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NBA World Reacts To Carmelo Anthony's Lakers Debut

Carmelo Anthony smiling while on the bench for Team USA.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Carmelo Anthony #15 of United States reacts on the bench during the game agaisnt Venezuela in the men's preliminary round group A game 19 on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 1 on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers are in the middle of their first preseason game of the 2021-22 season and Carmelo Anthony is in the lineup for his debut with the team. And so far, Melo is giving Lakers fans plenty of reason to be excited for the coming year.

LA are taking on the reigning Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns and giving Melo quality minutes. He missed a pair of threes, but then hit a mid-range two, and backed down Suns guard Chris Paul and made a spin move to make a field goal.

When Melo made his first few buckets, the NBA world went wild. Even the NBA official Twitter account put up a video of the play.

But Lakers fans are significantly more excited. Some believe that if given the chance to make plays, he'll give them the points they so desperately need.

Carmelo Anthony is heading into his 19th NBA season. The 37-year-old forward is coming off a two-year spell with the Portland Trail Blazers, during which he averaged over 14 points per game.

It's been a few years since Melo last played at an All-Star level though. He hasn't averaged over 15 points a game since his 2017-18 run with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

But on the team that the Lakers are putting together, Melo could easily find a niche in the stacked rotation.

He may not be capable of dropping 29 points a game anymore, but he probably won't mind if it nets him a ring at the end of the year.