Carmelo Anthony Explains How Michael Jordan’s Strategy Helped Him to Become a Better Scorer

Published 09/20/2021, 1:30 PM EDT


Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan reigned the 90s of basketball with his skillset. The superstar broke down the game to get his scorecard going and Carmelo Anthony learned it from MJ’s strategy.

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Anthony, a 2003 NBA draftee, recently signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for the upcoming season. The likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook are leading the roster and Melo has hopped on a star team.

Carmelo Anthony learns his lesson from Michael Jordan

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Being of the veteran stars, Carmelo Anthony recently shared the secret behind his high-averaging seasons. The icon himself, Michael Jordan, taught Melo how to break down points to be scored in the game for a better overall average. It’s a way of going through the upcoming game beforehand by dividing the points into quarters.

During a recent chat, Melo mentioned the MJ strategy and how it helped him the next season.

“Say you average about 28, there’s an easy way to get it. He said, ‘break down 7 points a quarter. That’s 2-3 layups, 2-3 free throws. You get hot one quarter, you might have 11, 12, 13 (points) one quarter, now second quarter you can pace, you get your 14 (points) in two quarters.’

“So, I’m like, ‘that’s crazy’ and I’m thinking about that in the games. So, next season I have almost 30 (PPG).”

Anthony’s career average is 23 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

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Los Angeles Lakers welcome Melo home

LA fans are eager to see him in the purple-gold jersey alongside his colleague and friend LBJ. The 37-YO previously played for the Portland Trail Blazers with Damian Lillard on the front.

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Back in the time, Jordan was dominating numbers in the league with huge accomplishments on his resume. He analyzed his games, knew the drill behind scoring big, and put his dominance to use. The six-time NBA champion had his goals set and made his moves seem effortless.

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No wonder he’s regarded as the GOAT!

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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