Former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony made his Blazers debut Tuesday night against the Pelicans, and connected on the first three-point attempt in his new uniform.
Anthony hit a wide open three in the first quarter to give the Blazers their first lead of the game. He did miss his first shot attempt, but quickly made up for it with the three a couple of minutes later.
With the Blazers dealing with a few injuries, including missing Damian Lillard to a back injury, Anthony started at power forward in his first game back in over a year. The Blazers went on to lose to the Pelicans 115-104.
Anthony, who has played for the Nuggets, Thunder and Rockets in addition to the Knicks, had a pretty solid outing considering he's been out of the game since 2018.
The new No. 00 finished with 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, but was in foul trouble throughout the game, finishing with five fouls.
Melo did also shoot just 4-of-14 from the field and turned the ball over five times.
The rust is certainly there, but so is the obvious capability to still play in the NBA. Anthony showed flashes of vintage Melo, hitting mid-range jump shots and even trying to throw down a poster dunk on rookie center Jaxson Hayes.
With the Blazers off to one of their worst starts in recent memory, having an extra scoring boost to compliment Lillard and CJ McCollum could really help turn things around for a team fighting for a shot to return to the playoffs.