Top NBA players who didn't put up great numbers in college
With all the controversy surrounding the Dion Waiters pick, I was thinking about some of the players in the NBA who are outstanding players compared to their college careers. The three I came up with are:
1. Russell Westbrook: he averaged like 11 or 12 points on a team with Kevln Love, Collison, Moute, etc.
2. Deron Williams: Luther Head and Dee Brown garnered as much, if not more attention. Williams only averaged 11 or 12.
3. Rajon Rondo: Drafted in the 20s, 11 points and 4 assists, nothin' special.
Anyone else? Obviously the international players don't really apply to the conversation.
He's not an oustanding player by any means, but he is in the NBA and only played 11mins a game in college. I don't even know how he was a semi-decent performer for the playoff Celtics.
Zach Randolph springs to my mind. 10.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG in just under 20 minutes per game for a Final Four MSU team.
DeAndre Jordan went off a terrible statistical season when he got drafted and now he has a big contract in the nba
Don't forget Ryan Reid... bahahahhahaah
Roy Hibbert only put up 13.4 and 6.4 despite his size and being a Senior.
Deron Williams did not put up huge #'s but he did average 14 and 6 as a sophomore and around 13 and 7 as s jr. Dee Brown and Luther Head did score more points but it was always clear who the better NBA prospect of the bunch was.
13 and 7 doesn't necessarily scream "three-time All-Star in his first seven seasons," is all I'm saying.
His stats weren't that great but like you said it is because he had two other good guards to share the ball with. If you watched him play in college there was a reason he was picked 3rd overall. I can't say I thought he would be quite as good as he has become but I still thought he would be a very good NBA player.
Dion Waiters is my pick to be the next one on this list.
As soon as I saw this post, the very first name I thought of ( though retired) was MArk Eaton. Decent JUCO player, but unfortunately his game simply didn't translate well when playing at UCLA. 8 MPG his first year at UCLA, followed by FOUR MPG his second. He left at the end of the season to the NA draft where he was drafted 72nd vy the Jazz. This same guy who couldn't even manage to pull double digit MPG in college, went on to win TWO DPOY awards, 3 All-NBA 1st team awards, 2 2nd team All-D awards and even ONE all-star game. Goes to show sometimes inability to garner minutes at the collegiate level don't mean you aren't an NBA player.
All these players had to play in a team system, hence why the stats were average or low. If the college team had a huge gap in talent and their system depended on one player like JJ Redick or Fredette, then you would have inflated stats. Of course there were exceptions like Durant or Blake Griffin who would've gotten 20+ for any team.
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