An All-NBA team for active players who suited up for the Syracuse Orange
C - Etan Thomas, Washington Wizards
A backup to Brendan Haywood in Washington, he has a career 6.1 points-per-game and 5.8 rebounds-per-game as a pro. As a sophomore in college, he was named Big East Most Improved Player and to the Big East third team.
He steadily climbed up being named to the second team as a junior and first team as a senior.
He was a dominating defender in college, earning Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. He led Syracuse to the Big East regular season title, leading the team in scoring and rebounding.
Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with a heart problem which caused him to miss all of last season.
F - Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
Although he only played one year at Syracuse, he had the best freshmen year of any other Orange player.
He led Syracuse to a national title by leading the Orange in scoring and rebounding. He was the NCAA tournament MVP, Big East Rookie of the Year, and was a first team All-American.
He averaged 22.2 ppg and 10 rpg for the Orange. He was the third overall pick in the NBA draft and has career averages of 24.4 ppg and six rpg.
F - Hakim Warrick, Memphis Grizzlies
Warrick played with Carmelo in the National Championship, and will always be remembered for his block on Kansas Jayhawks' Mike Lee's 3-point attempt to save the game for the Orange (pictured above.)
Warrick was Big East Player of the Year his senior season and was an AP All-American. He averaged 21.4 ppg and 8.6 rpg in his senior year under Jim Boeheim. Drafted ninth overall by the Grizzlies, Warrick is averaging 9.7 ppg and 5.6 rpg in his third year pro.
F - Donte Green, Sacremento Kings
Although he has not made a big impact in the NBA yet, Donte Green had a great freshman season at Syracuse.
He had one of the best freshmen seasons at Syracuse in history, recording 17.7 ppg with his sweet jumper. He was named to the Big East Second Team and Big East Rookie Team.
Green was drafted 28th in the NBA Draft by the Grizzlies and then was immediately traded to the Houston Rockets. He was then sent to the Sacramento Kings as part of the Ron Artest deal.
He has not seen much time at the floor so far, but figures to see more minutes as the season progresses.
G - Jason Hart, Los Angeles Clippers
Jason Hart was one of the greatest defensive players in Syracuse history—evident by him being the all-time steals leader for the Orange. In Hart's senior season, he led the team to the Sweet Sixteen and was named to the Big East First Team.
Hart was drafted as the 49th overall pick in the 2000 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Since then, he has bounced around the NBA, playing on several teams including a brief stint in Greece. He is now a backup guard for the Clippers getting 15 minutes per game. He has a 5.3 ppg career average in the NBA.
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