Michigan State Basketball: Breaking Down NBA Potential for Spartans Stars

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Michigan State Basketball: Breaking Down NBA Potential for Spartans Stars
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Adreian Payne (left), Gary Harris and Keith Appling each have some level of NBA potential.

Despite its success, Michigan State isn't an NBA player factory. 

No, that honor goes to programs such as Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. 

But that doesn't mean head coach Tom Izzo has trouble putting guys in the Association. And it doesn't mean that Izzo's current roster is devoid of NBA-caliber talent.

As of this year, the Spartans have two guys who will surely run NBA courts in the near future: senior Adreian Payne and sophomore Gary Harris.

Branden Dawson, a junior, should also have the opportunity to collect a pro check if he performs up to the standards he set as a freshman. 

Senior Keith Appling is borderline. He's a bit reminiscent of Kalin Lucas in that area. Lucas was once thought to have a future in the league, but that future didn't materialize. Appling may be given a chance to play professionally, but his status as an NBA'er isn't guaranteed. 

This slideshow will take a hard look at Michigan State's could-be NBA products. 

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