The best NBA player from major college programs

The best NBA player from major college programs

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The best NBA player from major college programs

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Not as strong as its football schools, but the SEC has proven to be able to send plenty of great players to the next level.

ALABAMA: ROBERT HORRY

Big Shot Bob was the perfect nickname for a player who won seven championships. Pretty amazing when you consider career stats saw him average 7.0 ppg and 4.8 rebounds and he never made an All-Star team. Seven rings will do a lot to offset that.

ARKANSAS: SIDNEY MONCRIEF

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Sidney Moncrief was named to five All-Star teams and was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Four times named to the All-Defensive First Team, his No. 4 has been retired by the Bucks.

AUBURN: CHARLES BARKLEY

The Round Mound of Rebound as he was known during a storied career, Charles Barkley is an 11-time All-Star and game MVP as well as league MVP. He averaged 22 ppg and 11.7 rpg in a career that saw him named one of the league’s 50 greatest players and a Naismith HOF inductee in 2006.

FLORIDA: AL Horford

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Beginning to feel like you have to be a Boston Celtic to qualify for this list. Al Horford is a five-time All-Star, who won two NCAA titles at Florida. He has been with the Celtics since 2016 and has become a vital cog on the team.

GEORGIA: DOMINIQUE WILKINS


The Human Highlight Reel is the perfect nickname for one of the more spectacular players in NBA history. Born in Paris, France, Dominique Wilkins starred for the Atlanta Hawks. He was named to the All-Star team nine times and scored 26,668 points. The Hawks retired his No. 21 jersey.

KENTUCKY: ANTHONY DAVIS

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Anthony Davis comes from the rich Bluegrass program of the Wildcats. The 6-foot-11 Davis was the first overall pick by New Orleans in 2012. He has gone on to be named an All-Star six times and was MVP of the 2017 game. He’s been 1st Team All-NBA once and was named to the All-Defensive team last season.

LSU: SHAQUILLE O’NEAL


Shaq is another of the legendary big men in NBA history. A four-time champion and three-time Finals MVP, O’Neal was named to the All-Star team 15 times and eight times to the NBA First Team. The Rookie of the Year in 1993, he has had his No. 34 retired by the Lakers and No. 32 similarly honored by the Heat.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: BAILEY HOWELL

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Bailey Howell is another Boston Celtic to make the list. The two-time NBA champ and six-time All-Star had his No. 52 retired by the Bulldogs. Howell averaged 18.7 ppg and 9.9 rpg.

MISSOURI: LARRY DREW

Larry Drew averaged 11 ppg while playing for four teams. He currently is coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, having held the same job with the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks.

OLE MISS: GERALD GLASS

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Gerald Glass played for four teams while averaging 7.7 ppg. In 1991-92, he averaged 11.5 ppg for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

SOUTH CAROLINA: ALEX ENGLISH


Alex English has his No. 2 retired by the Denver Nuggets and No. 22 retired at South Carolina. He averaged 21.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg in a career that saw him inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

TENNESSEE: BERNARD KING

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An offensive powerhouse, Bernard King was named to four All-Star teams. The NBA scoring champ in 1985, King scored 19,655 points. His No. 53 has been retired at Tennessee.

TEXAS A&M: DEANDRE JORDAN

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DeAndre Jordan is a New York Knick after opening his career with a lengthy run as a Los Angeles Clipper and then off to the Dallas Mavericks for 50 games. Jordan’s rebounding prowess is impressive as he is a double-digit man off the boards.

VANDERBILT: CLYDE LEE

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Clyde Lee was someone to be reckoned with on the boards and in the paint. The 6-foot-10 Lee averaged in double figures rebounds five times in his career. He wasn’t an offensive force, at 7.7 ppg, but his prowess grabbing rebounds made him a force.

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