The best NBA player from major college programs

The best NBA player from major college programs

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Big Ten

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The Big Ten has stayed in shape with its founding members more than most other conferences. It has added schools such as Penn State, Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers.

ILLINOIS: RED KERR

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There may have been grander players but few people meant more to an area than Red Kerr to Chicago and Illinois. Kerr was an NBA champ in 1955 and a three-time NBA All-Star. He averaged a double-double in points and rebounds. Kerr coached the Bulls and eventually became a mainstay in the broadcast booth.

INDIANA: ISiaH THOMAS

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One of the great point guards, Isiah Thomas was a large part of the Bad Boys Detroit Pistons. He is a 12-time All-Star and two-time MVP of the game. Thomas won two NBA titles with the Pistons. He averaged 19 ppg and 9.3 apg.

IOWA: DON NELSON

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Don Nelson is enjoying the good life in retirement in Hawaii. As a player, he won five NBA championships. His No. 19 has been retired by the Celtics.

MARYLAND: BUCK WILLIAMS


Buck Williams was the definition of a power forward. The 6-foot-8 Terp is a three-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA Defensive first team player. Williams scored 16,784 points in his career and grabbed 13,017 rebounds. His No. 52 has been retired by the Nets.

MICHIGAN: CHRIS WEBBER


A member of the Fab Five, Chris Webber is known for far more than his ill-fated timeout call in the NCAA tournament. While never earning an NBA title ring, Webber did score almost 21 ppg and averaged 8.8 rpg.

MICHIGAN STATE: MAGIC JOHNSON

One of the game’s all-time legends, Magic Johnson won five NBA titles and was named MVP of the Finals three times. He is also a three-time MVP and two-time All-Star Game MVP. Magic Johnson made the All-Star team 12 times and was first-team All-NBA on nine occasions.

MINNESOTA: KEVIN MCHALE

Another of the great Boston Celtics to find a home on the list, Kevin McHale came out of Minnesota to the Celts and became a three-time NBA champion. He is a seven-time member of the All-Star team and three-time Defensive First Team player. McHale averaged almost 18 ppg and better than 7 rpg.

NEBRASKA: TYRONN LUE

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Tyronn Lue is a two-time NBA champ in a career that saw him play for eight teams. He coached the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA championship.

NORthWESTERN: BILLY MCKINNEY

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Billy McKinney averaged 8 points and 3.5 assists in a career that saw him play for five teams. Pretty good stuff for a sixth-round draft pick.

OHIO STATE: JOHN HAVLICEK


‘Hondo” was one of the greatest Boston Celtics. A scrappy, hustling player who became an absolute bona fide star. Havlicek scored 26,395 points and won eight NBA championships. The Finals MVP in 1974, Havlicek also was a 13-time All-Star.

PENN STATE: FRANK BRICKOWSKI

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It took a while for Frank Brickowski to make it to the NBA from Penn State. He was drafted by the Knicks and played out of the country for three seasons before catching on with the Seattle SuperSonics, one of six teams he played for in a career that saw him average 10 ppg and 4.7 rpg.

PURDUE: GLENN ROBINSON

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Glenn Robinson was the first overall pick in 1994 out of Purdue and went on to win a championship in 2005. The two-time All-Star averaged 20.7 ppg. His son Glenn Robinson III plays for the Detroit Pistons.

RUTGERS: EDDIE JORDAN

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Eddie Jordan played on the greatest Rutgers team and then headed to the NBA. He played for five teams and was part of a championship team in 1982. He also was head coach of three teams.

WISCONSIN: MICHAEL FINLEY

Michael Finley won an NBA title in 2007 and made two All-Star teams. He averaged 15.7 ppg in a career that saw him play for four teams.

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