Syracuse Orange produces some of the most professional NBA players, according to study

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A new study has revealed that the Syracuse Orange produces some of the most professional National Basketball Association (NBA) players.

The study by Flashpicks found that Syracuse University ranks 6th for producing some of the most professional NBA players, with alumni who collectively received the lowest number of fines, ejections and suspensions over the past 10 years in the NBA.

“With discipline a hot topic in the NBA currently, we wanted to look closer at where the best-behaved players attended college,” stated the head of operations at FlashPicks, Callum Broxton. 

SU has 17 active players in the NBA since 2014. Out of all players, only three have had fines, five have had ejections and no one has missed a game because of a suspension.

Rank College Active players since 2014 Number of fines Games missed through suspensions Number of ejections
1 Houston Cougars 11 0 0 0
2 Virginia Cavaliers 17 1 0 0
3 Iowa State Cyclones 14 0 1 0
4 Gonzaga Bulldogs 22 0 3 5
5 Texas A&M Aggies 10 0 0 6
6 Syracuse Orange 17 3 0 5
7 Michigan Wolverines 26 0 18 5
8 Villanova Wildcats 18 0 1 13
9 Alabama Crimson Tide 14 1 4 2
10 LSU Tigers 23 5 1 5

Those players include Jerami Grant and Michael Carter-Williams with the three fines between the two of them, totaling $45,000. Carmelo Anthony is responsible for three of the ejections and Dion Waiters and Carter-Williams are responsible for one each.



According to FlashPicks, the data for this study was taken from March 1, 2014, up to and including February 29, 2024. NBA fines and suspensions were taken from the official NBA website and ejections data was compiled using Spotrac.

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