Carmelo Anthony: The Charles Barkley of his generation?Carmelo Anthony didn’t picture his NBA career going in this direction when he was drafted 3rd overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. Anthony has emerged as one of the most well-known and popular players in the league.

He was named to the All-Rookie team, to the All-Star team five times and to the All-NBA team five times. Anthony led the Nuggets to two division titles and to the playoffs every year from 2004 to 2010. In 2009, he helped the Nuggets advance to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1985. As a member of the USA National Team, Anthony won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.

Most recently Anthony, along with point guard Chauncey Billups, was traded to the New York Knicks in a multi-player deal also involving the Minnesota Timberwolves. That sent a stir through the sports world because of how he gutted the Knicks. They sent Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors’ 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors’ 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash. Which basically was everything but the kitchen sink.

It made sense at the time for some fans because he would get paired with the superstar Amare Stoudemire, plus the Knicks were supposed to be making a run at Chris Paul. How did that turn out? Well… several years later and a couple of wild trades (Chris Paul going to Clippers) Anthony is left with a shell of a team and no Chris Paul. Read more here…