When did UCLA basketball become so ordinary?
The school has a top notch coach in Ben Howland, outstanding recruits each and every year, and a winning tradition that dwarfs 95 percent of the other programs in the NCAA. And, yet, they are struggling to beat mediocre opponents in a weak Pac-10 Conference.
UCLA is the home of the Legend, the Wizard of Westwood, the coach, John Wooden. This is the school that won 10 national titles in 12 years under Wooden from 1964 to 1975, and another under Jim Harrick in 1995. Howland’s teams went to the Final Four three years in a row, from 2006-08.
So why, for goodness sake, can’t the Bruins get back to the top of college basketball’s upper echelon? Just what is their problem? Where has all the talent gone?
Look no further than the glistening hardwoods around the National Basketball Association. There happens to be an offensive juggernaut roaming around the NBA that most people are unaware of. Meet the NBA version of the UCLA Bruins, all 14 of them, who together form the nucleus of some of the league’s most exciting talent.
If you owned a new NBA franchise and had the opportunity to take a 14-man roster that collectively averaged 130 points per game, you’d take it in a heartbeat, wouldn’t you? Considering that the New York Knicks, at 107 points, lead the league in scoring, how could you possibly say no to this group?
As NBA teams jostle for position and look for personnel to beef up their rosters and make a run during the playoffs, perhaps no group of former college greats from the same team can offer up as much value as these UCLA Bruins.
Let’s take a closer look at the NBA’s most dominant former college fantasy team, starting with the least and finishing with a beast.