Carmelo Anthony is officially back and proving all his doubters wrong.
On Monday, the NBA announced that Anthony won the Western Conference Player of the Week award after some stellar showings for the Trail Blazers at the end of November.
Last week, Melo averaged 22.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting at an impressive 57.4% clip, helping the Trail Blazers secure three straight wins.
Melo was signed by the Blazers after a rough start to the year in what was seen as a low-risk, high-reward transaction for Portland. That move has paid dividends as the team looks far more formidable with Anthony on the court.
Just when it looked like Melo's playing days were behind him, Portland gave him one last shot to succeed, and he's done more than take advantage of it.
This comeback story has been long in the making, as Anthony's career had been trending downwards ever since his departure from New York. Melo had moved from team to team after leaving the Knicks, but ultimately failed to stick with an organization.
While some may say players like Luka Doncic or James Harden were more deserving of the Western Conference Player of the Week, the narrative behind Melo's comeback has been dominating NBA headlines. With the success the 35-year-old is having on his new team, it only seems fitting that he received an accolade to acknowledge his stellar play.