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The Greatest Syracuse Basketball Players of All Time

Updated November 14, 2019 6.6k votes 842 voters 16.2k views39 items

List RulesUpvote the best basketball players in Orange history based only on the player's college career.

Syracuse basketball fans, we’re ranking the best Syracuse Orange of all-time. This list of Syracuse basketball players includes current and former players, along with the seasons played with the college. Featuring All-Americans, players in the NBA, and school legends who had their jerseys retired, the top players from Syracuse University men's basketball team history include Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Coleman, Sherman Douglas, and Louis Orr. Who is the best Syracuse Orange ever?

In the 2017-18 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season, the Syracuse Orange roster has the starting five: Frank Howard, Tyus Battle, Marek Dolezaj, OShae Brissett, and Paschal Chukwu.

Vote up the ones you think are the greatest Syracuse basketball players in Orange history. Feel free to add any Orange freshmen, NBA rookies, or Syracuse alumni missing from the list.

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    Carmelo Anthony

    Small forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceRed Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Number7

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    2002 - 2003

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    #1 of 38 The Best Oak Hill Academy Alumni#60 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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    248
    70

    Dave Bing

    Point guard

    Age77

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

    1963 - 1966

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    #87 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#81 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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    272
    83

    Derrick Coleman

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age53

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons

    1986 - 1990

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    #37 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked#25 of 113 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked

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    100

    Pearl Washington

    Point guard

    1983 - 1986

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    65

    Sherman Douglas

    Point guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

    1985 - 1989

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    168
    57

    Billy Owens

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age51

    BirthplaceCarlisle, Pennsylvania

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

    1988 - 1991

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    61

    Lawrence Moten

    Shooting guard

    Age47

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Vancouver Grizzlies

    1991 - 1995

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    67

    John Wallace

    Small forward

    Age46

    BirthplaceRochester, New York, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

    1992 - 1996

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    99

    Gerry McNamara

    Guard

    Age36

    BirthplaceScranton, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    2002 - 2006

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    170
    71

    Age55

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

    1984 - 1988

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    #96 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#84 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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    163
    70

    Hakim Warrick

    Power forward

    Age38

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    TeamsMemphis Grizzlies

    2001 - 2005

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    41

    Louis Orr

    Power forward, Small forward

    Age61

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, New York Knicks

    1976 - 1980

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    51

    Roosevelt Bouie

    Center

    Age61

    BirthplaceKendall, New York

    1976 - 1980

  • 14

    Age29

    BirthplaceHamilton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Number7

    TeamsOrlando Magic

    2011 - 2013

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    #58 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#143 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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    116
    63

    Wesley Johnson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age33

    BirthplaceCorsicana, Texas

    Number2

    TeamsPanathinaikos

    2009 - 2010

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    84
    36

    Rafael Addison

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons

    1982 - 1986

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    121
    69

    Jonny Flynn

    Point guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceNiagara Falls, New York

    2007 - 2009

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    158
    103

    Dion Waiters

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age29

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Number11

    TeamsMiami Heat

    2010 - 2012

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    105
    61

    Stephen Thompson

    Shooting guard

    Age51

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Orlando Magic

    1986 - 1990

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    79
    47

    Jason Hart

    Point guard

    Age41

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

    1996 - 2000

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    83
    51

    Etan Thomas

    Power forward, Center

    Age41

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    TeamsWashington Wizards

    1996 - 2000

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    80
    48

    Leo Rautins

    Small forward

    Age59

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

    1980 - 1983

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    30

    Tyler Ennis

    PG

    BirthplaceBrampton, ON

    Number11

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    Adrian Autry

    Point guard

    1990 - 1994

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    51

    Preston Shumpert

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    1998 - 2002