New Orleans Hornets -- and went even further by then beating the Dallas Mavericks before losing to the Lakers in the conference finals.

Carmelo Goes to NY

In February of 2011, Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks. In his first game, he scored 27 points with 10 rebounds.

Carmelo Anthony's Playing Style

Carmelo is a small forward who can play power forward when needed. He excels in creating space with defenders allowing for jump shots or drives down the lane. He is also well-known as a clutch performer, having made five game-winning shots in the 05-06 season alone.

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