Marc Anthony played with the Dallas Stars during the 2013-14 season, a role he held until the season he retired in March of 2017.
The 34-year-old left-shot was an NHL All-Star during his time with the Stars, but that hasn’t always been easy to come by in the NBA.
Anthony had a rough stretch, missing the entire 2016-17 season after he ruptured his Achilles tendon during a playoff game against the Washington Wizards in October of 2015.
The injury cost Anthony a starting spot for the 2017-18 season.
Anthony’s story wasn’t much different than most players of his age, who struggled to keep their careers intact.
While Anthony didn’t have a particularly strong NBA career, he was still considered a talented athlete, and it wasn’t uncommon for his skills to translate into a successful career.
In the summer of 2016, Anthony was signed to a five-year, $47 million contract by the Dallas Mavericks, but the contract was quickly voided due to a knee injury suffered in training camp in 2016.
After undergoing surgery in September of 2017, Anthony signed a new deal with the Denver Nuggets in October.
While Anthony was a productive NBA player in the regular season, he struggled to stay healthy during his four-year stint with the Nuggets.
Despite the team’s decision to trade him to the Mavericks for the second-round pick that was later used to draft James Harden in 2018, Anthony remained sidelined for nearly two months while recovering from his injury.
After the injury, Anthony struggled to regain his form, struggling to score and assist during the 2017 postseason.
Anthony finished the regular-season with 11 points in 19 minutes, but he did not appear in a playoff contest, playing in two games against the Utah Jazz.
Anthony was injured again during the playoffs against the New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans, but his status for the 2018-19 season was never resolved.
When the 2018 NBA draft was held in Philadelphia on June 30, the Dallas organization chose Oklahoma forward Marcus Smart over Anthony.
However, Smart was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for a 2019 first-round draft pick and a 2018 second-rounder, which the Dallas team then used on Anthony.
After spending two seasons with the Mavericks, Anthony returned to Dallas to play for the Nuggets in the 2017 NBA All-Dirt League, a program designed to help young players get acclimated to the NBA by giving them experience on the road.
While he was in the D-League, Anthony played for the Denver Trail Blazers in 2018-2019.
After leaving the NBA for the D.L., Anthony went on to play in the WNBA for the Houston Dash, playing with the team during the 2019-20 season.
While in the Dash, Anthony made three appearances for the Rockets, averaging 7.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game.
While in Houston, Anthony also played for Portland Trail Blazers, the team that drafted him.
Anthony appeared in 29 games for the Trail Blazers during the 2018 season, averaging 6.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 9.3 and 9.8 minutes per contest.
After making his NBA debut with the Houston Rockets in March 2018, and playing in his first All-NBA game with the Warriors in October 2018, it wasn`t long before Anthony started to fall out of favor with the coaching staff in Dallas.
In November of 2018, the former All-Stars former teammate and fellow All-Defense League guard Aaron Gordon, a former member of the Houston Spurs, expressed his frustration with Anthony`s play.
According to ESPN`s Marc Stein, former Spurs coach Rick Carlisle was upset with Anthony for his lack of production during the year and was even willing to trade Anthony to a contender to get a big-name point guard.
Carlisle told ESPN that it wasn”t good enough for Anthony to be a No. 2 option.
Carlisle also questioned why Anthony wasn`nt playing more consistently in the playoffs.
Carlisa`s criticism, along with Carlisle`s concern for the team`s success, ultimately led to Anthony being traded to Minnesota for a 2017 first-rounder and a 2021 second-overall pick.
While there was some speculation in the media that Anthony would be traded to an NBA team for a top-tier point guard, it was a far cry from the situation that was on the books in Dallas, according to ESPN.
During the 2016-2017 season, Anthony appeared with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the first time in 2017-2018.
After playing the first two games of the season for the Timberwolves, Anthony averaged 4.8 and 2 minutes per night, respectively, in just over 18 minutes per outing.
While his NBA career was officially over after the 2016 season, it seemed like Anthony would never leave the Mavericks.
While his career did not pan out as planned, the career-ending injury suffered during the 2016 playoffs with the New Orleans Hornets forced