A Look at a Few Syracuse Orange Currently in the NBA
With the start of the NBA season upon us, it’s time to find out where the Orange are and how they’ve been doing:
Team: New York Knicks
Last Season: 22.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.6 APG
Notes: This is a big year for Carmelo. The Knicks are trying to build a winner, granted they are going the old and decrepit route. They got rid of Jeremy Lin whom Melo may or may not have had a problem with during the season. Knicks Coach Mike Woodson says that he may try and put Anthony at the four while Amare Stoudemire is hurt. The best the Orange’s got in the pros.
Team: Phoenix Suns
Last Season: 6.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.9 APG
Notes: Johnson will have to play well for the Suns as they declined to pick up his option. Both sides have expressed interest in him staying with the team beyond this season. He shot 40% in the preseason and is going to get plenty of chances to make things happen on this young team.
Kris Joseph and Fab Melo
Team: Boston Celtics
Last Season: Rookie this year
Notes: We pare off these two who were drafted by Boston in this past draft. Joseph averaged about 10 minutes per game this preseason scoring 37 points while shooting 44.4% in the process. He was on the bubble at one point, but managed to get a roster spot. Playing time could be an issue as he works his way into the rotation. Melo played an average of six minutes per game scoring two points in eight games of action. He is a work in progress who may eventually turn into something, but this season his butt will be on the bench a lot. Leandro Barbosa’s addition to Boston could help out as it brings another Brazilian to the team.
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Last Season: Rookie this year
Notes: Dion averaged almost nine points per game this preseason. He’ll play a big part in the Cavaliers future plans and will be a part of a sweet backcourt with Kyrie Irving in the future. The red flag comes with the shooting percentage which is 34.4%. Waiters was able to get to the rim easily in college, but he may find that a little more difficult in the pros. Should be noted, this author thought it was a mistake for him to go pro. I’ll admit though, that I’m partially selfish because this year’s Orange would be ridiculous with him on it.
Team: New Orleans Hornets
Last Season: 6.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.9 APG
Notes: Warrick has carved out a niche for himself and fit in well in Phoenix where he was part of an uptempo style. Now in New Orleans, the Forward played in two preseason games scoring 10 points while adding nine rebounds. Warrick is actually one of the oldest players on this roster and will be useful in mentoring Anthony Davis. Hard to believe, but he is on is fourth different NBA team. If Warrick stays healthy, he’ll be a nice piece for the Hornets.
Each week we’ll update the progress of these players as they continue to try and make it big in the NBA.
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