All Anything: Arizona State University to the NBA
To coincide with the All Anything NBA teams, I decided on going with an all Arizona State University to NBA team. This would be my five-man starting lineup for an All ASU team.
Now one of the best players in ASU history is not on this list due to the fact that he did not have a great NBA career or much of one at all. Michael Batiste, for those who don't know of him (wiki him), attended ASU from 1995-1999 and was named to the All Pac-10 first team in 1998-1999.
He did not go on to have a great NBA career, only playing for the Grizzlies in the 2002-2003 season in 75 games averaging 6.4ppg. He then moved on the Panathinaikos of the Greek League, also known as one of the top three best teams in all of Europe. Since being there he has earned the Greek League award for best forward in the league.
Now on to the list of players who actually have been in the NBA and have stuck there. There aren't many from which to choose, but here they are—my starting lineup for ASU basketball.
PG: 2007/2008 Eddie House
The 37th pick in the second round of the 2000 NBA draft, Eddie House has been a journeyman within the league, having played for eight teams in his eight-year NBA career. A former Pac-10 Player of the Year in college, House was able to light it up from almost anywhere for the Sun Devils—including a 61-point effort vs. Cal.
House got back on the NBA map with the Phoenix Suns in the 05-06 season, scoring 9.8 ppg. Of course, he had his biggest role last season with the world champion Boston Celtics. Although House averaged only 7.5 ppg during the regular season it was his leadership and incredible hustle that led the Celtics to the world title.
SG: 1987/1988 Byron Scott
The fourth overall pick in the 1983 draft, Scott had a long and successful career, winning three NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 1987-1988 season proved to be Scott's best. He averaged a Laker best for that season, 21.7 ppg, to go along with 1.91 spg.
He was the Lakers' starting shooting guard from the 1984 season until the 1993 season. He also won a Greek League and European Championship playing for Panathinaikos.
He is now the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets where he most recently won the NBA 2007-2008 Coach of the Year.
SF: 1977/1978 Lionel Hollins
The sixth overall pick of the 1975 NBA draft, Lionel Hollins had an excellent career which saw him named as an NBA All-Star one time and an All NBA defender twice. He was also named to the All NBA Rookie Team in 1975.
Hollins won a World Title with the Portland Trailblazers in the 1976-1977 NBA season. He was a solid player at Arizona State and that translated to the NBA as he enjoyed his best season during the 1977-1978 NBA season which saw him average a career high 15.9 ppg.
After his playing days were over he became the head coach of the then Vancouver Grizzlies for the 99-00 season and he is now an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks.
PF: 2005/2006 Ike Diogu
The ninth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Ike Diogu was the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year and was named a Second-Team All-American when he left ASU after his junior year to pursue and NBA career.
Diogu hasn't lived up to the hype he had when he left ASU, but did enjoy a nice rookie year campaign, averaging 7.0 ppg in 69 games with the Warriors. He started 14 of those games.
Diogu has a lot of promise still ahead of him. It is just that injuries and multiple trades have slowed him down from becoming the player he could be.
C: 1986/1987 Alton Lister
The 21st overall pick in the 1981 draft, Lister was a very successful player at ASU and that led to him having a pretty solid NBA career. His best season took place in the 1986-1987 season with the Seattle Supersonics. Lister averaged 11.6 ppg and 9.4 rpg in 75 games.
Lister was known throughout his career as a solid defensive player and an excellent rebounder and shot blocker. He retired from the NBA after the 97-98 season.
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