Ohio State Basketball: Picking an NBA All-Star Team of Former Buckeyes

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2011

Ohio State Basketball: Picking an NBA All-Star Team of Former Buckeyes

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    Ohio State football may be having trouble, but their basketball team is still great and full of some wonderful history.

    They have had numerous players have success in the NBA, but this article will only showcase a few of them.

    Here is an NBA all star team that is focused around only players from the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Bench: Mark Titus

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    Mark Titus was one of the best NBA bloggers in history. Although he never actually played in the NBA, his dream of making "The League" continues. 

    Yes Mark Titus, is one of the greatest Buckeyes in history.

Bench: Kelvin Ransey

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    Ransey was a guard in the NBA and had a decent career. He played for the Portland Trailblazers and the New Jersey Nets in his six seasons in the NBA.

    Ransey averaged 11.4 points per game in the league along with 5.2 points per game. 

Bench: Gary Bradds

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    Gary Bradds was a forward in the NBA and ABA in the 1960s and 1970s. 

    Bradds played for numerous teams in his career but put up decent numbers and was a key player for a lot of teams.

    In the NBA, Bradds played four seasons and averaged 3.3 points per game and two rebounds. Although these numbers weren't great, his numbers in the ABA were better. 

Bench: Jim Cleamons

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    Jim Cleamons played nine seasons in the NBA, and is mainly known for his time in Cleveland and New York. 

    Cleamons was a talented guard who averaged around four assists per game and almost 10 points.  

    Celamons was a great guard and was a tremendous player in the NBA. 

Bench: Jim Jackson

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    Jackson played 14 seasons in the NBA as a guard who was moved around quite often during his time as an player.

    Jackson averaged 14.3 points and almost three assists per game during his career.

    He is known for his great defense and his ability to get the ball around.  

Center: Arnie Risen

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    Arnie Risen is the first of two centers starting for this team. There are two Hall of Fame centers, why not start both of them?

    He spent 10 seasons in the NBA, including time in Boston and Rochester. 

    During his career he averaged 12 points per game and eight rebounds (blocks were not calculated in this period). 

Power Forward: Neil Johnston

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    Although Johnston actually played Center, he is the size of a power forward these days.

    Johnston played eight seasons in the NBA, all with Philly. 

    In his time in the league he averaged 19.4 points per game and 11.3 rebounds.

    The man was a beast in the paint, and would continue to tear it up today if he played in today's NBA. 

Forward: John Havlicek

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    Havlicek played 16 seasons in the NBA all for the Boston Celtics.

    Havlicek averaged 20.8 points per game along with 4.8 assists and 6.3 rebounds with the Celtics.

    He was not only one of the best forwards in the history of the Celtics, but he was one of the best in the history of the league. 

Forward: Jerry Lucas

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    Lucas played for 11 seasons in the NBA and was mainly with Cincinnati.

    Lucas averaged 17 points per game and over 15 rebounds per game, numbers that will never be matched. He was by far one of the best players the NBA has ever seen.

    He not only scored for his team, but he did the dirty work. 

Guard: Derek Anderson

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    Anderson played 11 seasons in the NBA, and although he doesn't have the numbers that the rest of this starting lineup does, he was the best guard NBA wise from Ohio State.

    Anderson averaged 12 points per game and four assists per game.