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Carmelo returned to the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers and made the most of this opportunity to get back into the league. The 35-year-old veteran earned a fully-guaranteed deal for the rest of the 2019/20 NBA season. The question is: Is this Carmelo better than the one who was cut in the Houston Rockets after 10 games?
0??0??7?? pic.twitter.com/dJdGjKkZ1j— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) December 9, 2019
Now that Carmelo Anthony reached the 10-game mark with the Blazers, here is a statistical comparison to the 10 games he played in Houston, before being released:
29.4 MPG | 13.4 PPG | 5.4 RPG | 0.5 APG | 0.8 TOV | 40.5% FG% | 32.8% 3P%
31.8 MPG | 15.9 PPG | 5.8 RPG | 1.5 APG | 2.1 TOV | 40.8% FG% | 35.9% 3p%
The only stats Carmelo Anthony is improving slightly is on his points and assists per game. One stat that saw a negative impact was his turnovers per game, which increased from 0.8 per game in Houston to 2.1 per game in Portland.
Regarding his shooting percentages, Carmelo is averaging more attempts per game in Portland, maintaining almost the same percentage of success (around 40%). Carmelo is averaging around 6.0 from 14.7 from the field today, while in Houston he averaged 4.9 from 12.1. Regarding his 3P%, they are slightly better today compared to the times in Houston. Carmelo is 1.4 from 3.9 attempts today from behind the arc, compared to the 2.1 in 6.4 attempts performed in Houston.
Carmelo Anthony has been named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week. pic.twitter.com/rWP72V5p0F— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 2, 2019
Carmelo was already named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week in this short time with the Blazers, while the team has a 4-6 record since he joined the franchise. The Blazers are 12th in Western Conference with an overall record of 9-15, 2 games behind the last playoff spot.
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