Nuggets' Anthony earns USA Basketball honor

Updated: January 16, 2007, 4:43 PM ET
Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Carmelo Anthony, the suspended Denver Nuggets star who led the U.S. team at the world championships, was chosen Tuesday as USA Basketball's male athlete of the year.

Carmelo Anthony

Anthony averaged 19.9 points on a team that won a bronze medal in Japan. He scored a U.S.-record 35 points in a victory over Italy during pool play.

After a disappointing stint with the U.S. team at the 2004 Olympics, Anthony joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as captains of the team in the worlds. He was was the only American chosen to the all-tournament team.

"Carmelo was on a mission to make our team and he did much more than that, he led our team," USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said. "He had a terrific summer with the USA team and demonstrated his overall basketball talents and his leadership. In my mind he is deserving and a great choice for this award."

Anthony, the NBA scoring leader, is serving a 15-game suspension for his role in a brawl against the New York Knicks last month.

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