The NBA trading deadline had an Orange hue on Thursday, as two former Syracuse point guards were part of a big deal that has them joining forces in the professional ranks according to multiple media reports. Tyler Ennis and Michael Carter-Williams were traded from their respective teams to the Milwaukee Bucks and will now play for former star point guard Jason Kidd.
The news was first reported by ESPN's Marc Stein.
Ennis was stuck behind three talented NBA point guards with the Phoenix Suns, the team that selected him with the 18th the 2014 NBA Draft. He rarely played, spending time in the D-League as well. During his stint with the Suns, he played only 7.3 minutes per game in only eight appearances.
He averaged just 2.8 points and 1.8 assists for the Suns.
"I want to thank the city of Phoenix and the Suns organization for drafting me," Ennis said on Twitter. "Wish I could ahve been a part of getting into the playoffs. I'm also really excited to get to Milwaukee and continue the playoff push. Can't wait to learn from one of the greatest PGs of all time."
Michael Carter-Williams, on the other hand, was the Rookie of the Year in the 2014 season after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers after being selected with the 11th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. During his rookie campaign, he averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game.
During his sophomore season, Carter-Williams is still putting up impressive numbers with 15 points, 7.4 assists and 6.5 rebounds per game.
"I can't lie I'm shocked," Carter-Williams tweeted. "I love this city and thank you for everything. I can honestly say I gave it my all. I wish Philly nothing but the best. What I can say is I am excited to be a Buck! Time to work!"
Ennis goes from a situation where playing time never seemed to be available to one where he may see the floor more often. Carter-Williams comes from leading the team in the discussion for the worst in the league to leading a playoff contender.
Both were only the primary point guard at Syracuse for one season before leaving for the professional game. Carter-Williams, however, was a sophomore before pursuing his NBA dream. The move gives Syracuse fans something to watch in the NBA playoffs. Dion Waiters, now with the Oklahoma City Thunder, is also in a postseason race.