The news cycle is warming up for the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball season. But before that, former Syracuse standouts are suiting up in the NBA. Before the 2021-22 regular season tips off this evening, here’s where you can watch all of your favorite former Orange stars playing in the Association:
Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons
Coming off a career year where he averaged over 22 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for a hapless Detroit squad, Grant played for Team USA and collected a gold medal over the summer. Now what can he do for an encore? The Pistons have some interesting young players on this roster, even if it’s going to take them some time to come together. Grant continuing to be effective on both ends could help that happen quicker.
Oshae Brissett, Indiana Pacers
Brissett got his opportunity late in the year for the Pacers, and made the most of it, averaging nearly 11 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. That was also an old coaching regime, however, and now Rick Carlisle takes over. Indiana has a lot of injuries on the wing right now, so that could give him a shot to break through early and inspire enough faith from Carlisle to keep him a fixture in the rotation throughout the year.
Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Lakers
It was another effective year for Carmelo’s second act last year, and the success in Portland now gives him an opportunity to compete for a title with the Lakers. We’ll see how the veteran squad utilizes all of its experience, but ‘Melo will be able to see the floor a reasonable amount as he looks to win his first NBA championship.
Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando Magic
Around two months ago, MCW got some bad news that he’d need ankle surgery and would miss the start of this season. That’s not a great sign for a guy who’s struggled to stay healthy, has a new coach in Orlando and has competition at the point guard spot from Cole Anthony, (the also injured) Markelle Fultz and perhaps Jalen Suggs and R.J. Hampton as well depending on lineups. We’ll see when he returns.
Elijah Hughes, Utah Jazz
Elijah didn’t get to play a ton last year for the Jazz, and it’s debatable how much he’ll do so this year for the veteran team pushing to break through and play for a title. Utah’s given him some run in preseason, so hopefully that’s a sign he’ll be able to pick up minutes here and there.
Former Syracuse signee Darius Bazley is back with the Oklahoma City Thunder after averaging nearly 14 points per game last year. Boeheim’s Army standout Keifer Sykes didn’t make the final Pacers roster, but seems likely to catch on with a G League team or somewhere overseas.
Abroad, here’s where various Orange players appear to be this season:
- Tyus Battle, Dinamo Sassari (Italy)
- Marek Dolezaj, BC Ternopil (Ukraine)
- Tyler Ennis, Türk Telekom (Turkey)
- C.J. Fair, Al-Nasr Dubai (UAE)
- John Gillon, Alba Fehérvár (Hungary)
- Chris McCullough, Gigantes de Carolina (Puerto Rico)
- Malachi Richardson, Lavoropiù Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)
- Tyler Roberson, Tallinna Kalev/TLÜ (Estonia)
- Brandon Triche, Shabab Al Ahli Basket (UAE)
- Andrew White III, Büyükçekmece Basketbol (Turkey)
... if you happen to know that some of the overseas clubs have changed for Syracuse alums, or if additional players have signed elsewhere, feel free to flag in the comments and we’ll add.