You know how much we all enjoy “What If” scenarios so when the following tweet crossed the timeline we knew we had to run with it...
Flipping the “winter sports athletes get another year of eligibility” rule … you can pick one ex-CBB player from your school to get one more year, but they’re current age & shape (so no 20 year old MJ). Who would you pick, and why is Wendell Carter Duke’s non-Zion choice?— Ben Swain (@TheBenSwain) October 19, 2020
Syracuse Orange fans should immediately think Carmelo Anthony for this one right? The NBA bubble showed that a trimmed down Melo is still a walking bucket and he’d provide a post scoring threat right away. Can he man the wing on the zone to make him the best choice though?
As good as Melo was in Orlando, Jerami Grant might have been better. The Nuggets forward not only showed off his offensive abilities he was given the task of guarding LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the Western Conference Final. He’s not as polished as Melo on the offensive end, but he could rotate from the 4 to a small-ball 5 and as the top guy on a full-court press.
Would you prefer to add another player to the thin backcourt? You’ve got “Champ Cheese” Dion Waiters, Michael Carter-Williams, Tyus Battle or Tyler Ennis. Thanks to TBT we have a pretty good idea of what some former Syracuse players are still able to do and we know Eric Devendorf can still get under the skin of his opponents and get buckets. Put him next to Joe Girard and see how crazy they can drive ACC foes.
What about Oshae Brissett, Tyler Lydon, Brandon Triche, or John Gillon? Got anyone else you’d recommend? Keep in mind they have to play at their current age and size but let us know in the comments.