Syracuse and Rafael Addison
A caveat: Rafael Addison was my favorite player growing up. So when Nunes Magician started discussing what off-the-radar player deserved to have his Syracuse jersey retired, I rather easily came to the defense of #12. As it has, sadly, been nearly 30 years since Addison played, few current fans truly remember him. But I thought he deserved some recognition.
To get the statistics, I had to rely heavily on this website: http://www.orangehoops.org/RAddison.htm. But it reminded me that Addison remains at the top of Syracuse’s career statistical lists:
- #10 in scoring (without the benefit of a three-point shot)
- #25 in rebounding (despite playing small forward/shooting guard)
- #21 in assists (despite playing small forward)
- #21 in free throw shooting (OK, being a top this list for Syracuse is a bit like being the 21st best looking Boston Celtic ever–hardly the best arrow in the quiver).
- Three 30-point games
- 148 career steals
Had Raf, as I presume his friends call him, not been injured his senior season, he would have graduated as the #1 scorer in Syracuse basketball history. Of course, had he not been injured, Syracuse likely would have had a deeper run in March also.
Addison had a few cups of coffee in the NBA. I am not sure where he is today. All I know is that any list of underrated and underappreciated Syracuse basketball players should include Addison.
Do you have any memories of Raf?