I have an admission to make. This year, even I, an unabashed NBA apologist and booster, have been paying closer attention to the college game than the pros over the last week. There. I said it.
Next week, I promise we'll get back to dissecting this year's NBA teams, as the playoffs aren't too far away. Once again, there is not a lot of movement on the list. The Spurs have solidified a hold on the No. 5 spot, to which they ascended last week. Also, the Lakers are right on the cusp of overtaking the Celtics for the No. 2 slot.
For my comments this week, I did a bit of historical research in hopes of keeping with the spirit of March Madness. It's a college theme. I wanted to come up with something that you can't find out for yourself with a click of a button at basketball-reference.com, and I think that I did.
I've calculated the number of points each college has contributed to each existing NBA franchise. I love these kinds of historical re-groupings of players by various criteria. In that way, I'm like John Cusack's character in "High Fidelity" was with re-organizing his collection of vinyl. When I played Statis-Pro Basketball as a kid, about once a year I would sort out my cards by college and play a few games. It fascinated me that I would have to divvy up playing time for UCLA between Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. The Bruins, of course, were loaded. So were all of college basketball's powers, but you could also cobble together lineups for schools like Detroit and Iowa.
The data is courtesy of the downloadable database from databasebasketball.com. I did not add in this year's numbers. Listed with each team are the five schools that have contributed the most points to each respective franchise. I've also listed the players that are most responsible for scoring those points. Enjoy and good luck with those brackets.
(Statistics through March 15)
1. (1) Cleveland Cavaliers (65.0) [ 65 / 64 / 44 ]
Rankings: NET: 1; OFF: 4; DEF: 2; PACE: 24
1. Michigan 12,361 (Phil Hubbard, Campy Russell), 2. North Carolina 12,242 (Brad Daugherty), 3. Notre Dame 11,964 (Austin Carr, Bill Laimbeer), 4. Georgia Tech 10,166 (Mark Price), 5. Tulane 9,593 (Hot Rod Williams, Paul Thompson). The Cavaliers' leading contributor has been no college at all. It's not just LeBron James, either. As foreign players, current Cavs Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Sasha Pavlovic and Anderson Varejao don't have a horse in the college race. What's left is a sampling of the schools that turned out the leaders of the good Cleveland teams from the mid-1970s and then the core of the East power in the late '80s and early '90s.
2. (2) Boston Celtics (62.6) [ 61 / 63 / 63 ]
Rankings: NET: 2; OFF: 6; DEF: 1; PACE: 19
1. Ohio State 34,912 (John Havlicek, Larry Siegfried), 2. Kansas 32,642 (Paul Pierce, JoJo White), 3. Kentucky 31,102 (Frank Ramsey, Antione Walker, Rick Robey, Walter McCary), 4. Holy Cross 31,020 (Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn), 5. Indiana State 21,809 (Larry Bird, John Hazen). The NBA's most storied franchise has the Buckeyes, Jayhawks, Wildcats and Crusaders to thank for the largest portion of points scored in the franchise's history. If we were to expand our exercise to include such mundane facets of the game such as, say, defense, then you'd have to think San Francisco would have cracked the list. As it is, the Dons are edged out by the dynamic duo of Indiana State basketball: Larry Legend and John Hazen. OK, Hazen is listed for purely anthropological reasons. As the only Sycamore other than Bird to play for Boston, Hazen contributed 18 points to the bottom line.
3. (3) Los Angeles Lakers (62.4) [ 65 / 60 / 49 ]
Rankings: NET: 4; OFF: 1; DEF: 6; PACE: 5
1. UCLA 58,263 (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lucius Allen, Keith Erickson, Gail Goodrich, Walt Hazzard, Jamaal Wilkes), 2. North Carolina 29,154 (Rick Fox, Mitch Kupchak, George Lynch, Bob McAdoo, Sam Perkins, James Worthy), 3. West Virginia 28,898 (Hot Rod Hundley, Jerry West), 4. Seattle 23,314 (Elgin Baylor), 5. Minnesota 19,336 (Mychal Thompson). The UCLA Bruin/L.A. Laker connection is the most prolific college/NBA team combination of all. Current Lakers Jordan Farmar and Trevor Ariza are carrying that torch. The Minnesota presence is a remnant of the franchise's days in Minneapolis. A slew of former Gophers played for the Lakers prior to 1960.
4. (4) Orlando Magic (58.8) [ 60 / 60 / 43 ]
Rankings: NET: 3; OFF: 5; DEF: 3; PACE: 11
1. Illinois 11,479 (Nick Anderson), 2. Louisiana State 11,049 (Shaquille O'Neal, Jerry Reynolds, Stanley Roberts, Geert Hammink), 3. Notre Dame 7,660 (Pat Garrity, Donald Royal, Monty Williams), 4. Georgia Tech 7,624 (Matt Harpring, Mark Price, Dennis Scott), 5. Memphis 7,173 (Anfernee Hardaway). This is another franchise with "none" the leading contributor from the college column. Thank Gawd for the one-and-done era. If Dwight Howard had been forced to go to Georgia Tech for one season, then at least he'd be on this list someplace. OK, I'm kidding about Geert Hammink. He scored 10 points in three years for the Magic. I wonder how much Stanley Roberts weighs these days? Final observation: That's quite a motley crew of Fighting Irish that got Notre Dame on Orlando's list.
5. (5) San Antonio Spurs (52.9) [ 54 / 51 / 55 ]
Rankings: NET: 5; OFF: 13; DEF: 5; PACE: 26
1. Eastern Michigan 23,242 (George Gervin), 2. Navy 20,790 (David Robinson), 3. Wake Forest 18,409 (Tim Duncan), 4. Memphis 14,792 (Rich Jones, Larry Kenon), 5. Auburn 11,957 (Mike Mitchell, Chuck Person). No surprises on this list; you can see the history of the franchise right here. Not listed, but high up on the list, is "None" because of Gregg Popovich's reliance on foreign players like Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
6. (6) Portland Trail Blazers (51.6) [ 50 / 51 / 38 ]
Rankings: NET: 6; OFF: 3; DEF: 18; PACE: 30
1. UCLA 21,327 (Tracy Murray, Kike Vandeweghe, Bill Walton, Sidney Wicks), 2. Houston 18,049 (Clyde Drexler), 3. Dayton 11,529 (Jim Paxson), 4. Wisconsin-Stevens Point 11,330 (Terry Porter), 5. Minnesota 10,786 (Joel Przybilla, Mychal Thompson). Bill Walton is the best-remembered UCLA product to star in Portland, but Sidney Wicks scored quite a few more points for the Blazers than the big redhead did. Clyde Drexler nearly outdid the UCLA contingent all by himself--Drexler is the only Cougar to ever play for the Blazers.
7. (7) Denver Nuggets (51.1) [ 51 / 48 / 43 ]
Rankings: NET: 10; OFF: 12; DEF: 8; PACE: 6
1. South Carolina 25,137 (Alex English, Tom Boswell, John Roche), 2. Kentucky 17,369 (Dan Issel), 3. Georgetown 14,393 (Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo, Reggie Williams), 4. Syracuse 14,293 (Carmelo Anthony, Danny Schayes), 5. North Carolina 13,421 (Larry Brown, Walter Davis, Bobby Jones, Charlie Scott). Alex English puts the Gamecocks on the map. English scored more than twice as many NBA points as any other ex-South Carolina player. (Brian Winters and Tom Owens lag far behind.) Beyond that, North Carolina offers some names from Denver's ABA days. Carmelo Anthony carries the Orangemen baton handed him by Danny Schayes. Finally, we see just how far short David Thompson's career fell from what it could have been. The original Skywalker couldn't get N.C. State into the top five.
8. (9) Houston Rockets (50.8) [ 51 / 51 / 61 ]
Rankings: NET: 9; OFF: 16; DEF: 4; PACE: 18
1. Houston 46,922 (Clyde Drexler, Elvin Hayes, Carl Herrera, Dwight Jones, Hakeem Olajuwon), 2. Michigan 19,768 (Rudy Tomjanovich, Maurice Taylor, Glen Rice, Juwan Howard), 3. Niagara 17,949 (Calvin Murphy), 4. Maryland 13,478 (John Lucas, Steve Francis, Walt Williams), 5. Providence 9,826 (Otis Thorpe, Jimmy Walker). How perfect is this? The now-dormant shuttle service from the University of Houston campus to The Summit provided some of the greatest names in Rockets history. The Houston/Houston combination ranks only behind the UCLA/Lakers connection on these lists. Rudy T and a cast of thousands gets the Wolverines to No. 2 on Houston's list. Until I did this piece, it had never occurred to me that John Lucas and Steve Francis were both Maryland/Rockets point guards. Wildly different eras and players.
9. (8) New Orleans Hornets (50.5) [ 51 / 48 / 45 ]
Rankings: NET: 8; OFF: 9; DEF: 10; PACE: 28
1. Kentucky 11,736 (Rex Chapman, Jamaal Magliore, Jamal Mashburn), 2. Nevada-Las Vegas 10,033 (Stacey Augmon, Armen Gilliam, Larry Johnson), 3. Wake Forest 9,852 (Muggsy Bogues, Chris Paul), 4. Virginia Tech 9,839 (Dell Curry), 5. Baylor 7,821 (David Wesley). Chris Paul is carrying on the tradition of undersized Wake Forest point guards for the Hornets.
10. (10) Utah Jazz (49.6) [ 50 / 50 / 50 ]
Rankings: NET: 7; OFF: 7; DEF: 11; PACE: 12
1. Louisiana Tech 37,589 (Karl Malone, Paul Millsap), 2. Gonzaga 19,711 (John Stockton), 3. Notre Dame 15,307 (Adrian Dantley, Kelly Tripucka), 4. Louisville 14,898 (Jerry Eaves, Darrell Griffith, Felton Spencer), 5. North Carolina State 10,132 (Thurl Bailey). Yep, Karl Malone scored a bunch of points. Now Paul Millsap is adding onto Malone's Louisiana Tech figure for the Jazz. Is there a list of Jazz players of any sort that doesn't feature Malone and John Stockton? Also, seeing Darrell Griffith reminds me how shocked I was to read that this week's college polls mark the first time that Louisville has ever been ranked No. 1. I thought for sure that Griffith's 1980 Cardinal national championship squad had to be up there, but I was wrong.
11. (12) Miami Heat (47.0) [ 43 / 48 / 35 ]
Rankings: NET: 15; OFF: 17; DEF: 14; PACE: 25
1. Syracuse 11,561 (Sherman Douglas, Rony Seikaly), 2. Michigan 9,579 (Glen Rice), 3. Georgetown 9,457 (Alonzo Mourning), 4. Marquette 7,647 (Dwyane Wade), 5. Temple 7,281 (Eddie Jones). Dwyane Wade will have Marquette on top of this list in a year or two. Again, these numbers don't include this season.
12. (14) Atlanta Hawks (47.0) [ 47 / 46 / 38 ]
Rankings: NET: 12; OFF: 10; DEF: 12; PACE: 23
1. Louisiana State 30,382 (Pete Maravich, Bob Pettit), 2. Georgia 23,387 (Dominique Wilkins), 3. Michigan State 19,926 (Steve Smith, Kevin Willis), 4. Kentucky 18,622 (Cliff Hagan), 5. Indiana 16,882 (Walt Bellamy, Randy Wittman, Alan Henderson). This one wouldn't have been too hard to predict, at least if you can recall off the top of your head that LSU gave both Pettit and Pistol Pete to the Hawks. Dominique was good enough to get the Bulldogs to No. 2 all on his own. I'd think one would be hard-pressed to come up with the three Indiana players that account for most of the Hoosiers' contributions to the Hawks' franchise.
13. (11) Dallas Mavericks (46.6) [ 48 / 44 / 51 ]
Rankings: NET: 13; OFF: 8; DEF: 16; PACE: 15
1. Kansas State 16,643 (Rolando Blackman), 2. North Carolina 15,312 (Tom LaGarde, Hubert Davis, Sam Perkins, Jerry Stackhouse), 3. DePaul 14,900 (Mark Aguirre), 4. Wisconsin 14,752 (Michael Finley, Devin Harris), 5. Illinois 12,648 (Derek Harper). The great Derek Harper/Rolando Blackman backcourt accounts for much of this list. The best part of the North Carolina rank is the opportunity to pull the name of Tom LaGarde out of mothballs. An original Mav.
14. (13) Phoenix Suns (45.1) [ 43 / 45 / 49 ]
Rankings: NET: 11; OFF: 2; DEF: 23; PACE: 4
1. North Carolina 21,478 (Walter Davis, Charlie Scott), 2. Oklahoma 17,916 (Alvan Adams, Garfield Heard), 3. California 17,252 (Kevin Johnson, Jason Kidd), 4. Nevada-Las Vegas 16,422 (Marcus Banks, Armen Gilliam, Shawn Marion, Ricky Sobers), 5. Indiana 12,504 (Dick Van Arsdale). While North Carolina has sent a couple of elegant scorers in Walter Davis and Charlie Scott off to the desert, Califorinia sent its two best-ever players to Phoenix: Jason Kidd and Kevin "The Mayor" Johnson. (Johnson's election last year trumps Fred Hoiberg's previous claim to that moniker.) Also, Oklahoma provided the muscle to the memorable Phoenix teams from the mid-'70s, including the one that squared off against the Celtics in the 1976 finals.
15. (16) Philadelphia 76ers (41.5) [ 42 / 42 / 38 ]
Rankings: NET: 14; OFF: 23; DEF: 7; PACE: 17
1. North Carolina 30,175 (Billy Cunningham, Bobby Jones, George Lynch, Lee Shaffer, Jerry Stackhouse, Scott Williams), 2. Georgetown 22,548 (Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo, David Wingate), 3. Marshall 21,586 (Hal Greer), 4. New York 18,477 (Dolph Schayes), 5. Massachusetts 18,465 (Julius Erving). The rich North Carolina-to-Philadelphia path dates back to the Syracuse Nationals (Lee Shaffer) and includes the great Billy C. as well as comtemporary players like Jerry Stackhouse. Allen Iverson did most of the Hoyas' damage in Philly, but Dikembo Mutombo and Patrick Ewing's college teammate, David Wingate, chipped in, too. Young New Yorkers might not realize that NYU was once a college basketball power. Dolph Schayes was the best of the bunch, but the Violets also turned out other solid NBA players like Tom Sanders and Happy Hairston. NYU hasn't competed in D1 college athletics since 1981. Where are their priorities?
16. (15) Detroit Pistons (40.2) [ 41 / 39 / 55 ]
Rankings: NET: 17; OFF: 21; DEF: 15; PACE: 29
1. Notre Dame 30,327 (Adrian Dantley, Bill Laimbeer, Kelly Tripucka), 2. Indiana 29,300 (Kent Benson, Isiah Thomas), 3. Detroit 24,960 (Dave DeBusschere, John Long, Earl Cureton), 4. Saint Bonaventure 17,533 (Bob Lanier), 5. Syracuse 16,459 (Dave Bing). Notre Dame's pipeline to Detroit also included luminaries such as John Shumate, Ron Reed--who joins Dave DeBusschere as former Pistons who also pitched in the major leagues--and a couple of seasons of Orlando Woolridge. The presence of Kelly Tripucka here brings to mind an underreported historical fact: The great Bad Boys teams Detroit had under Chuck Daly could never have come to pass had Tripucka not been traded. Why? The hair. No team burdened with Tripucka's perm could have mustered any kind of intimidation factor. Historically speaking, Detroit hasn't strayed too far to find its stars, with nearby Indiana represented by stalwarts of two Bobby Knight national championship teams. Hometown Detroit clocks in at No. 3. The greatest Pistons of them all, Bob Lanier and Dave Bing, get the Bonnies and Orangemen on Detroit's list. Surprisingly, Joe Dumars doesn't quite get McNeese State on the list. He's 46 points short of Bing's Syracuse. While it would seem much more likely that another Syracuse player would end up with the Pistons than another Cowboy, Dumars is, of course, in position to nab the next NBA-quality player to come out of McNeese State. Look for this to happen. Soon.
17. (17) Chicago Bulls (38.3) [ 36 / 37 / 43 ]
Rankings: NET: 18; OFF: 22; DEF: 17; PACE: 9
1. North Carolina 30,530 (Michael Jordan), 2. Central Arkansas 15,123 (Scottie Pippen), 3. Duke 13,297 (Gene Banks, Elton Brand, Luol Deng, Chris Duhon, Jack Marin, Jay Williams), 4. Nevada-Las Vegas 12,986 (Sidney Green, Ricky Sobers, Reggie Theus), 5. Southern 12,623 (Bob Love). The top and the bottom of the list is oh, so predictable. The middle, though, is kind of a surprise. The Bulls don't have any one player from Duke that has put up huge career numbers but, instead, have a bunch of ex-Blue Devils from different eras that have contributed.
18. (18) Milwaukee Bucks (37.9) [ 36 / 39 / 31 ]
Rankings: NET: 16; OFF: 19; DEF: 13; PACE: 10
1. UCLA 36,600 (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lucius Allen, Marques Johnson, Dave Myers), 2. Arkansas 21,018 (Todd Day, Lee Mayberry, Sidney Moncrief, Alvin Robertson), 3. Indiana 14,856 (Kent Benson, Quinn Buckner, Jon McGlockin), 4. Purdue 12,017 (Glenn Robinson), 5. Connecticut 11,690 (Ray Allen, Charlie Villanueva). The UCLA/Milwaukee Bucks tradition is a rich one, and not because of current Buck Dan Gadzuric. The Bucks also have a history of nabbing the best guards in Arkansas history.
19. (20) Charlotte Bobcats (35.7) [ 35 / 36 / 38 ]
Rankings: NET: 19; OFF: 27; DEF: 9; PACE: 27
1. Alabama 4,240 (Gerald Wallace), 2. North Carolina 4,195 (Ray Felton, Sean May), 3. Connecticut 4,134 (Emeka Okafor), 4. Notre Dame 2,407 (Matt Carroll), 5. Michigan State 2,384 (Jason Richardson). What self-respecting Tar Heel would allow his franchise to be led by a player from the SEC? It's shocking that Michael Jordan didn't ship Gerald Wallace out of town the day he took control of the Bobcats.
20. (22) New York Knicks (35.7) [ 34 / 36 / 33 ]
Rankings: NET: 21; OFF: 14; DEF: 25; PACE: 2
1. Georgetown 26,870 (Patrick Ewing, Othella Harrington, Mike Sweetney), 2. Tennessee 18,346 (Ernie Grunfeld, Allan Houston, Bernard King), 3. Southern Illinois 17,360 (Walt Frazier, Mike Glenn, Joe Meriweather), 4. Tennessee State 14,810 (Dick Barnett, Anthony Mason, Truck Robinson), 5. St. John's 14,106 (Mel Davis, Mark Jackson, Al McGuire, Dick McGuire, Max Zaslofsky). Lots of interesting debates can be spurred by this list. Who is the greatest Georgetown product to play for the Knicks? What about Southern Illinois? Hmmm, let me think. Also fascinating is the fact that Tennessee State has churned out three outstanding players for Knicks fans over the years. Finally, the Madison Square Gardnen faithful were privy to the NBA version of the Ernie and Bernie show. And, yes, that's Al McGuire the coach/broadcaster.
21. (19) Indiana Pacers (35.6) [ 33 / 34 / 41 ]
Rankings: NET: 20; OFF: 18; DEF: 19; PACE: 3
1. UCLA 28,340 (Reggie Miller, Pooh Richardson, Stuart Gray, Mike Sanders), 2. Indiana 15,755 (Tom Abernathy, Quinn Buckner, Butch Carter, Steve Green, George McGinnis, Jim Rayl, Jim Thomas, Randy Wittman), 3. Dayton 15,519 (Roger Brown, Johnny Davis), 4. Ohio State 14,031 (Clark Kellogg, Herb Williams), 5. Purdue 12,910 (Billy Keller, Brad Miller, Rick Mount, Jerry Sichting). For all the great college basketball tradition in Indiana, the professional entrant in the Hoosier State hasn't really gotten much from in-state products. OK, Indiana U. clocks in at No. 2, but I listed the names of every Hoosier to play for the Pacers to show that, other than George McGinnis, no former IU player has ever really played a starring role in Indianapolis. In fact, the Pacers have gotten more from neighboring Ohio, though the Dayton connection could have knocked me over with a feather. I do clearly recall the outstanding Herb Williams/Clark Kellogg Ohio State combination that could have propelled the Buckeyes even higher on this list had injuries not sent Kellogg into premature broadcasting.
22. (21) New Jersey Nets (33.6) [ 34 / 34 / 38 ]
Rankings: NET: 22; OFF: 15; DEF: 26; PACE: 21
1. Maryland 18,507 (Len Elmore, Albert King, Buck Williams), 2. Villanova 14,856 (Kerry Kittles, Bill Melchionni), 3. North Carolina 11,701 (Vince Carter, Mike O'Koren), 4. St. John's 11,538 (Joe Depre, Billy Paultz, Jayson Williams), 5. Arizona 11,218 (Bob Elliott, Richard Jefferson). In case you're wondering, Massachusetts was No. 7. The Nets should have held on to Dr. J for one more season.
23. (23) Toronto Raptors (32.2) [ 29 / 31 / 42 ]
Rankings: NET: 23; OFF: 20; DEF: 22; PACE: 16
1. North Carolina 9,882 (Vince Carter), 2. Michigan State 8,324 (Morris Peterson, Shawn Respert, Kevin Willis), 3. Georgia Tech 7,064 (Chris Bosh), 4. Villanova 4,575 (Alvin Williams), 5. Pepperdine 4,448 (Doug Christie). Yawn. If Chris Bosh makes it through his current contract in a Raptor uniform, he'll get Georgia Tech close to the top of the list. If he stays with Toronto in the long term, the Yellow Jackets will run away from the crowd.
24. (24) Golden State Warriors (29.2) [ 28 / 31 / 35 ]
Rankings: NET: 24; OFF: 11; DEF: 28; PACE: 1
1. Kansas 21,198 (Wilt Chamberlain, Wayne Hightower, Jo Jo White), 2. St. John's 18,306 (Chris Mullin), 3. Villanova 16,699 (Paul Arizin), 4. Miami 16,447 (Rick Barry), 5. Duke 16,337 (Mike Dunleavy Jr., Jeff Mullins). Of course I winced at the Jayhawks' appearance, though with Wilt's first five full seasons having come in a Warriors' uniform, I knew it was coming. It's been a long time since I thought about the fact that Jo Jo White finished his career in Golden State. Since I didn't add in this year's numbers, I suppose I should point out that Corey Maggette has bumped Duke up a couple of notches.
25. (25) Minnesota Timberwolves (27.0) [ 24 / 28 / 26 ]
Rankings: NET: 25; OFF: 24; DEF: 27; PACE: 13
1. Villanova 7,558 (Doug West, Randy Foye), 2. Mercer 7,161 (Sam Mitchell), 3. Miami (Ohio) 6,777 (Wally Szczerbiak), 4. North Carolina State 6,663 (Thurl Bailey, Tom Gugliotta), 5. Duke 6,079 (Christian Laettner, Cherokee Parks). Players that didn't attend college (ahem, Kevin Garnett) have scored more than 25,000 points for the Timberwolves, leaving us with a vanilla list. Mercer? Really?
26. (26) Oklahoma City Thunder (22.9) [ 22 / 25 / 23 ]
Rankings: NET: 26; OFF: 28; DEF: 21; PACE: 8
1. Oregon State 26,154 (Brent Barry, Steve Johnson, Gary Payton, Mark Radford, Lonnie Shelton), 2. Iowa 18,684 (Fred Brown, Reggie Evans, John Johnson), 3. Illinois Wesleyan 12,034 (Jack Sikma), 4. Utah 10,380 (Tom Chambers, Danny Vranes), 5. Southern California 10,362 (Gus Williams, Paul Westphal). It's an eclectic list of schools on the Sonics/Thunder list. The Sonics were always quick to nab an Oregon State product, even if they did miss out on A.C. Green and Lester Conner. Also, long-time Seattle basketball fans will remember the Hawkeye combo of John Johnson and Downtown Freddie Brown on the great Sonic teams of the late 70s.
27. (27) Memphis Grizzlies (21.7) [ 21 / 23 / 19 ]
Rankings: NET: 27; OFF: 29; DEF: 20; PACE: 22
1. Florida 8,817 (Mike Miller, Jason Williams), 2. California 7,801 (Shareef Abdur-Rahim), 3. Arizona 6,858 (Mike Bibby, Michael Dickerson, Damon Stoudemire), 4. Duke 5,849 (Shane Battier, Dahntay Jones), 5. Oklahoma State 4,947 (Bryant Reeves). Not surprisingly, a team without much of a history doesn't have a very interesting list.
28. (29) Washington Wizards (20.0) [ 19 / 21 / 32 ]
Rankings: NET: 29; OFF: 26; DEF: 29; PACE: 20
1. North Carolina 20,881 (Dudley Bradley, Hubert Davis, Brendan Haywood, Antawn Jamison, Michal Jordan, Mitch Kupchak, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace), 2. Indiana 17,463 (Walt Bellamy, Calbert Cheaney, Jared Jeffries, Bob Leonard), 3. Louisville 15,703 (Pervis Ellson, LaBradford Smith, Wes Unseld), 4. Houston 15,564 (Elvin Hayes), 5. Mississippi State 13,981 (Bailey Howell, Jeff Malone). A hodgepodge of North Carolina products push the Tar Heels to the top of yet another team's list. Most of these players made their most significant marks in the NBA with other teams. Who would have dreamed of seeing Bailey Howell and Jeff Malone linked together on the same list?
29. (28) Los Angeles Clippers (19.4) [ 19 / 18 / 33 ]
Rankings: NET: 28; OFF: 30; DEF: 24; PACE: 14
1. Duke 20,501 (Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, Jack Marin), 2. UCLA 17,961 (Walt Hazzard, Marques Johnson, Darrick Martin, Swen Nater, Pooh Richardson, Bill Walton, Sidney Wicks), 3. North Carolina 14,203 (Bob McAdoo, Joe Wolf), 4. Michigan 13,404 (Gary Grant, Maurice Taylor, Loy Vaught), 5. Buffalo State 12,735 (Randy Smith). The Clippers have understandably tapped into the rich UCLA talent pool over the years, though not nearly as successfully as the Lakers have. In addition to the former Bruins listed, Kike Vandeweghe and Jamaal Wilkes both drew their last NBA breaths in a Clipper uniform. Also, I had not realized that Walt Hazzard once averaged 15.8 points in a season while playing for the Buffalo Braves. The Braves, short-lived as they were, are well represented on the list, with Bob McAdoo and Randy Smith's presence reminding Clipper fans that even after 31 seasons in southern California, the franchise's salad days came in a three-year stretch in the mid-'70s before the franchise vacated upstate New York.
30. (30) Sacramento Kings (18.2) [ 17 / 20 / 39 ]
Rankings: NET: 30; OFF: 25; DEF: 30; PACE: 7
1. Cincinnati 44,242 (Connie Dierking, Oscar Robertson, Jack Twyman), 2. Ohio State 18,716 (Lawrence Funderburke, Jerry Lucas, Arnie Risen), 3. Seton Hall 16,265 (Bob Davies, Terry Dehere, Richie Regan, Bobby Wanzer), 4. Kansas State 16,165 (Bob Boozer, Ed Nealy, Mitch Richmond), 5. Indiana 15,145 (Jon McGlockin, Tom Van Arsdale, Mike Woodson). This list includes all the various incarnations of the vagabond Royals/Kings franchise. As a Kansas City resident, it jumps out at me that there isn't on player that you'd associate with the Kansas City Kings on this list. It also jumps out at me that Mizzou didn't make the list, but that jumps out at me in regards to every team. Mizzou didn't make a list, so since I know you're wondering, I'll list the teams to which former Tigers have contributed the most: The Kings (8,045, Larry Drew); Pacers (5,911, Steve Stipanovich); Hawks (4,946, John Brown and Norm Stewart's 10 NBA points); Lakers (4,115; Drew, Anthony Peeler and Kareem Rush); Timberwolves (3,654, Peeler). There. Public service performed. Most of the franchise's list is dominated by the Royals, both the Cincinnati and Rochester versions. Thanks to the Big O and Jack Twyman connection, the Cincinnati-cum-Royal combo is the third-most prolific of all, behind UCLA/Lakers and Houston/Houston.
NBAPET = stands for National Basketball Association Projection, Evaluation and Tracking = A database and system of metrics for analyzing professional basketball.
gRATE = a one-game metric that measures a player's offensive and defensive contribution and expresses it as a net point total. The sum of a team's gRATE figures for a game will equal its actual point differential for that game.
Adjusted winning percentage (AWP) = ((home wins x 0.6)+(road wins x 1.4)) / (((home wins x 0.6)+(road wins x 1.4)) + ((home losses x .1.4)+(road losses x 0.6)))
LUCK = the difference between a team's 82-game win pace and its 82-game Pythagorean win pace.
Opponents winning percentage (OWP) = aggregate percentage of games won for each team's opponents, based on the number of times the team has faced that opponent.
Pythagorean winning percentage (PYTH) = uses the basketball-reference formula of Games x (Points scored^14) / ((Points scored^14) + (Points allowed^14))
Power rating = (((PYTH + AWP)/2)*(OWP/.500)) x 82
WP82 = wins produced per 82 games, adjusted for playing time
WP3K = wins produced per 3,000 minutes
RANKINGS: NET = net efficiency ratio; OFF - offensive efficiency; DEF - defensive efficiency; PACE: average possessions per game
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