Michigan State Basketball: The Biggest NBA Success Stories in Spartans History

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Michigan State Basketball: The Biggest NBA Success Stories in Spartans History
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Michigan State has produced a multitude of successful NBA players through the years. From the days of head coach Jud Heathcote leading the Spartans to the ongoing era under Tom Izzo, MSU's players have translated their success from the college to professional spectrum.

Some are role players, others have set unique records and a select few have compiled magical careers. There have been 38 Michigan State players to have played in the ABA or NBA.

In ranking the greatest success stories, the focus was mainly on individual accomplishments in regards to statistics, awards received and team results. Favor was also given to a good player who sustained quality play over an inordinately long career than a great player whose tenure in the league wasn't anything to admire.

These are the five most successful NBA careers played by ex-Spartans, along with the mentioning of a few noteworthy careers that just missed the cut.

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