For those unfamiliar with the history of Wisconsin Badgers basketball, they haven't always had it this good.
Wisconsin is currently in the midst of 14-straight NCAA tournament appearances under the tutelage of Dick Bennett and Bo Ryan, but it took decades of futility to build the program up to where it is today.
Generations of mediocrity doesn't usually translate into many of your players having success in the NBA, let alone even reaching the most competitive level of basketball in the world. Even with the recent success of Badger basketball, the swing-style, grind-it-out, slow-it-down, team-oriented offense Ryan preaches rivals watching paint dry and pulling teeth at times and is an acquired taste, to say the least.
Suffice it to say, a rather bland history combined with a bland style of basketball doesn't attract the most talented recruits, but hey—Wisconsin wins basketball games, and at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.
Consider our rankings a building block for what is yet to come as Wisconsin basketball builds towards becoming an NBA pipeline. With that in mind, let's introduce the Badgers' all-time greatest NBA players.