The conference has grown through the years from Pac-8, to Pac-10 to Pac-12. The most memorable years were when Lew Alcindor – Kareeem Abdul-Jabbar – was part of the UCLA dynasty.
ARIZONA: ANDRE IGUODALA
A player’s player. Andre Iguodala is a three-time NBA champ and was the Finals MVP in 2015. He has played for three teams and is a one-time All-Star.
AriZONA STATE: JAMES HARDEN
The Beard has become one of the great scorers in NBA history. He’s on his way to a scoring title this season. The reigning MVP is a seven-time All-Star and four-time first team selection.
CALIFORNIA: JASON KIDD
Jason Kidd was one of the game’s great point guards. He led the NBA in assists four times. An NBA champion in 2011, Kidd is a 10-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA first team and four-time All-Defensive first team.
COLORADO: CHAUNCEY BILLUPS
Chauncey Billups played for eight teams with two stints as a Piston. The five-time All-Star was the Finals MVP in 2004.
OREGON: GREG BALLARD
Greg Ballard averaged 12.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. He was a member of the 1978 champion Washington Bullets.
OREGON STATE: GARY PAYton
“The Glove” because of his great defensive skills, Gary Payton is a nine-time All-Star and was part of a championship team in 2006. Payton was an inductee to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2013. He averaged 16 ppg and 6.7 apg.
STANFORD: BROOK LOPEZ
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Half of the Lopez twins with brother Robin, Brook is a one-time NBA All-Star who made the All-Rookie team in 2009. In his career, he averages about 18 ppg and 7 rebounds.
UCLA: KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR
One of the best big men in NBA history, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a six-time MVP and champion. The Finals MVP twice and five times on the All-Defensive First team, Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 points and 17,440 rebounds. The person responsible for the “Alcindor Rule” in college hoops, which saw dunking outlawed.
USC: BILL SHARMAN
A four-time champ as a player and four times on the All-NBA 1st team, Bill Sharman was a titlist in three leagues: NBA, ABA and ABL, as a coach. One of the great foul shooters in NBA history, Sharman three times hit better than 90 percent from the line.
UTAH: TOM CHAMBERS
Tom Chambers averaged 18.1 ppg and was a four-time All-Star Game representative. He was the All-Star MVP in 1987.
WASHINGTON: BRANDON ROY
Brandon Roy had his career cut short by a degenerative knee condition. What a shame. He was a super scorer. Roy was the Rookie of the Year in 2007 and a three-time All-Star.
WASHINGTON STATE: KLAY THOMPSON
Klay Thompson is one of the game’s most accurate shooters. The three-time NBA champ and five-time All-Star was the three-point shooting champ in 2016. He consistently shoots better than 40 percent from behind the arc and his points-per-game average always hovers around 20.
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