what college would have the greatest alumni team based on NBA play?
Inspired by Proudgrandpa. An interesting question for sure. Especially basing it on how good players turned into at the NBA level.
My money is on North Carolina. The GOAT and three other starters with very good offensive games, two of whom are Hall of Famers while the other would have been if not for injuries cutting his career short. Off the bench you have another hall of famer in Cunningham, a borderline HOFer in Carter, a good defender and stretch big man in Wallace and one of the best defenders in NBA history in Jones.
PG Kenny Smith/Raymond Felton
SG Michael Jordan/Vince Carter
SF James Worthy/Billy Cunningham
PF Bob McAdoo/Bobby Jones
C Brad Daugherty/Rasheed Wallace
With UCLA a close second. With Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton inside at center and Miller draining shots from the outside this team would be tough to stop. Goodrich would be an exciting guy that can play both guard spots off the bench, Wilkes a very good two way, Johnson and Vandeweghe two of the most underrated players in NBA history. Westbrook a dynamo (and yes I think he's better right now than Baron Davis ever was), Wicks a four time All-Star and Love is a monster on the boards who can also stretch the floor and pass.
PG Russell Westbrook/Gail Goodrich
SG Reggie Miller/Jamaal Wilkes
SF Marques Johnson/Kiki Vandeweghe
PF Sidney Wicks/Kevin Love
C Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Bill Walton
ESPN is doing a countdown on this
Cool. I didn't know that. I wonder what the Elite 8 will be. Ignoring anything before 1989 will definitely hurt some schools though.
Other than the Center position it's UNC hands down. I mean you don't have Walter Davis , Jerry Stackhouse , Antawn Jamison , Sam Perkins , Phil Ford or Ty Lawson on that list. I know Lawson is young but he has the makings of possibly the best PG from UNC at the pro level if you are projecting. Then you have Phil Ford who was the 1979 NBA ROY and arguably the "best that never was" at the pro level for UNC due to drug problems. The quality depth is ridiculous!
Yeah the depth at UNC is phenomenal. I probably should have had Ford instead of Felton. I forget about him to be honest. But for a few years he was one of the better PGs in the league while Felton never really was.
Yep UNC and UCLA just have crazy depth which nobody else really has. Kansas (Wilt, Pierce, JoJo White, Danny Manning), LSU (Shaq, Bob Petit, Pistol Pete), Houston (Hakeem, Elvin Hayes, Clyde Drexler, Otis Birdsong) Indiana (Isiah Thomas, Walt Bellamy, George McGinnis) have some great players but after that not many others made any sort of impact in the NBA. They certainly don't have multiple All-Stars coming off the bench.
Raymond and The Jet is better than Ty. Ty has been the leading scorer on his team for the past two years. He was avg 21 points in this year's playoffs. He is a top 10 PG in the NBA.
UNC also has more HOFers I believe with 4. UCLA with only 3.
Wrong, UCLA has 5. KAJ,Walton,Wilkes,Miller and Goodrich
Ty Lawson is already better than Kenny Smith and Raymond Felton.
I would put Ty Lawson on over Ray Felton even though there stats are very similar Lawson is quicker and a better defender. Lawson has only been in the league 4 years so I can see why you went with Felton but you do have Westbrook on the UCLA team.
Ty is a top 10 PG. He is avg more points than Raymond. He will not play for a lot of teams like Raymond did.
I think ESPN has the Cuse undervalued at 20. They also left Rony Seikely off the list for NBA players which is flat out unacceptable. Who could forget the big greek in South Beach?
UNC has better shooting guards. UCLA has better centers. You can also put Mark Eaton there for UCLA. The other positions are
about even. I like UCLA at point guard though with Westbrook, Goodrich, and Jru Holiday.
Great matchup. I think UCLA could take it though. I also think that Tracy Murray went to UCLA so be would
give the all-time Bruins team another outside shooter. Aron Aflalo would be another good scorer for them.
Not sure who would guard Jordan. Throw a lot of guys at him like Westbrook, Aflalo, Sidney Wicks maybe, and
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
I think I would take UCLA. A prime big man combo of Kareem and Walton would be tough to stop. Then Love and Westbrook.
Goodrich could score. Then Marques Johnson and Sidney Wicks had some good years. Plus Mbah a Moute and Mark Eaton for defense.
Finally, don't forget about Reggie Miller's long range shooting and ability to get into Jordan's head -- or at least try.
Some don't realize how good McAdoo was his first few seasons in the NBA
2nd year- 30.6PPG 15.1RPG 3.3BPG 55%FG 79%FT
3rd year- 34.5PPG 14.1RPG 2.1BPG 51%FG 81%FT
4th year- 31.1PPG 12.4RPG 2.1BPG 49%FG 76%FT
Nobody could stop MJ. MJ has the highest career scoring avg, the most scoring titles, and the most NBA Finals MVPs. He was on 9 All NBA Defensive 1st teams and he was Defensive Player Of The Year in 1988. Reggie Miller was not a match for MJ and he will, even, tell you that. Vince Carter, Billy Cunningham, Brad Daugherty, Walter Davis, Antawn Jamison, Bobby Jones, Bob Mcadoo, Charles Scott, Lee Shaffer, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, MJ and James Worthy would be playing. UCLA's all time alums would not be able to stop that.
I don't know. A PRIME LSU team?
At guard, Pistol Pete and Chris Jackson
Front line: Bob Pettit, Stanley Roberts, and Shaq.
I think I might take those guys. Who is gonna stop those guys? Yeah their bench sucks, but that starting five is great.
Stromile Swift as a sixth man scares me, but he can dunk and block shots. Pistol to Stro would be a good highlight.
I am going with LSU in an upset. I am trying to figure out the LSU bench. Stro, Anthony Randolph, Geert Hammick, Randy Livingston...
Who else? Well, Shaq better not get in foul trouble...
Big Baby > Stanley Roberts
Is Marcus Thornton and LSU guy?
Big Baby and Tyrus Thomas would make that team if we're going by how they were in college
The only way they would beat UNC is if Shaq had 40+ and everyone on UNC had horrible shooting games
Shaq will be unstoppable but who is going to guard MJ, Bob McAdoo, Phil Ford, and rest of UNC's all stars?
Chris Jackson? Chris would not be able to handle VC, Walter Davis, Stackhouse and especially MJ! Stanley Roberts??? LMAO! Dude sucks! He had avg 8.5 points in the NBA. Stromile Swift is another NBA bust. UNC's all time team will beat LSU's all time team with ease...next!
Memphis would have a good team. Fairly complete too.
PG Derrick Rose
SG Penny Hardaway
SF Vincent Askew
PF Larry Kennon
C Lorenzen Wright
PG Elliott Perry
SG Tyreke Evans
SF Shawne Williams
PF Earl Barron
C Joey Dorsey
Reserves: Cedric Henderson, Will Barton, Keith Lee, William Bedford
Great perimeter stars. If Lee and Bedford hasn't have been busts this would have been a top five or ten team.
They were never a great or good players in the NBA.
I'm obviously biased with this but I'd think Duke would be a top 5 team in a ranking like this. Some of that is based on how Kyrie Irving develops and is also assuming that J.J. Redick continues to play at his current level, but they've definitely had some solid players over the years. I've always felt like many Duke players have good starts to their careers but for one reason or another don't really continue that trend after their fifth season or so. I don't think they're on the level of UNC or UCLA but a top 5 team none the less.
I also can't help but wonder how much Bobby Hurley and Jay Williams could've added to a team like this. Sadly we never got to see either one reach their potential.
lmao! Christian would start at center. Carlos would start at PF. Grant Hill will start at SF.
Elton Brand in his prime is the second best player on this team behind Grant Hill. Kyrie might eventually pass him up but Elton Brand was a monster before the injuries got to him. No way Laettner starts over him. Remember this is based on NBA performance.
I think GU could take the cake with some serious post defense and scorers/playmakers in the backcourt
PG: Allen Iverson (one of the best scorers in basketball history, HOF)
SG: Sleepy Floyd (the best guard GU has ever had, HOF?)
SF: Reggie Williams (considered superior to big shot reggie entering the NBA)
PF: Alonzo Mourning (HOF)
C: Patrick Ewing (HOF)
Bench: Dikembe Mutumbo (defensive stalwart, HOF), Roy Hibbert (defensive beast), Jeff Green (coming into his own), Otto Porter Jr. (the best SF in BE history....via Boheim)
PG: Magic/ Scott Skiles/Mateen Cleaves
SG: Steve Smith/J Rich
SF: Jay Vincent/Greg Kelser/Mo Pete
PF: Zach Randolph/Draymond Green
C: Kevin Willis/Paul Davis(ehh)
Notables: Sam Vincent, Johnny Green, Eric Snow, Shawn Respert, Alan Anderson, Shannon Brown.
Not the best squad but still respectable nonetheless and full of pg's
For how great their college teams always are (8 Big 12 championships in a row and counting) it is interesting how bad this all time team would be based on NBA accolades.
People talk about Duke players being busts in the NBA, but Duke's all-time crushes KU.
PG- Rondo/ Tony Delk/ Wall
SG- Ron Mercer/ Derek Anderson/ Rex Chapman
SF- Mashburn/ Tayshaun Prince/ Pat Riley/ MKG
PF- Antoine Walker/ A Davis
C- Cousins/ Scott Padgett
Not the best by any means, but still very good. (I don't really know any players from early 80's and back so there may be some old players who didn't make my team)
All of what I'm saying is based off college performances, not professional.
Sam Bowie was good enough to be picked #2 in the Michael Jordan draft and was well on his way to a great career but injuries hampered him. But still, his Sophomore year he averaged 17.5 points and 9 rebounds a game.
I also think arguments could be made for Patrick Patterson, Keith Bogans, and Jodie Meeks. Also speaking of college performances, John Wall was better than Rondo.
UCLA"s team is much better than UNC's other than MJ. KAJ and Walton up front with Love backing them up? Come on now. Westbrook at the point, Miller at the 2 and Goodrich backing them both up. Wilkes at the 3, guys like WIcks,Eaton,B.Davis,Richardson,Holliday,Murray etc. off the bench. Maclean/O'Bannon were college studs too if we are going off that.
UNC has the best all time NBA alumni with Vince Carter, Billy Cunningham, Brad Daugherty. Walter Davis, Antawn Jamison, Bobby Jones, MJ, Bob Mcadoo, Charles Scott, Lee Shaffer, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, and James Worthy. All of them were NBA All Stars. 4 of them are Hall Of Famers. Vince Carter is a future hall of famer. Bob was better than Bill Walton. Bob was a 5x NBA All Star. He was a 3x NBA Scoring Champ. He was rookie of the year in 1973. James Worthy is way better than Jamal Wilkes. Miller was no match for MJ.
Michigan's team wouldn't compete, but its somewhat interesting. Lots of PFs.
Webber, Rudy T,Mo Taylor,3 Mills
Rice, Campy Russell
PG: Phil Ford
SG: Michael Jordan
SF: James Worthy
PF: Bob McAdoo
C: Brad Daugherty
Ty Lawson is better than Kenny Smith and Raymond Felton. It's not even close!
Don't forget Indiana!
PG - Isiah Thomas / John Logan
SG - Eric Gordon / Mike Woodson
SF - Calbert Chaney / John McGlocklin
PF - Walt Bellamy / Tom Van Arsdale
C - George McGinnis / Dick Van Arsdale
if you went by college accolades he blows Eric Gordon out of the water.
*He won 105 games, most of any Hoosier ever
*All-time leading scorer of Indiana and the B10!
Cincinnati not terrible:
PG - Nick Van Exel
SG - Oscar Robertson
SF - Ruben Patterson
PF - Jack Twyman
C - Kenyon Martin
PG- Kemba Walker / Ben Gordon
SG -Ray Allen / Rip Hamilton
SF- Rudy Gay / Caron Butler
PF -Cliff Robinson / Donyell Marshall
C - Emeka Okafor / Andre Drummond
PG - Mike Conley
SG - John Havlicek
SF- Michael Redd
PF - Jerry Lucas
C - Clark Kellogg
6th man - Jim Jackson
Surprised no one has mentioned them.
Bench-Danny Manning-Bill Bridges-Raef Lafrentz-Mario Chalmers-Wayne Hightower
Here's a real sleeper: University of Houston-
Oak Hill Academy (they'd have to play small)
No love for Rod Strickland?
That's understandable, but he's right, Strickland was better than both Rondo and Jennings