Carmelo Anthony is an American professional basketball player. Popularly known as Melo, he ranks alongside the likes of Lebron James and Dwayne Wade as one of the best players in NBA history. In a career spanning nearly two decades, Anthony has scored 25,289 points (the 19th highest in NBA records) and is one of the most prolific scorers in NBA. Want to know more about Melo? We have got all the scoop right here including facts about his height and net worth, age, wife, and son.
Carmelo Anthony Bio (Age)
Carmelo Kyam Anthony was born on the 29th of May 1984 in Brooklyn, New York. His father was Puerto Rican and his name was Carmelo Iriarte. His mother, on the other hand, is African-American and her name is Mary Anthony. The basketball player also has two brothers named Robert and Wilford, as well as a half-sister named Daphne. Anthony’s dad died when he was just two years old and he was raised by his mom. He spent his formative years in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Towson Catholic High School.
As a high schooler, Carmelo Anthony was outstanding on the basketball court. He enjoyed an impressive sophomore and junior season and attracted college offers even before his senior year. Anthony, however, had to conclude his final year of high school so as to boost his faltering grades. For this purpose, he transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Virginia) and continued his exploits on the court. He led his school to various trophies including the Les Schwab Invitational. He also won individual honors such as USA TODAY All-USA First Team and Parade First Team All-American.
Carmelo Anthony joined Syracuse University as a freshman in 2002. Even though he would spend only one year in college, the New York native recorded some incredible achievements. He averaged 22.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game and led Syracuse to their first-ever NCAA tournament. Additionally, he was also named the most outstanding player of the tournament. Carmelo Anthony went professional in 2003 and was the 3rd overall player drafted that year. He was picked by the Denver Nuggets and he spent eight years with them before moving on to the New York Knicks in 2011. His time with the Knicks lasted six years before he moved on to other teams such as Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.
Even though Anthony is yet to win an NBA championship, he has received several individual honors showing that the fault isn’t with him. He has been named an NBA All-star on ten occasions and has also been named to the All NBA team on six occasions. The New York native has also represented his country at various international tournaments. His national career has fetched him many trophies including gold medals at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Anthony also won bronze at the 2004 Olympics; bronze at the 2006 World Championships, and gold at the 2007 Americas Championships.
Wife and Son
The NBA star is married to popular media personality, Alani Nicole Anthony (nee Vazquez) also known as La La. La La is a producer, actress, author, and entrepreneur. She rose to fame as a VJ on the MTV show, Total Request Live. Since then, she has featured in movies and TV series such as Two Can Play That Game, You Got Served, NYC22, and Single Ladies. She also owns a clothing and makeup line.
Anthony and La La were engaged for six years before getting married on the 10th of July 2010. Their wedding ceremony took place in New York and was officiated by famed preacher and academic, Michael Eric Dyson.
The couple enjoyed seven years of marital bliss before rumors surfaced that he had gotten a stripper pregnant. His wife was distraught by the scandal and filed for separation in April 2017. However, the couple has not yet divorced and latest reports suggest that they may be getting back together. Anthony and his wife have a son together, his name is Kiyam Carmelo Anthony and he was born in March 2007. Kiyam is already following in his dad’s footsteps and has exhibited insane basketball skills. This has made his proud papa declare that he is a GOAT in the making.
Carmelo Anthony’s Net Worth
Carmelo Anthony has a net worth of $120 million. His wealth stems from endorsement deals as well as the juicy contracts he has signed over the years. The NBA star ranks among the 40 highest-paid athletes in the world with a salary of $26.2 million and $7 million in endorsement deals. He is sponsored by companies such as Nike, Panini, and Footlocker. He also has a shoe line with Jordan.
Height and Body Features
Carmelo Anthony is 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) tall and weighs 109 kg (240 lb). His hair color is dark brown just like the color of his eyes. Other body measurements are chest – 48 inches (122 cm), arm/biceps – 16 inches (41 cm), and waist – 35.5 inches (90 cm). There is definitely no doubt that Anthony’s tall and athletic physique has contributed to his professional successes.