The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team has a six-day gap between games, as SU will take on N.C. State this Sunday. With the in mind, we decided to take a look at how Orange alumni are doing in the NBA.
We start with the elder-statesman Carmelo Anthony, who’s averaging 12.8 PPG along with 3.3 RPG, which is a career low for him in rebounds. Well you can’t beat father time, that’s yet proven here yet again. He’s also averaging a career low in minutes with 25.7 minutes per game. With CJ McCollum out with an apparent fractured left foot, Anthony could see more time. Other than Damian Lillard, Anthony is one of the only other players on that Blazers team who could score the rock in bunches. He is also a veteran so the team will look for him to pick up the slack amidst McCollum’s absence. (via Basketball Reference)
Up next is Jerami Grant. The good news? Grant is having a breakout year since signing with Detroit in the offseason, averaging 24.3 PPG along with 6.5 RPG and 1.3 BLKS. He’s doubled his points from his previous career high, which was 13.6.
The bad news? The Pistons are 4-13 and have the most losses of any team in the league. Now that Derrick Rose is back, perhaps the Pistons pick it up in these next few games.
Since the last time I wrote on former Syracuse players, Michael Carter-Williams has not played for Orlando. This is because he is still recovering from a left foot sprain. He is still traveling with the team though.
The Orlando Magic are 8-10 and sit at the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference. Without Markelle Fultz, who recently tore his ACL, Carter-Williams will be sharing those point guard minutes with rookie Cole Anthony who has been balling lately. They can push for the 6th seed when he gets back because as of right now, things are shaky in that rotation.
Out in Utah, Elijah Hughes is still fighting to get more minutes in the rotation. He’s still averaging 2.7 PPG. The Jazz are sitting on the 3rd seed in the West with a record of 12-4 so barring injury to a teammate it’ll be difficult for him to crack the rotation as a rookie.