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So, with March Madness right around the corner we decided to touch on college basketball yet again word to the gawd
But yea, nah, lets talk about the top pro (NBA of course) producing universities across the nation.
10. Michigan Wolverines
1st and foremost, we have to make it clear that the Duke Blue Devils don’t appear on this list, for numerous reasons. #1, 53 pros, which easily should have placed them in the top 10 but find me one NBA Champion, find me one player who’s even been to the Finals on Duke, next, find me an MVP, find me anyone other than Grant Hill who had a shoe deal, case closed, get Duke the FOH. Now back to the list and the team that basically couldn’t beat Duke back in the early 90s.
Starting 5: PG: Jalen Rose, SG: Jamal Crawford, SF: Glen Rice, PF: Juwan Howard, C: Chris Webber.
Bench: Filled with players you definitely don’t know, and Rudy Tomjanovich
Iigt after saying allat, Uncle Swish of all people vouched for Duke to make the list so…
Fake 10. Duke Blue Devils
Starting 5: PG: Kyrie Irving, SG: Grant Hill, SF: Luol Deng, PF: Carlos Boozer, C: Elton Brand.
Bench: Christian Laettner, Corey Maggette, Mike Dunleavy Jr, Shane Battier, JJ Redick, Shelden Williams.
I threw them on here out of respect for the game of basketball, but look at this roster fam. They don’t deserve to be here.
9. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets This is like a shock pic but at the same time it’s probably the second best point guard producing program of all time.
Starting 5: PG: Stephon Marbury, SG: Kenny Anderson, Off-Guard: Mark Price, F: Dennis Scott, C: Chris Bosh.
Bench: Jarrett Jack, Travis Best, Iman Shumpert, Thad Young.
This is a classic 3 guard lineup a la Villanova in 06 or Missouri this season. D3 to stretch the court and granted C. Bosh is a pauseman as @illuganati warned us back in 07, that being said he’s still a factor and an all star year in and year out.
8. Arizona Wildcats
Starting 5: Gilbert Arenas, SG: Jason Eugene Terry, SF: Andre Igoudala, Swing: Richard Jefferson, C: Channing Frye
Bench: Sean Elliott, Mike Bibby, Damon Stoudamire, Chase Budinger (his dunks and snapback really gonna hold Arizona from being great), Derrick Williams, Jerryd Bayless.
On the humble this is a sneaky team with interchangeable parts from the 1-3. Problem is they don’t have much interior play, actually they have none with Frye being a young Sam Perkins with the excessive threes and Derrick Williams still being a mystery.
7. Georgetown Hoyas
Starting 5: PG: Allen Iverson, F: Jeff Green, F/C: Patrick Ewing, F/C: Alonzo Mourning, C: Dikembe Mutombo.
Bench: Greg Monroe, Roy Hibbert, and mad other centers.
G’Town has to make the list as it is the best program hands down of producing NBA Centers, the tradition continues thru this day. Doubt they’d make it far in this 10 team pool with Pat playing against various swings on the perimeter. Jukyard Dog, Reggie Williams, and this fella
My Hoyas prolly doing the worst as of Feb 29, 2012.
6. Michigan State Spartans
Starting 5: PG: Magic Johnson, SG: Jason Richardson, SF: Steve Smith, PF: Zach Randolph, C: Kevin Willis.
Bench: Eric Schnoe Dat, Scott Skiles, Mo Peterson, Charlie Bell, Shannon Brown.
Not really a deep team but the greatest point guard of all-time is here and they might just have the most balanced starting 5 out of every team on this list. Their bench is weak, hopefully the gawd from earlier in this post changes that.
5. University of Connecticut Huskies
Starting 5: PG: Ben Gordon, SG: Ray Allen, SF: Rip Hamilton, PF: Cliff Robinson, C: Emeka Okafor.
Bench: Caron Butler, Rudy Gay, Kemba Walker, Charlie Villanueva, Donyell Marshall, Marcus Williams, AJ Price, Khalid El-Amin.
UCONN could probably move up or down a slot depending on who you ask because they don’t have a true PG other than the ones off their bench and they also haven’t produced much in terms of interior scoring. But recent day there may not be a better school of giving the league potent swingmen on both ends of the court.
Starting 5: PG: Jo Jo White, SG: Kirk Hinrich, SF: Paul Pierce, PF: Danny Manning, C: Wilt Chamberlain.
Bench: Drew Gooden, Raef Lafrentz, Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers, Nick Collison, Darrell Arthur.
Not as deep as you would have thought given the stigma behind the Jayhawks but with Wilt at the 5 and Piru on the wing you don’t really need much of a bench.
Tyshawn Taylor has Jacque Vaughn written all over his game, shouts to Jersey.
3. Kentucky Wildcats
Starting 5: PG: Rajon Rondo, SG: Tayshaun Prince, SF: Monster Mashburn, PF: Antoine Walker, C: Dan Issel.
Bench: John Wall, Rex Chapman, Ron Mercer, Demarcus Cousins, Tony Delk, Nazr Mohammed, Derek Anderson, Sam Bowie*******************, Chuck Hayes, Pat Riley.
Best defensive backcourt around eventhough they prolly wouldn’t have to be defended. I know you don’t know who Dan Issel is, I don’t really know who he is either but he was avg 30 in his prime in the ABA. They get the nod over Kansas because of overall depth, with legit NBA starters to backup each of the 5 starting positions. They also had one of the greatest coaches in NBA history suit up in the royal blue and white with coach Riley.
2. UCLA Bruins
Starting 5: PG: Gail Goodrich, SG: Reggie Miller, SF: Kiki Vandeweghe, PF: Kevin Love, C: Kareem Abdul-Jabaar
Bench: Russell Westbrook, Baron Davis, Darren Collison, Jrue Holiday, Gail Goodrich, Jamaal Wilkes, Bill Walton, Mark Eaton, Matt Barnes, Trevor Ariza, Jordan Farmar, Arron Aflalo, Earl Watson.
With that influx of very good to perennial all star point guards that have come played on the court that Wooden built there’s no question who the true point guard producing machine is. As much as I hate the city of LA eventhough I’ve never been, this team and the next one are the top 2 teams in this list by a mile. When you talk rings, MVP’s, All-Star Games and all of the top accolades that the NBA offers UCLA and UNC take the cake.
1. UNC Tar Heels
Starting 5: PG: Kenny Smith, SG: Michael Jordan, SF: James Worthy, PF: Rasheed Wallace, C: Bob McAdoo
Bench: Sam Perkins, Vince Carter, Ray Felton, Jerry Stackhouse, Antawn Jamison, Brad Daugherty, Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough, Bobby Jones, Marvin Williams, Brandan Wright, Rick Fox, Billy Cunningham, Larry Brown, Mitch Kupchak.
An intense debate as to who should be the #1 college-NBA program in the country, I felt UCLA, but Phelps and Uncle Swish swayed me towards UNC. That starting 5 alone has 15 rings, so off of that alone they should get it but looking deeper into that roster, particularly the last three have either coached or been the masterminds behind a championship team. Billy Cunningham and Pat Riley are the only players on this list to both win an NBA title as a coach and player, Larry Brown won an ABA championship and coached the Pistons to one in 04. College legends? Check, NBA legends? Check. MVPs? Check. Rings? Check. The GOAT? Check. There’s probably 10 different starting lineups you could throw the Tar Heels and they’d still be the flyest group ever assembled.
So even if Duke wins again on Sunday, just point them to this post here and let em know who really owns Tobacco Road.