The best NBA player from major college programs

The best NBA player from major college programs

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The conference has been around for quite a while. However, with all the maneuverings schools do its look has changed through the years as evidenced by the A-10 now having 14 schools.

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DAVIDSON: STEPHEN CURRY

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Steph Curry is the critical spoke in the wheel that turned the Golden State Warriors from also-rans into NBA champions. He is a three-time champ, two-time MVP and a six-time All-Star. Curry has proven to be a threat to shoot – and connect – from practically anywhere on the court.

DAYTON: JIM PAXSON

Jim Paxson was a two-time NBA All-Star who averaged 11.9 ppg in a career that lasted from 1979-90. He averaged a career-high 21.7 ppg for Portland in 1982-83.

DUQUESNE: NORM NIXON


Norm Nixon was the 22nd overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1977. He went on to become a part of the Showtime backcourt with Magic Johnson and won two NBA titles. Nixon led the Lakers in scoring in the 1982 playoffs. Eventually, Nixon was dealt to the Clippers for the draft rights to Byron Scott

FORDHAM: KEN CHARLES

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Ken Charles played five NBA seasons after playing at Fordham, where he was part of one of the Cinderella teams of college basketball. Charles and the Rams went 26-3 in 1970-71 under coach Digger Phelps. Charles was a third-round pick of the Buffalo Braves in 1973. He spent three seasons in Buffalo before concluding his career with a pair as an Atlanta Hawk.

GEORGE MASON: RICKY WILSON

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Ricky Wilson played in 24 games, 18 for the Spurs and six for the Nets. He scored a total of 125 points.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Yinka Dare

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Yinka Dare played from 1994 to 1998, averaging 2.1 ppg and 2.6 rpg in four seasons as a Net.

LA SALLE: TOM GOLA

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Tom Gola was a 1954 NCAA champion and became an NBA champ in 1956. The La Salle star averaged almost 12 points and eight rebounds in an 11-year NBA career. He was enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1976.

RHODE ISLAND: LAMAR ODOM

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Before he became a sad part of pop culture, Lamar Odom had an intriguing basketball career. Nothing was easy for the New Yorker. He eventually went to URI and was then selected by the Los Angeles Clippers fourth overall in 1999. He is a two-time NBA champ and was Sixth Man of the Year in 2011. Lost in all the chaos and distractions is Odom did average better than 10 ppg in 12 straight seasons.

RICHMOND: Johnny Newman

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A second-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Johnny Newman played on nine NBA teams in a 16-year career. While never earning an All-Star honor, he was a consistent scorer who finished with an average of 11 ppg.

SAINT JOSEPH’S: Jameer nelson

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He was named to the All-Star team in 2009. He averaged a career-high 16.7 ppg for the Magic in 2008-09 and 7.4 apg in 2012-13.

ST. BONAVENTURE: BOB LANIER


One of the great big men to play in the NBA, Bob Lanier was a force. He averaged 20.1 ppg over 15 seasons, 10 with the Detroit Pistons and five with the Milwaukee Bucks. The eight-time All-Star also averaged better than 10 rpg in his career. His No. 16 jersey has been retired by both Milwaukee and Detroit.

UMASS: JULIUS ERVING

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A legend in two leagues. Dr. J took basketball to new heights, above and around the rim. An NBA champ with the 76ers and two-time ABA champ, Erving was an 11-time All-Star. Between both leagues, Erving scored more than 30,000 points.

VCU: GERALD HENDERSON

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Gerald Henderson is a three-time NBA champion who played on seven teams. An interesting note is when the Boston Celtics traded Henderson to the Seattle Supersonics in 1984, they eventually used the draft pick they received to select Len Bias.

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