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Syracuse Basketball: How Many Former Orange Have Played in NBA All-Star Games?

Who are the four former Syracuse players who eventually became NBA All-Stars?

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One of the main concerns when it comes to Syracuse Orange basketball is the lack of success former players have in the NBA. It has been a frequent criticism that has surrounded Syracuse, and head coach Jim Boeheim, for years. There have been several theories as to why Syracuse players struggle when they reach the NBA – one of the most common being playing in a 2-3 zone stunts a player's development – but no concrete explanations.

However, not every basketball player that passes through Syracuse fails once they reach the NBA. A total of four former Orange players have made an NBA All-Star game. That number ties Syracuse for 20th all-time. While the Orange may be severely behind the likes of UCLA (17), North Carolina (12), and Kentucky (8), they're still ranked ahead of Florida (3), Oklahoma (3), Providence (3), and others.

As another ASG gets underway this weekend, here are the four former Syracuse players who have made at least one All-Star appearance, listed in order by the total number of selections:

Carmelo Anthony: No. 3 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, 9x NBA All-Star

It should not be a surprise that Anthony tops this list as he has been one of the NBA's most dominating players since entering the league. Outside of the 2008-2009 season, Anthony has made the All-Star game every year since 2006. In addition he won the scoring title in 2013, and has won two gold medals with the U.S. national team in the Summer Olympics. Anthony has averaged an impressive 25 points, 3.1 assists, and 6.6 rebounds throughout his career.

Dave Bing: No. 2 pick in the 1966 NBA Draft, 7x NBA All-Star, Hall of Fame

Bing, who famously played alongside Boeheim while the two were at Syracuse during the early 1960's, is the Orange's lone former player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. In addition to his seven All-Star appearances, Bing was named the leagues Rookie of the Year in 1967, won the NBA's scoring title in 1968, and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1968 and 1971. He would later be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990, and was named as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996.

Derrick Coleman: No. 1 pick in the 1990 NBA Draft, 1x NBA All-Star

After having arguably the greatest career in Syracuse basketball history, Coleman was taken No. 1 overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 1990 NBA Draft. Coleman was supposed to develop until one of the greatest power forwards in the league, however, he never fully fulfilled his potential. Due to inconsistent play and attitude problems – Sports Illustrated once called him "the cover boy for today's breed of overpaid and unappreciative prima donnas" – he only made a single All-Star appearance, receiving the selection during the 1993-1994 season.

Bill Gabor: UNK pick in the 1949 BAA Draft, 1x NBA All-Star

After setting several school records while at Syracuse, including leaving Syracuse as its all-time scorer, Gabor was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals in 1949 of the then-Basketball Association of America, which would later change its name to the National Basketball Association. Gabor played for the Nationals for seven seasons, making his lone All-Star appearance in 1953 and eventually leading the Nationals to an NBA Championship in 1955, before injuries eventually derailed his career.