The best NBA player from major college programs

The best NBA player from major college programs

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Michael Jordan is but one of a parade of stars produced by one of – the? – most legendary of conferences.

BOStoN COLLEGE: DANA BARROS

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Dana Barros was a 5-foot-11 guard out of BC who made it to an NBA All-Star team in 1995. That season saw Barros average a career-high 20.5 ppg for the Philadelphia 76ers.

CLEMSON: HORACE GRANT

One-half of the Grant twins, Horace gets the nod over brother Harvey as the best out of Clemson. Horace Grant was a four-time NBA champ and scored nearly 13,000 points and grabbed almost 10,000 rebounds in a career that saw him make one All-Star Game.

DUKE: GRANT HILL

Plenty of candidates to choose from out of Duke. However, the elite of the elite is Grant Hill. It isn’t close to Zion Williamson time … yet. A seven-time All-Star, Hill somehow never won an NBA championship, which puts him among the top players who failed to do so. Hill averaged 16.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 4.1 apg in a career that spanned 1994-2013.

FLORIDA STATE: DAVE COWENS

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Dave Cowens was the big redhead out of Florida State. What he lacked in size at 6-foot-9 in the pivot, he more than made up in heart. Cowens won two championships with the Celtics and was the league and All-Star Game MVP in 1973.

GEORGIA TECH: CHRIS BOSH

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Chris Bosh became part of a Big Three in Miami with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. His career was cut short due to health concerns. However, he still was an 11-time All-Star and two-time champion. Bosh averaged 19 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in his career.

LOUISVILLE: WES UNSELD

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Wes Unseld is a Basketball Hall of Famer. At only 6-foot-7, he still ruled the paint. He was the league MVP in 1969 and Finals MVP when the Bullets won the championship in 1978. Unseld averaged better than 14 rpg in his career. As a rookie in 1968-69, he pulled down a career-high 18.2 rpg.

MIAMI: RICK BARRY

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One of the great shooters of the game. Rick Barry was transcendent on and off the court. His underhand foul shots are the stuff of legends. He is an ABA champ and NBA champ. Barry was the Finals MVP when the Warriors captured the title in 1975.

NORTH CAROLINA: MICHAEL JORDAN


The name speaks for itself. His Airness is the G.O.A.T. Six-for-six in NBA Finals.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE: DAVID THOMPSON

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David Thompson was one of the greatest leapers in NBA history. He was an MVP in both the NBA and ABA All-Star games. Thompson scored better than 13,400 points in a career that was derailed by substance abuse issues.

NOTRE DAME: ADRIAN DANTLEY

Adrian Dantley had his No. 4 retired by the Utah Jazz. The 6-foot-5 small forward scored more than 23,000 points in a career that went from 1976-91. He was drafted sixth overall by the Buffalo Braves in 1976 and went on to be a six-time All-Star.

PITTSBURGH: Billy KNight

Billy Knight played for six teams in an NBA career that saw him drafted in the second round by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1974. The slender and sleek forward never played for the Lakers, opting for the ABA route. He averaged 28.1 ppg and 10.1 rpg with the Indiana Pacers in his second season. His most productive season in the NBA was his first. As a Buffalo Brave, Knight averaged 22.9 ppg in 1977-78.

SYRACUSE: CARMELO ANTHONY

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Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to a national title in his one season in Central New York. He hasn’t been able to earn an NBA championship ring. Still, he scored more than 25,000 points in a career that has taken him to four stops, Denver, New York, Oklahoma City and Houston.

VIRGINIA: Ralph Sampson

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At 7-foot-4, there were huge expectations for Ralph Sampson, ones that were impossible to attain. As is, he was the Rookie of the Year in 1983-84 after being selected first overall by the Rockets. He is a four-time All-Star and once was named the game’s MVP. Sampson averaged better than 15 ppg and almost nine rebounds in his career.

VIRGINIA TECH: DELL CURRY

In addition to having two sons in the NBA, Dell Curry was a fine player and shooter. Dell Curry played for five teams and was the Sixth Man of the Year in 1994. He averaged 11.7 ppg in a career that lasted from 1986-2002.

WAKE FOREST: TIM DUNCAN


Cool, calm, collected and classy are the words that describe Tim Duncan. He played his entire 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs, averaged a double-double in points and rebounds and won five championships.

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