The best NBA player from major college programs

The best NBA player from major college programs

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Not all the great players in the NBA came from the same places or conferences. Here are some superstars who went to play in college at other locations.

JACKSONVILLE: ARTIS GILMORE


Artis Gilmore averaged 18.8 ppg and 12.3 rpg while earning ABA All-Star honors five times and NBA honors six times. As a collegian, he led the Dolphins to an unexpected spot against UCLA in the final in 1970.

WEBER STATE: DAMIAN LILLARD

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Damian Lillard stars for the Portland Trail Blazers. The sixth overall pick in 2012, he went on to become Rookie of the Year. He’s a four-time All-Star. Lillard has averaged better than 20 ppg in every season but his rookie year when he averaged 19 ppg.

GONZAGA: JOHN STOCKTON

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Like his tag-team partner Karl Malone, no championship rings for John Stockton. The 10-time All-Star averaged 13.1 ppg and 10.5 apg and was inducted into the Naismith HOF in 2017.

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