“Skyler’s Swishes” is a column by Skyler Trepel recapping the top three events from the past week of NBA play.
This week’s swishes feature two young stars on the rise and a veteran superstar continuing to prove why he belongs.
You may remember Edwards appearing in another edition of Skyler’s Swishes when he detonated on Yuta Watanabe. Edwards is becoming the NBA’s version of The Undertaker as he made Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington rest in peace Sunday with this death-defying dunk.
Edwards seemingly flew off a trampoline before cocking his machine gun of an arm back and unloading in Covington’s face with a rim-rocking slam.
Edwards was the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, which made for lofty expectations. After showing flashes of potential, he put the entire league on notice with his career-high 34-point performance against the Blazers to go along with a career-high six 3-pointers.
Edwards’ phenomenal showing is more than noteworthy, but it may not be enough to put him over the hump against our next baller for the Rookie of the Year award.
LaMelo Ball out of Chino Hills, California, has been making some serious noise with the Charlotte Hornets lately. He is becoming the clear front-runner for Rookie of the Year even after Anthony Edwards’ career performance.
LaMelo has been balling out all season, but he made his most memorable play this past Saturday. To cap off the Hornets’ franchise-record 16 threes in one half, LaMelo showed off footwork and basketball prowess beyond his years.
He pump-faked a defender into the next dimension before showing footwork fit for a veteran with a deadly spin move. Once he hit the fadeaway three he had officially blown the minds of NBA fans everywhere.
LaMelo finished his night with 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists. LaMelo’s nickname may be Melo, but that nickname will always originally belong to this next prolific scorer.
Carmelo Anthony was nearly counted out by the entirety of the NBA, but he continues to prove he has more gas in his tank. Anthony has been getting buckets in the NBA since he was drafted 18 years ago.
On Saturday, he climbed to No. 11 on the all-time scoring list in a classic performance with a classic Carmelo bucket. The original Melo made his living in the mid-range area off of pump faking defenders out of their shoes before draining his silky-smooth jump shots.
This is exactly what he did to pass two-time NBA champion Hakeem Olajuwon and position himself one spot away from being in the top 10 of the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Carmelo now sits 363 points away from passing Elvin Hayes and breaking into the top 10.
The most amazing aspect of this feat is that for two years, Anthony was nearly out of the NBA permanently because teams didn’t see him fitting into the modern game. Melo continues to prove his doubters wrong as he finished the night with 26 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals.
He was the leading scorer for the night, even outscoring superstar point guard Damian Lillard.
“I’ve never lost confidence in myself,” Anthony said after the game. “I’ve given this game too much to lose any type of confidence out there … nobody can take that joy away from me.”
People may have doubted Anthony’s Hall of Fame status previously, but he continues to prove the doubters wrong. Keep on swishing Melo.
“Skyler’s Swishes” runs every Monday.