The Best Player From All 119 Schools Represented in the NBA
Currently there are 119 colleges and universities represented in the NBA. Each school has guys that have made a certain degree of success.
This list serves to figure out who the best player in the league is from each of those 119 schools.
You obviously won't find any Kobe Bryant's, LeBron James', or Dirk Nowitzki's on this list. Just guys who have played ball at an American institution.
Which player is the best from your favorite school? Read on to find out and be sure to let us know what you think.
Alabama is historically more of a football school but they have produced a few pretty good players over the last decade. Mo Williams is probably the best of the bunch playing in the league right now from the Crimson Tide.
Williams was previously the Robin to LeBron James Batman, but now that James is gone, Williams is less Robin and more Nightwing. He may be on his own right now, but he is at his best when he is playing second fiddle.
The Cavs are in the toilet right now, but Williams is a decent piece to start with.
Other Crimson Tide of note:
Andre Iguodala is one of the best wings in the NBA. He seems to have made a leap defensively this season after playing on the Men's National Team in the Fiba World Championships this summer.
Iguodala's scoring is down this year, but Philadelphia is a more balanced team this year and they are in the playoff hunt with him lightening his load.
Arizona was a basketball powerhouse during the 90s and early 2000s. They have produced many NBA players but Iguodala is the best of the bunch.
Other Wildcats of note:
A few years ago James Harden was selected third overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He highlighted a a good Arizona State team that made a big impact in the Pac-10.
He hasn't had the impact expected of him when he made the leap to the NBA, but he is a great addition to a roster that appears to really get along. Coming off the bench seems to suit Harden and the Thunder.
Other Sun Devils of note:
Arkansas is another football school that has not turned out a ton of NBA talent historically. In fact Joe Johnson might not just be the best Razorback in the league right now, he may be the best of all-time.
Johnson is a top-20 player in the league right now and he has helped make the Atlanta Hawks a perennial playoff team.
He may not have had the impact so far this year that warrants the max contract he got in the offseason, but if the Hawks have any chance of making the playoffs, they had to keep Johnson.
Other Razorbacks of note:
Derek Fisher has five NBA Championship rings. Not bad for a relative unknown coming into the NBA out of Arkansas-Little Rock.
Fisher might not be an All-Star or get consideration for postseason awards, but he is a good defensive guard that has come up with big plays his entire career during the playoffs,
While Fisher might never get into the Hall of Fame his career has been littered with memorable moments.
Obviously Marquis Daniels is no Charles Barkley. Heck he is no Chuck Person or even a Wesley Person. However, he is the only Auburn player currently in the NBA.
Daniels is a good bench guard. He has only averaged over 10 points for a season twice during his eight year NBA career.
Daniels is not a phenomenal player but he is a nice addition.
Ekpe Udoh is a rookie this year out of Baylor. He has not made much of an impact yet this year, but after a transferring from Michigan he led the Big 12 in blocks during his only season at Baylor.
Udoh helped build Baylor into a national contender.
Over the next couple of years, Udoh won't be the only Baylor Bear to be in the NBA, but depending on how he progresses, he has the tools to be a great pro.
Chris Andersen went straight from Blinn College to the NBA.
He is actually the only Buccaneer to make it to the NBA.
After struggling with substance abuse early in his NBA career, Andersen appears to be on the straight and narrow. Andersen is very athletic and seems to always make the hustle plays.
Jared Dudley, or JMZ as he is known in the twitter world, is a young NBA player trying to find his place in the NBA world.
Dudley enjoyed a great career at Boston College and was picked by the Phoenix Suns in 2007.
If Dudley were given more minutes in Phoenix I think he has a chance to be a pretty good NBA player, but the Suns have a log jam at small forward. If I were an NBA GM I would be targeting Dudley as someone to go after.
Other Eagles of note:
Anthony Parker has a tough time living up to his sister Candice Parker who is considered one of the best female basketball players in the world.
However, Parker is the best player currently in the NBA from Bradley mainly because he is the only player in the NBA from Bradley, but that is not an indictment of his skills.
After helping lead Butler to the NCAA Championship game in early April, Gordon Hayward was selected ninth overall by the Utah Jazz.
Hayward still has a long way to go before becoming a legit NBA small forward, but if he can get a little stronger and work on his shot a little more, he could end up being a good forward.
Stephen Jackson has always had a ton of skill but that was never the question. Jackson has a tendency to fly off the handle at times.
Jackson would have gone to the University of Arizona but he was ruled academically ineligible so he ended up at Butler County CC. He spent one semester there before jumping to the NBA.
He is the only noted NBA player to come from Butler County CC.
Cal has always been behind UCLA, Arizona, and Stanford to a certain degree in the Pac-10 as far as basketball is concerned. 2009-2010 is the first time the Golden Bears have won a conference championship since 1959-60.
However, the Golden Bears have been able to bring in some pretty talented players.
Jason Kidd will go down as one of the best point guards in the history of the NBA even if he smacked around his wife a little. Kidd's best days may be behind him but he is still the best Cal player in the NBA.
Other Golden Bears of note:
Jermaine Taylor is a young player trying to get his shot. He is just the third UCF player ever to make it to the NBA.
Taylor has been in the league for just over a year and he is already with his third team. Hopefully he can stick with the Sacramento Kings.
Chris Kaman has had a very up and down NBA career. Last season he averaged over 18 points and 9 rebounds a game but this year he has missed quite a bit of time due to injury.
Kaman is the only Chippewa currently in the NBA, but he joins "Thunder" Dan Majerle as notable Central Michigan Alums who have player in the league.
Once upon a time Kenyon Martin was considered one of the best young power forwards in the NBA, however he never quite made the leap developmentally mostly because of injuries.
Martin was one of the better defenders in the league when he helped take New Jersey to back-to-back finals.
K-Mart still possess a ton of athleticism but age is starting to catch up with him.
Other Bearcats of note:
Trevor Booker had a nice career at Clemson averaging over 12 points per game over his four seasons.
This year he is playing his rookie year as a member of the Washington Wizards. He is still a young player trying to find the court, but he has a chance to make an impact if he continues to develop.
The Colorado Buffalos have had a difficult basketball history. Chauncey Billups isn't just the best player associated with Colorado currently playing basketball, he is the best Buff ever.
Billups was nicknamed Mr. Big Shot when he started making a huge impact in the playoffs a few years ago. He has had the privilege of playing at least part of his career in his hometown.
Jason Smith is just the second Ram to be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft. The Rams have a fairly poor basketball history but Smith was the last good player they had.
In the NBA Smith has been a good bench player during his three years in the league, but I doubt he has much higher to go.
When all is said and done Ray Allen could end up being a Hall of Fame player. He is already one of the best shooters in NBA history but if he can help the Celtics to another title he could be catapulted into the five best shooting guards of the last 20 years.
Allen is a product of the University of Connecticut and legendary coach Jim Calhoun. He has also made the greatest impact of all the guys Calhoun coached.
Other Huskies of note:
Kyle Korver is one of the best shooters in the NBA and he has added a lot to the Bulls this season.
Korver was drafted by the Nets in 2003 before being dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers before spending a singe day with New Jersey.
The shooting guard from Lakewood, California signed a free agent contract this year with the Bulls.
Other Bluejays of note:
Stephen Curry rose to prominence during his freshman season at Davidson. He finished second in the NCAA in scoring among freshman at 21.5 points per game.
The baby-faced guard then became a household name during his sophomore and junior seasons when he lit up the scoreboard for the Wildcats.
He was drafted by the Warriors with the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Curry put questions about his size and position to rest early on in his career and he is one of the up and coming guards in the NBA.
Wilson Chandler has really come into his own this year for the Knicks.
In a contract year the 6-foot-8 forward is averaging a career high 17.4 points per game for the run and gun Knicks.
If Chandler weren't having a career year and if Quentin Richardson were having a bigger impact on the Magic this year, he would probably get the nod here.
Other Blue Demons of note:
Willie Green has been an unheralded player for much of his life but for his career his is just under 10 points per game.
This season Green has been a nice addition to the Hornets bench. However, he is taking time away from Marcus Thornton.
Green is the only player in the league from Detroit right now.
I know Carlos Boozer has not been healthy for a lot of this season, but honestly of all the Duke players in the league right now he is the guys that I would want to build my team around.
Boozer is a true power forward who is great at the pick-and-roll game. He is a threat for a 20 and 10 on any night.
Honestly, you could pick quite a few Dukies but Boozer has to be the best.
Other Blue Devils of note:
Earl Boykins is the smallest player in the NBA standing at 5-foot-5, but his scoring numbers have been huge at times during his career.
After spending the 2007-08 season playing overseas, Boykins came back into the NBA to continue his career.
The only other Eagle of note to play in the NBA is San Antonio great George "Ice Man" Gervin. That is a cool group of alumni.
Just a few years Rodney Stuckey looked like he was poised to be one of the best young point guards in the NBA, however he has not yet lived up to that high praise.
Stuckey is leading the Pistons in scoring this year at 15.6 points per game, but Detroit is currently 11th in the Eastern Conference standings.
He might still be a legit point guard but if he is the best guy on your team, there is going to be trouble.
Before tearing ligaments in his thumb, Joakim Noah was one of the best young centers in the league. However, he has been out since having surgery Dec. 16.
Noah was part of a Florida Gators team that won two straight NCAA Titles.
Although Noah looks like a he took a few licks from the ugly stick, he has turned out to be a much better NBA player than I thought he would be.
Other Gators of note:
Honestly this one was a toss up between Raja Bell and Carlos Arroyo. I went with Bell because Kobe Bryant was trying to get him to sign with the Lakers this year. If Kobe signs off on you as a great defender, that is good enough for me.
Bell has been considered one of the best defensive players for the past few years.
His addition to the Jazz made them immediate threats to the Lakers in the Western Conference this season.
Other Golden Panthers of note:
After starting his career at Auburn, Toney Douglas transferred to Florida State where he finished his career. While in college Douglas played both point and shooting guard during his career. He had a knack for scoring averaging 21.5 points a game his senior year.
Douglas was drafted by the Lakers originally but he was traded to the Knicks for a second round pick and cash.
Over his two years Douglas has averaged just under 10 points a game. He has shown some great promise and I think he will be a very good NBA player going forward.
Other Seminoles of note:
Paul George is in his rookie year for the Pacers and he has not made much of an impact that one might expect from the 10th overall pick.
George has only played in 18 games this season and is averaging just under six points a game. He has gone over double digits four times, including three times since the end of November.
While he has not shown much yet, George can be an explosive scorer if he is given the opportunity,
Other Bulldogs of note:
There was a time when Georgetown was the class of college basketball. They produced quality NBA players seemingly every year.
While no current Hoyas are on par with Patrick Ewing or Allen Iverson, there are some pretty good Georgetown players on NBA rosters.
Jeff Green is the highlight of Georgetown guys in the NBA. He is a great addition to the Oklahoma City Thunder and he is a Lamar Odom in the making due to his size and skill set.
Other Hoyas of note:
Currently Georgia has just two former players on NBA rosters. Sundiata Gaines is the only one that has made an impact in the NBA over the past few years.
The first three point basket Gaines hit in his NBA career was a game winner against the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James. Gaines is a young player who is just trying to stick on a roster, but he is still a guy that I would want on my team.
Other Bulldogs of note:
Chris Bosh was part of the vaunted 2003 NBA draft class that brought us the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade.
Bosh might be the third best player on his team but he is the best of a quality group of former Georgia Tech players to be playing currently in the NBA. Bosh is also probably among the best Yellow Jackets to ever play in the league.
Derrick Favors could end up passing Bosh, but he still has a ways to go in his young career.
Other Yellow Jackets of note:
If Adam Morrison hadn't blown out his knee so early in his career, he might be among the best players ever to come out of Gonzaga, rivaling John Stockton. However, now that Morrison is out of the league, the title falls to another.
Ronny Turiaf is one of the more underrated players in the NBA. He is a great post defender and he can score when need be.
He is another guy that I would target if I were putting together an NBA franchise.
Other Zags of note:
Jeremy Lin is more likely to be mistaken for a rec team player than an NBA player and that has more to do with the fact that he went to Harvard and less to do with his heritage.
Lin is the first American born NBA player of Chinese descent to play in a game. After going undrafted in 2010 Lin was signed by the Golden State Warriors. He has bounced back and forth between the Warriors and the NBA D-League, but he is a crowd favorite when he comes into the games.
No other Harvard player has played in the NBA since 1955.
Anthony Carter has enjoyed a long NBA career after going undrafted out of Hawaii. He has been in the league since 1999 but it is not until he became a member of the Nuggets in 2007 that he has really gotten any recognition.
Carter may not be at the top of the heap as far as NBA players are concerned, but he is a good back up guard when needed.
Deron Williams has quickly catapulted himself to the top of the NBA when it comes to point guards. He and Chris Paul have developed a healthy rivalry over the past few years.
Williams has fantastic size and is a great scoring point guard.
Despite his NBA success, it is hard to forget the shot that Williams hit in his final year at Illinois during an NCAA tournament game against Arizona.
Other Illini of note:
Eric Gordon is one of my favorite players to watch in the NBA. He is a threat to drop 40 points on any given night and he seems like he has the body of someone who is capable of taking a beating without damage.
The only shame of Gordon's career is that it has been occurring in the relative vacuum of the Los Angeles Clippers.
If Gordon were playing in New York or for a team that has a bigger fan base, he would be considered an MVP candidate.
Other Hoosiers of note:
George Hill comes from that basketball powerhouse IUPUI. In fact, he is the only notable NBA player ever to come out of that university.
Hill is averaging 11.3 points per game this year and has become a very good bench player for the Spurs and he deserves some mention as a possible sixth man of the year candidate.
Reggie Evans' claim to fame while in the NBA is grabbing Chris Kaman of the Clippers in the nether regions. Aside from that Evans has not done much with his career.
Evans is one of the few players to come into the NBA out of Iowa. Evans joins Ricky Davis and Ryan Bowen as the only players to come out of Iowa over the past few years. Evans is the only one still playing.
After some success under Tim Floyd and Larry Eustachy Iowa State rose to prominence and had some pretty good NBA players. However, after Eustachy resigned the Cyclones saw a drop off.
Currently Brackins is the only former Iowa State player in the NBA. He is a promising young rookie for the 76ers. He is averaging just four points per game in limited time, but he has skill to become a future stud.
Paul Pierce will go down as one of the best Celtics of All-Time. That in itself is a pretty magnificent feat.
Pierce has played for two of the most storied basketball teams in any level of basketball. First Kansas then Boston.
After one NBA Championship and a second NBA Finals appearance, Pierce has become the alpha dog for the Eastern Conferences best team.
Other Jayhawks of note:
After a tumultuous start to his NBA career in Miami, Michael Beasley has had a rebirth in Minnesota. Beasley is averaging a career high 20.6 points per game, raising his average by nearly six points.
Beasley is a walking mismatch. He has the size and strength of a power forward, but the speed and skill of a small forward and playing alongside Kevin Love has helped lessen the load for the former Wildcat.
It is unknown is Beasley will be the guy to help take the Timberwolves back to the playoffs but he certainly had an impact during his short time at Kansas State.
Other Wildcats of note:
When Rajon Rondo was drafted a few years ago he was just a young kid who had mild success at Kentucky. Few envisioned he would become one of the best point guards in the NBA.
Rondo might struggle shooting from the outside, but he is unbelievably adept at getting to the rim and finding the open man. In fact, Rondo is averaging over 13 assists per game this year and he is a threat to record a triple double on any given night.
If I were starting an NBA team right now, Rondo might be one of the first few guys I would pick. Not because of the scoring threat but because of how skilled he is leading a team. John Wall might seize the title of Best Wildcat in the next few years, but right now Rondo holds the belt.
Other Wildcats of note:
Rasual Butler, aside from having an awesome name, is a very good shooter coming off the bench for the Los Angeles Clippers.
He will never be more than just a decent NBA bench player, but for a school with a small sample size of NBA talent, that is okay for the Explorers.
A few years ago Shaquille O'Neal would have been the easy pick. However, Shaq is on the tail end of a Hall of Fame career and Glen Davis looks like the best Tiger in the NBA right now.
When Davis was at LSU I thought there was no way he would be a good pro, but he proved me wrong. He isn't just a fat guy to take up space either.
Big Baby has some real skill and touch around the basket.
Other Tigers of note:
Paul Millsap and Karl Malone have a lot in common. Aside from them both being Utah Jazz power forwards, they also are both from Louisiana Tech.
After former Jazz forward Carlos Boozer decided to sign with the Chicago Bulls, Millsap became the starter and so far he has not disappointed. He is averaging a career high 17 points a game this year.
Millsap is also the only player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rebounding for three straight years.
Francisco Garcia has not been quite as good as I thought he would be when he came into the league in 2005. However, he is a good role player for one of the younger teams in the NBA.
This year Garcia is averaging just under 10 points a game as the starting small forward for the Kings.
Other Cardinals of note:
This might be the easiest selection on this list because Dwyane Wade might be the best player ever to come out of Marquette. If he isn't the best ever from Marquette, he is definitely on the list.
Wade is a top-10 player in the NBA right now and he is the leading scorer on what could end up being the best team in the league.
Here are some of Wade's career highlight; 2006 NBA Champion, 2006 NBA Finals MVP, six time All-Star, 2009 NBA scoring champion, two time All-NBA first team, two time All-NBA second team, three time All-Defensive second team, 2010 All-Star Game MVP. No other Golden Eagle can match that resume.
Other Golden Eagles of note:
Marshall has not had much of a history in basketball. In fact the haven't been in the NCAA Tournament since 1987. However, Hassan Whiteside is the best player to play for the Thundering Herd for quite some time.
After playing just one season at Marshall, Whiteside was selected as the Conference USA defensive player of the year and freshman of the year.
So far in his short NBA career, Whiteside has only appeared in a single NBA game and is yet to score a basket.
Steve Blake was a big free agent pick up for the World Champion Lakers this offseason. The Lakers are actually the sixth different team for Blake during his seven years in the league.
This season Blake is averaging 4.5 points a game off the bench, but he provides a lot more than just scoring for the Lakers. He helps stabilize one of the most skilled benches in the NBA.
He also brings a winning mentality to a team that likes to win. Blake was part of a Maryland team that won a National Championship when he was in college.
Other Terrapins of note:
Ever since the departure of head coach John Calipari in 1996, the Minutemen have not had nearly the same success. Much of Calipari's success while at UMass was do to Marcus Camby.
Despite being in the NBA for 14 seasons, Camby is still one of the better defensive centers in the league.
This year, with the Portland Trailblazers, Camby is averaging just under six points a game but is fifth in the NBA in rebounding at 11.3 boards per game.
No player has made as big a leap this year as Derrick Rose. He was already one of the best young point guards in the NBA, but after playing in the World Championships this summer, Rose has taken his game to another level.
He is averaging career highs in points (24.7), assists (8), and rebounds (4.7) for a Bulls team that is on the rise.
Rose only played in one season at Memphis, but he helped lead that team to the Final Four and came within a miraculous shot by Kansas' Mario Chalmers of a Nation Championship.
Other Tigers of note:
Few players have as interesting a basketball background as Jamario Moon. After graduating high school, Moon attended Meridian Community College for one season where he averaged over 20 points and 8 rebounds per game. He then made himself eligible for the 2001 NBA draft.
After going undrafted, Moon saw himself play for 15 professional basketball teams in seven different professional basketball league, including the Harlem Globetrotters, from 2001-2007 before eventually signing with the Raptors to play in the NBA.
Moon is not the only former Eagle to make the NBA, but he is the only current NBA player to play in the NBA and he is the only guy to leave from Meridian CC straight for the NBA, in a relative way of speaking.
John Salmons might be one of the most underrated players in the NBA. He is currently playing in his ninth NBA season and is averaging 13.8 points per game this year.
Last year Salmons was averaging a career high 19.9 points per game after being traded from the Bulls to the Bucks. Talk about your under the radar scorer.
During his nine years, Salmons has played for four teams.
Other Hurricanes of note:
Jamal Crawford is one of the most explosive scorers in the NBA and he comes off the bench for the Hawks.
During his two seasons with Atlanta, Crawford has not started a single game and is averaging about 17 points per game.
Crawford was drafted out of Michigan after just a single season in Ann Arbor. It is pretty miraculous how far the Wolverines have dropped off after the days of the Fab Five. Currently Michigan only has three NBA players.
Other Wolverines of note:
Zach Randolph played in just a single season at Michigan State before making the leap to the NBA.
Randolph entered the league into one of the worst situations imaginable. He was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers, or the Jail-Blazers as they were known as at that time. Randolph was a part of one of the teams with the worst reputations in NBA history.
Since he moved to the Memphis Grizzlies, Randolph has been one of the better power forwards in the NBA. This season he is averaging over 20 points and 13 rebounds per game.
Other Spartans of note:
After spending most of his career on the bench in Utah and Toronto, Kris Humphries is finally showing what he can do during his first full season in New Jersey.
This year with the Nets, Humphries already has started more games than the rest of his season combined. He is averaging career highs in minutes, points, rebounds, and assists.
His skill has also caught the eye of one Kim Kardashian.
Other Golden Gophers of note:
Terrico White played his college ball of Ole Miss, which hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 2002.
He was a second round draft pick by the Pistons this year and he has not yet made his NBA debut.
Erick Dampier has been nothing more than a defensive big man for most of his career. He has averaged double digits in scoring just twice during his 14 years in the NBA and this season he is averaging a career low 1.5 points per game coming off the bench.
Dampier is one of those guys that always seems to find a job in the NBA despite the fact that he hasn't been good since 2003. However, teams keep turning to him when they need help in the front court.
Other Bulldogs of note:
Linas Kleiza may be a Lithuanian National player, but he also grew up in America and attended Missouri for his college career.
Klezia made a name for himself on the Denver Nuggets where he played sparingly for his first few years before becoming a key bench player in 2007-08 when the Nuggets became title contenders.
Despite some NBA success, Kleiza spent the 2009-10 season playing in Europe before returning to the NBA this season to play with the Raptors.
Other Tigers of note:
Shawn Marion is in his 11th season in the NBA. His game has been on the decline over the past few years after departing from the Phoenix Suns, but he has developed into a good scoring threat off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks.
Marion is a high flying forward that can also play some very good defense. He is also widely considered as a guy with the ugliest jump shot in NBA history.
Other Runnin' Rebels of note:
JaVale McGee is the first son of a former WNBA player to play in the NBA. His mother Pamela McGee is a former Los Angeles Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs player.
McGee plays center for the Wizards but he is skilled enough to play either forward position. His athleticism is what really sets him apart from other guys his size and that athleticism will be on display during the 2011 Slam Dunk contest in a few weeks.
Other Wolf Pack of note:
Danny Granger is one of the best scoring wings in the NBA right now. He has averaged over 20 points a game for the last three seasons and he made an appearance on the Men's National team this summer that won the World Championships.
Granger originally started his college career at Bradley before transferring to New Mexico before his junior year.
In 2009 Granger was named to the All-Star team and was voted the most improved player in the league.
After spending the first five years of his NBA career in Charlotte, Raymond Felton has had a rebirth in his first season with the Knicks.
This year Felton is averaging career highs in both points (17.5) and assists (8.7) while helping to rebuild New York's proud franchise.
After his performance this year, Felton has catapulted himself to the top of the list of former North Carolina players currently in the NBA.
Other Tarheels of note:
With the departure of LeBron James the Cavaliers have gone in the toilet. However J.J. Hickson has been one of the few bright spots in Cleveland this season.
He hasn't been lighting the world on fire, but he is averaging a career high 11 points per game this season and six rebounds per game.
Other Wolfpack of note:
Jose Juan Barea was born and raised in Puerto Rico before moving to the US before his senior year in high school. After graduation, Barea played his college days at Northeastern.
By the time he left Northeastern he was second all-time on the school's scoring list, second in assists and first in three pointers made.
After going undrafted out of Northeaster, Barea was signed by the Dallas Mavericks after a successful summer league showing. Now he is in his fifth season with the Mavs.
This season Troy Murphy has been barely used by the New Jersey Nets. He has really been thought of as a trade piece more than anything else. But even in limited time, Murphy is still the best former Notre Dame player in the league right now.
Murphy has been averaging a career low 3.6 points per game this year in just 18 games.
If Murphy gets traded I expect his numbers to really make a jump.
Other Fighting Irish of note:
Mike Conley gets the nod here because the other guys that would probably take this spot from him have been dealing with injuries. Both Greg Oden and Michael Redd are in that boat. Evan Turner is another guy that could have taken this spot if he were having a better rookie season.
Conley is averaging a career high 13.1 points and 6.7 assists this season and he got a big contract extension this year that may have been a little richer than he deserved.
The good news is that Conley is still young and has a chance to be a good pro if he continues progressing he could end up being a good pro.
Other Buckeyes of note:
Not enough can be said about the things Blake Griffin is doing this season. After missing all of last year with a knee injury, Griffin is not only the rookie of the year, he is also probably a top-10 player already.
I am very surprised that Griffin is having the success that he is so far. He is doing things that I thought he would never be doing.
Despite sharing a city with the world champions, Griffin and the Clippers are the talk of Los Angeles and that is really a more of a testament to his skill than anything else.
Other Sooners of note:
Joey Graham was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers to lessen the impact of LeBron James' departure, however he has been battling injuries so far this season that have kept him from helping out much.
Graham and his twin brother Stephen both transferred to Oklahoma State after starting their college careers at Central Florida.
Other Cowboys of note:
Larry Owens has only played in four games during his NBA career after spending a lot of time in the NBA D-League.
Owens is one of the few players to come out of Oral Roberts and he hopes to stick with the Spurs who signed him to a 10-day contract.
After a fantastic college career at Oregon, Aaron Brooks is starting to make his mark on the NBA. Despite being slowed by injuries this season he is still averaging 12.8 points per game this year.
Brooks might be diminutive by NBA standards, however he is huge when it comes to basketball skill.
Oregon has not had much on an impact on the NBA since the likes of Stan Love, but Brooks hopes to change the fortunes of Duke basketball.
Other Ducks of note:
DeJuan Blair has no ACLs in his knees but he is a starting forward for the best team in the NBA and he is the best former Pitt Panther playing in the pros today.
Blair was a steal for the Spurs late in the second round of the NBA draft in 2009. So far Blair has gone from a high risk player to a high reward for San Antonio.
If the Spurs continue to have success this year, Blair will be a big reason for it.
Other Panthers of note:
Pooh Jeter went undrafted out of Portland in 2006, however after some time in the D-League and three different European teams, he has landed with the Sacramento Kings.
Jeter has appeared in 29 games this year and is averaging 4.3 points per game.
Ryan Gomes was one of the most productive power forwards in college basketball history. He is one of just 98 players to score 2,000 or more points and get 1,000 or more rebounds during his college career.
In the pros Gomes had to transition from power forward to small forward. While the transition has not been smooth, Gomes has has a good career so far.
Currently Gomes is with the Clippers and is splitting time with talented rookie Al-Farouq Aminu.
Brad Miller has had a fairly productive career in the NBA. His high skill set has made him one of the better centers in the league during his 12 years in the NBA.
He has a career average of 11.6 points per game and 7.4 rebounds. However we are lucky he has made it this far in his career.
In 2002, while with the Bulls, Miller employed the Hack-a-Shaq method against Shaquille O'Neal. Shaq retaliated by trying to punch Miller. If the punch had connected I think he would still be out cold.
Other Boilermakers of note:
Lamar Odom is one of the rarest talents in the NBA. He is a 6-foot-10 point forward with a nose for rebounding the ball and three point range. If he has just a little more shooting skill he would be among the 10 best players in the league.
Odom originally attended UNLV for college but he ended up transferring after it was found that he had been receiving money from a booster. He then played at Rhode Island for a single year before leaving for the NBA.
Jason Thompson is one of the most promising young big-men in the NBA right now.
In his third year, Thompson has a career average of 11.2 points and 7.6 rebounds a game. This year, his numbers have taken a dip because of the addition of DeMarcus Cousins.
Hamady N'Diaye is a native of Dakar, Senegal, but he came to the United States for high school.
N'Diaye was named Big East defensive player of the year after last season and was selected late in the second round this year.
As a member of the Wizards, N'Diaye played in just four games before being sent to the D-League.
When Steve Nash was a senior in high school not many people had ever heard of the guard from Canada. However Santa Clara's head coach wanted Nash badly. "I"was nervous as hell just hoping that no one else would see him," Dick Davey said. "It didn't take a Nobel Prize winner to figure out this guy's pretty good. It was just a case of hoping that none of the big names came around."
After a successful career at Santa Clara Nash was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 1996.
14 NBA seasons and two MVPs later and Nash is one of the most well respected guards in the NBA.
Samuel Dalembert is one of the best shot blocking centers over the past decade. After spending most of his career in Philadelphia, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings this year.
Seton Hall has a rich basketball history and Dalembert is the last player to come from that school to make much of an impact in the league.
Other Pirates of note:
Renaldo Balkman made a name for himself while at South Carolina as a defensive guy that plays bigger than his size. He has been compared to Dennis Rodman and Ron Artest in that sense.
Balkman started his career with the Knicks before being traded to the Nuggets.
While he has not yet made much of an impact, Balkman is a quality role player.
After starting his college career at Dayton State College, Solomon Jones transferred to South Florida to finish his school days before heading to the NBA draft.
Jones is nothing more than a reserve center/forward, but he is one of the few NBA players to come out of South Florida.
Other Bulls of note:
Quinton Ross graduated from SMU in 2003 after averaging 14.8 points over his four-year career for the Mustangs.
Ross has has his bright moments during his career, but he is nothing more than a decent bench player.
Ron Artest has had one of the most tumultuous NBA careers of note. After winning the 2003-04 NBA defensive player of the year, Artest was the central figure of a brawl between the Pistons and Pacers where Artest went into the crowd to fight a Pistons fan.
Since being suspended by the NBA, Artest has been steadily declining over the past few years.
Last year, his first with the Lakers, Artest won his first championship.
Jameer Nelson has been one of the better point guards in the NBA when he is healthy. However, when he misses time, the Magic have been in the tank.
Prior to coming to the NBA, Nelson and college teammate Delonte West formed what was considered the best backcourt in the NCAA. That year St. Joe's was 27-0 during the regular season before losing in the Atlantic 10 conference.
Over the course of his NBA career, Nelson has made an All-Star team (2009) and was on a team that made it to the NBA finals where they fell to the Lakers.
Other Hawks of note:
Patty Mills is the first Indigenous Australian or Aboriginal to play in the NBA.
After a successful college career at St. Mary's Mills left school early to enter the NBA draft. He was picked 55th overall in the draft by the Portland Trail Blazers
After struggling to see the court during his rookie year, Mills is averaging 6 points per game for Portland.
Stanford has had two sets of twin 7-foot centers play in Palo Alto over the past decade. However, of the four Brook Lopez has to be considered the best pro so far.
He is one of the lone bright spots for a Nets team that threatened the worst record in NBA history last year.
Over his short career, Lopez has averaged over 16 points per game and nearly 8 rebounds.
Other Cardinal of note:
Carmelo Anthony was the third overall pick in the vaunted 2003 NBA draft. Up until this point he has played his entire career with the Denver Nuggets but that could be coming to an end soon.
Anthony has averaged over 24 points per game over the course of his career and he has turned the Nuggets into one of the perennial contenders in the Western Conference.
During his one season at Syracuse, Anthony helped lead the Orange to the National Championship.
Other Orange of note:
C.J. Watson went undrafted out of Tennessee in 2006, but after spending time in Europe and in the D-League, Watson was signed by the Golden State Warriors.
This year, Watson is playing for the Bulls as a back up point guard for Derrick Rose. He is averaging under five points per game this year after a career high 10.3 average last season.
Watson is actually the only former Vol to be in the league this year, but with the jump that program has taken over the last few years, it seems likely that he will have company in the coming years.
With every basket Kevin Durant makes the Portland Trail Blazers fans die a little bit inside. After all they could have taken Durant with the top pick in the NBA draft in 2007. Instead they took Greg Oden who has played just 82 total games to Durant's 275 games.
Durant played just a single season at Texas but he did enough in that one season to have his number retired by the university.
While Durant has had a bunch of success so far, it seems like we are just grazing the surface of how good Durant will end up being when all is said and done. He could end up as one of the best players in NBA history when he finally hangs it up.
Other Longhorns of note:
DeAndre Jordan is starting to make his leap this year into the conversation for best young centers. His athleticism is second to just Blake Griffin on the Clippers and he has given them a shot blocker to play along side Griffin in the frontcourt.
Jordan still has a long way to go but if he keeps progressing like he has been, I think he has a bright future ahead of him.
Other Aggies of note:
Kurt Thomas is in his 16th season out of TCU and he is playing on his eighth team during his career.
Thomas has never been one of the elite players in the NBA, in fact he has only averaged double digits in scoring five times. He has also never made an All-Star game or been mentioned for any post season recognition.
The one thing that Thomas can claim is that he is one of just three players to lead the NCAA in both scoring and rebounding.
Jeff Foster is currently in his 12th NBA season, all of which have come as a member of the Indiana Pacers.
Over his career Foster has averaged just five points per game but he has also averaged seven rebounds to go along with that.
Foster has never been considered a franchise center, but he has been a quality presence for the Pacers over his entire career.
Tony Battie has always been considered a good defensive big man who has a knack for grabbing key rebounds and blocking shots.
Battie finished his career at Tech as the all-time leading shot blocker with 162 over his career.
The biggest moment of Battie's career actually probably came off the court. On Sept. 25, 2000 Battie and his brother were on hand to rush Battie's teammate Paul Pierce to the hospital after Piece was stabbed 11 times. If Battie hadn't been there Piece might have died.
After starting his career with the Louisville Cardinals, Derrick Caracter finished his college days at UTEP.
Caracter was drafted by the World Champion Lakers in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft. He has helped add depth to the Lakers frontcourt.
After going undrafted out of Towson in 2007, Gary Neal spent time with a few European teams before eventually landing with the San Antonio Spurs this year.
This year, Neal's rookie year, he has averaged 8.7 points per game off the bench for the team with the best record in the NBA.
Ben Uzoh was a star at Tulsa before heading to the NBA in the 2010 draft.
He ended up going undrafted before signing as a free agent with the Nets. Just after the start of the year, Uzoh was signed to a guaranteed contract to finish the season in New Jersey.
UCLA has the most storied college basketball program in history and they have been continuing that legacy by having the most current NBA players.
This was the hardest selection in this entire slideshow so I decided to just call it a tie between Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook.
The former college teammates have both been incredible during their young NBA careers.
Love not only leads the NBA in rebounding but he is averaging an impressive 20 points and 15 rebounds which hasn't been done since Moses Malone did it in 1982-83. Malone also won the MVP that season. Love also became the first player to have a 30 point 30 rebound game since Malone in 1982.
Westbrook also deserves mention because he has quickly become one of the best point guards in the league. He is averaging over 22 points per game and over 8 assists in his third season.
Other Bruins of note:
Luc RIchard Mbah a Moute
O.J. Mayo had an interesting college career to say the least. He was a highly recruited guard that chose to play at USC and now we know that he chose the Trojans over some other top programs because he was being paid illegally.
As a result of his extra benefits, USC was given some pretty hefty penalties.
As a player though, Mayo is a very talented shooting guard. he has a great jump shot and he can be a very good defender when he chooses to be.
Other Trojans of note:
After being drafted with the first overall pick in 2005 Andrew Bogut has had his ups and downs with the Milwaukee Bucks. He has mostly had struggles with injuries.
Last year, Bogut was having his best statistical season before he took a spill after a dunk. Bogut dislocated his elbow and broke his wrist.
This season Bogut is getting some mention as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate.
Other Utes of note:
After starting his college career as a walk-on at Nicholls State, Ronnie Price decided to transfer Utah State where he became a scoring sensation.
After three years at Utah Valley, Price was named to the Utah Valley Hall of Fame.
After going undrafted, Price was signed to a free agent contract with the Kings. Now Price is a member of the Utah Jazz where he is a reliable option off the bench.
Shan Foster was selected 51st in the 2008 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks.
Foster spent the 2008-09 season playing in Italy and is yet to actually see time in a game for the Mavs, but he is still a member of the team.
After two years at Villanova, Kyle Lowry was drafted 24th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Now in his fifth season, Lowry is averaging double-digits in points for the first time and has raised his assist average by two. Lowry should definitely be getting some consideration for most improved player this season.
Other Wildcats of note:
Roger Mason Jr. bounced around to start his NBA career. He was drafted by the Bulls in 2002-03 who then traded him to the Raptors during the 2003-04 season. After spending time in Europe, Mason was then signed by his hometown Washington Wizards.
It wasn't until the 2008-09 season, his first with the San Antonio Spurs where Mason finally became a household name. That season he started 71 games and averaged 11.8 points per game.
This year Mason is playing for the Knicks and has not gotten much playing time.
As a senior at VCU, Eric Maynor became one of the biggest names in college basketball. That year he averaged 22.4 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game.
He was then drafted by the Utah Jazz before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder to be a backup guard.
Maynor has not had much of an impact in the NBA yet, but he is still young and talented.
Other Rams of note:
Reggie Williams became the state of Virginia's all-time Division I career scoring leader with 2,526 points after four seasons at VMI.
Williams also led the NCAA in scoring twice over his college career before making the leap to professional basketball.
This is Williams first full season in the NBA after spending a year in Europe and another in the D-League. Last year in 24 games for the Warriors, Williams averaged over 15 points per game.
After a college career that saw Zabian Dowdell average 14.5 points over his four years at Virginia Tech, the former Hokie has made his NBA debut this season.
The guard has only played in two games this season and is averaging just two points per game.
While he has made very little impact during his career, Dowdell is still looking to stick in the league.
Once upon a time, Ben Wallace was considered one of the best defensive big men of the last few decades. In fact, he was voted the leagues Defensive player of the year four times and helped lead the Pistons to a world championship over the Lakers.
However Wallace has been on the decline over the past few years since he first left the Pistons.
Wallace still has some talent on the defensive side, but it is sad to see just how far he has dropped off over the past few years.
Chris Paul is one of the best point guards in the league, however after a knee injury robbed him of most of his 2009-10 season, Paul has been struggling to recapture the explosiveness that made him an MVP candidate.
It is hard to talk about Wake Forest players without mentioning Tim Duncan who is probably the best Demon Deacon ever to to play in the NBA, but Duncan's decline has opened the door for Paul to take the title as best Deacon in the league right now.
If Paul can prove that he is healthy, he could be one day go down as one of the best pure point guards in recent history.
Other Demon Deacons of note:
Nate Robinson has been considered somewhat of a sideshow act for much of his career, but actually the former Husky is a very skilled guard with unbelievable explosiveness for his size.
Robinson actually played some football during his time at Washington. He was a defensive back and I think that has made him one of the toughest players in the league,
The only reason Robinson gets the nod here is because I am not convinced that Brandon Roy will ever be the same player he once was. He had bad knees when he came into the league and now it looks like they have finally failed him.
Other Huskies of note:
After two seasons playing for Bob Huggins at West Virginia Devin Ebanks was picked in the second round by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ebanks is a developing small forward with a bright future. He is a skilled rebounder for his size and he is a great defender.
If he continues to develop he could end up being a key bench player for the Lakers in the future.
Kevin Martin is one of the most explosive scorers in the NBA despite his funky looking shot and lack of defensive presence.
Martin was picked in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft out of Western Carolina. He played in Sacramento for six seasons before being traded to the Houston Rockets last year.
He has averaged 18 points over the course of his seven NBA seasons and this year he is 11th in the entire league in scoring.
Courtney Lee made the leap to the NBA in 2008 after being named the Sun-Belt Player of the Year.
Lee was an immediate success in Orlando for the Magic. During his rookie year, the Magic actually made the NBA finals where they lost to the Lakers.
Despite success in Orlando, he was part of a trade that sent him to the Nets. Now, in his third year, Lee is on his third team.
Devin Harris is one of the best scoring point guard in the NBA right now. However, he has been playing on one of the worst teams in the NBA for the past few years so maybe it isn't a good thing when Harris is the best player on your team.
Despite an NBA career spent on a struggling team, Harris is one of the best players in the history of Wisconsin.
In 2004, Harris was named Big Ten player of the year before being drafted fifth overall in the draft.
Theo Ratliff has been considered one of the better defensive centers in the league during his 15 NBA seasons. However, the last time he was a full time starter, it was the 2002-03 season.
This year, Ratliff's 16th in the NBA, he was signed to shore up the Lakers bench as a back up center. He has missed much of the season to this point with a knee injury and it is unclear just how much he will play for the remainder of the season.
David West has been one of the better forwards in the league ever since Chris Paul came into the NBA.
He has averaged at least 17 points per game since 2005-06, peaking at 21 points per game in 2008-09.
Xavier has never been considered a basketball powerhouse, but ever since West was in school there, they have been the class of the Atlantic 10.
Other Musketeers of note: