The Syracuse 2-3 zone has been a hallmark for coach Jim Boeheim and a headache for most coaches who face the Orange. However, aside from just being a suffocating defense, the zone has a wonderful byproduct.
Lots of them, in fact.
One of the trademarks of the Syracuse zone, due to the length of its players, is the surgical removal of passing lanes. Frustrated opponents often try to exploit perceived open lanes, only to see their passes tipped and transitioned into an easy bucket going the other way.
Whether it was Derrick Coleman throwing it down or Hakim Warrick trying to rip down the rim, Syracuse has always had someone who seemed angry at the rim. This upcoming season will be no exception.
With Brandon Triche, Michael Carter-Williams and James Southerland all bidding farewell to the ‘Cuse, the Orange game should move more inside and see more paint ownership than in the past few years of guard-dominated play.
That means more dunking.
With that in mind, it’s time to rank who the best dunkers will be for the Orange in the upcoming season.
Past performance, athleticism and ability to get to the rim were the deciding factors.
And now, the cream.