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Syracuse Orange in the NBA: Dion Waiters Impresses, Michael Carter-Williams Struggles on opening night

With the NBA tipping off this week, CuseNation.com takes a look at each former Orange currently playing in the NBA. Last night, Carmelo Anthony, Michael Carter-Williams, Jerami Grant, Wes Johnson and Dion Waiters were all in action.

Orange in the NBA (OITNBA) will be a new feature on CuseNation.com. We will take a look at each Syracuse basketball alum and how they're performing in the NBA, each night. 

Last night, Carmelo Anthony, Michael Carter-Williams, Jerami Grant, Wes Johnson and Dion Waiters were in action. 

Carmelo AnthonyMelo struggled last night as the Knicks won their season-opener, 122-97, over the Bucks. Carmelo finished with 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting. The Knicks are back in action tonight as they host the Atlanta Hawks (0-1). 

Michael Carter-WilliamsMCW outscored Carmelo last night, but came up short on the scoreboard. The former Orange point guard finished with 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in the 25-point loss. He also had 6 turnovers. The Bucks host the Wizards (1-0) on Friday night. 

Jerami GrantGrant scored 9 points on 2-of-5 shooting last night for the 76ers, who were blown out by the Boston Celtics, 112-95. He played 27 minutes and grabbed 6 boards. Philadelphia went with a 3-guard, 2-center lineup, which we may see for a majority of the season. If that's the case, Grant will continue to come off the bench. The Sixers will host Utah (0-1) on Friday night. 

Wesley JohnsonJohnson came off the bench last night for the Clippers, as Lance Stephenson started over him. The former lottery pick finished with 3 points on 1-of-2 shooting. The Clippers defeated the Kings 111-104. L.A. will host the Mavericks (1-0) tonight at the Staples Center. 

Dion WaitersDion scored 8 points on 4-of-8 shooting for the Thunder, as they defeated San Antonio last night, 112-106. Waiters finished a team-best +15 in his 21 minutes of action. He hit two shots for the Thunder with the game tied late, which pushed OKC over SA. Oklahoma City travels to Orlando on Friday to face the Magic (0-1).

**Rakeem Christmas did not dress for the Indiana Pacers last night. Toronto beat Indiana, 106-99. 


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