Syracuse Basketball: Picking the Orange's All-Time Starting Five Plus Subs

Jay SchaefferContributor IIIJuly 26, 2012

Syracuse Basketball: Picking the Orange's All-Time Starting Five Plus Subs

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    The Syracuse Orange are one of the most storied programs in all of college basketball. The Orange rank fifth all-time with 1,844 wins, and have one NCAA championship. 

    The Orange have had numerous superb basketball players, so it was extremely difficult to pick a team of 12 players to represent the Orange's all-time team. However, this team could hold their own against any other school's all-time team. 

    The following players would best represent the Orange if each school had to pick a starting five and seven substitutions to represent them.

Point Guard: Sherman Douglas

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    Sherman Douglas was a star during his time with the Orange. Douglas averaged 18 points, 8.6 assists, and nearly two steals per game during his senior campaign. He also shot an impressive 54.6 percent from the field during his senior season.

    Douglas led the Syracuse Orange to the national title game during his sophomore year, in a game where the Orange lost 74-73 to the Indiana Hoosiers on a Keith Smart buzzer beater. 

    Douglas has the sixth most points in Orange history, and also is still the school's all-time assists leader.

Shooting Guard: Dave Bing

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    The current mayor of Detroit was also a standout during his time with the Orange. Bing, a guard, averaged an incredible 24.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game during his three-year career playing for Syracuse.

    Bing is ninth all-time in points for Syracuse, and is regarded as one of the best players in the school's history.

    Bing was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.

Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony

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    Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to its first ever NCAA championship in his freshman season. 'Melo averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds in his only season for the Orange.

    Carmelo won the tournament's Most Outstanding Player Award, after capping off his freshman season with 20 points in the championship game.

    The fact that Carmelo won the school's first championship will always endear him to Orange fans.

Power Forward: Derrick Coleman

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    The former No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft had an outstanding collegiate career with the Orange. Coleman averaged nearly 18 points and 12 rebounds during his senior season at Syracuse.

    Coleman was a freshman on the 1986-1987 Orange team that made an improbable run to the NCAA championship game, and formed a dominating tandem with center Rony Seikaly.

    Coleman is second all-time in points in Orange history.

Center: Rony Seikaly

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    The top two rebounders in Orange history happened to play at the same time. Seikaly and Derrick Coleman formed a dynamic front court in the mid 1980's. Both Seikaly and Coleman were integral parts of the national runner-up team during Seikaly's junior year.

    Seikaly averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and over two blocks per game during his career with the Orange.

Lawrence Moten

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    Shockingly the all-time leading scorer in Syracuse history doesn't even start on the all-time Syracuse squad. However, Dave Bing was the clear-cut starting shooting guard. Moten averaged 19 points during his four-year career with the Orange.

    Moten would provide instant offense off the bench for the all-time Orange team. 

Gerry McNamara

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    Gerry McNamara, or G-Mac, was an integral part of the 2003 National Championship team. G-Mac often went on hot streaks where he would single handily carry the Orange to victory.

    A notable example of that was the 2006 Big East Tournament. Despite playing through injury, McNamara provided late game heroics in numerous games during the tournament. McNamara was later named the Big East Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

    McNamara has the fourth most points in school history.

John Wallace

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    John Wallace ranks third on the Syracuse all-time scoring list. Wallace was a great power forward that developed a solid outside shooting game during his time with the Orange. Wallace went from making four three-pointers during his first three seasons at Syracuse to making 37 during his senior year.

    Wallace averaged 22 points and nearly nine rebounds during his senior campaign with the Orange.

Hakim Warrick

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    Hakim Warrick will always be remembered as the man who sealed the 2003 National Championship victory with his freakishly long wingspan. Warrick's block will always be one of the top plays in the history of the Orange.

    Warrick ranks fifth all-time in points, and fourth all-time in rebounds. He had an outstanding senior season averaging 21 points and 8.6 rebounds, leading the Orange in both categories. 

Etan Thomas

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    The all-time blocks leader in Syracuse history was a force on the defensive end. Thomas often prevented the opposing team to even enter the paint because of the fear of being swatted by Thomas. He averaged 13 points, nine rebounds, and 3.5 blocks during his senior season with the Orange. 

    Thomas would bring a great defensive presence off the bench for the all-time Orange squad.

Pearl Washington

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    Pearl Washington was an electrifying presence during his time at Syracuse. Washington brought the street-ball style game to college basketball and did it to perfection. Washington only played three years for the Orange, before leaving early for the NBA. 

    He averaged 17 points and nearly eight assists during his senior year with the Orange. Washington is fourth in assists all-time for the Orange

Roosevelt Bouie

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    The all-time Orange team needed one more big man to complete the team. Roosevelt Bouie is the perfect man for this team. Bouie was a stud at center during the mid to late 1970's. Bouie was a part of coach Boeheim's first recruiting class, and helped coach Boeheim to an 100-18 record during Bouie's four-year career with the Orange.

    Bouie averaged 13 points and eight rebounds during his Orange career to go along with more than two blocks per game.