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    Who had the best NBA career?

    With all this talk about the NBA Draft, Royce and his ceiling, Craig, etc..........who had the best NBA career of ISU players drafted?

    To make it a little more interesting, pick one guard and one "big" (forward/center/wing).

    Here is a list of all ISU players drafted in the draft.

    A personal note....I did not realize until I looked this up that the veterinarian in my hometown when I was growing up (Delmar Diercks) had played for ISU and was drafted by the Knicks. He was the vet in our town for like 40 years! Learn something every day.

    ISU NBA Draftees
    (first number indicates round selected/second number
    indicates overall pick)

    1948 Ray Wehde, Boston Celtics
    1953 Delmar Diercks, New York Knicks
    1957 Gary Thompson, Minneapolis Lakers (5th/35th)
    1958 Don Medsker, Cincinnati Royals (12th/79th)
    1961 Henry Whitney, Syracuse Nationals (4th/37th)
    1962 Vince Brewer, Syracuse Nationals (9th/74th)
    1963 Marv Straw, St. Louis Hawks (11th/77th)
    1968 Zaid Abdul-Aziz, Cincinnati Royals (1st/5th)
    John McGonigle, Chicago Bulls (11th/137th)
    1970 Bill Cain, Portland Trailblazers (3rd/42nd)
    1973 Martinez Denmon, Boston Celtics (3rd/52nd)
    Clint Harris, Phoenix Suns (5th/77th)
    Tom O’Connor, Cleveland Cavaliers (16th/201st)
    1974 Robert Wilson, Houston Rockets (3rd/41st)
    1976 Hercle Ivy, Houston Rockets (4th/61st)
    Art Johnson, New Orleans Jazz (10th/165th)
    1979 Andrew Parker, Washington Bullets (3rd/46th)
    1980 Dean Uthoff, San Antonio Spurs (6th/129th)
    1982 Robert Estes, Kansas City Kings (10th/210th)
    1985 Barry Stevens, Denver Nuggets (2nd/43rd)
    1986 Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix Suns (2nd/46th)
    1987 Tom Schafer, Denver Nuggets (3rd/54th)
    Sam Hill, Dallas Mavericks (5th/112th)
    1988 Jeff Grayer, Milwaukee Bucks (1st/13th)
    1991 Victor Alexander, Golden State Warriors (1st/17th)
    1995 Loren Meyer, Dallas Mavericks (1st/24th)
    Fred Hoiberg, Indiana Pacers (2nd/52nd)
    1997 Kelvin Cato, Dallas Mavericks (1st/15th)
    2000 Marcus Fizer, Chicago Bulls (1st/4th)
    2001 Jamaal Tinsley, Vancouver Grizzlies (1st/27th)
    2004 Jackson Vroman, Chicago Bulls (2nd/31st)
    2006 Will Blalock, Detroit Pistons (2nd/60th)
    2008 Mike Taylor, Portland Trailblazers (2nd/55th)
    2010 Craig Brackins, Oklahoma City Thunder (1st/21st)



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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

    Jeff Hornacek


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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

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    Re:Who had the best NBA career?

    Hornacek was the first to come to mind, probably because of my age, but he was a big part of a prominent team in his later years and was in the league for a long time.



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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

    Definitely Hornacek

    *edit: Forgot about Tinsley. I'd put him up there too.


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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

    Hornacek
    Tinsley

    Everyone else.



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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

    Unless you count time in administration as part of a NBA career.


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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

    Don Smith.


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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycl1 View Post
    Jeff Hornacek
    +1.

    Tinsley was on sportscenter more for his shootings at the strip clubs than his play.

    Freddy and Cato played a number of years. Grayer got stuck on some bad teams.



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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

    Jeff Hornacek and it isn't close.



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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

    I know. For me it's:
    Hornacek
    Fred
    Cato
    Tinsley
    Everyone else on that list.


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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

    Hornacek easily.....

    And Tinsley would make only if he was given credit for DNP-Coaches Decision games.



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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycl1 View Post
    Jeff Hornacek
    this ,...... and everyone else is a distant distant second. Name anyone else that was an all star, for example!!!!



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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

    Quote Originally Posted by klamath632 View Post
    Jeff Hornacek and it isn't close.
    This!
    Hornacek was 46th player taken in the draft and I believe had more points and assists than every player in that draft.



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    Re: Who had the best NBA career?

    Hornacek likely the best. Tinsley 2nd, Jeff Grayer 3rd and then Fred 4th for guards.

    For bigs, Cato I believe had the most points and stuck around longer, while Don Smith didn't score as much but also hung for several years. Big Vic scored more per year, but didn't hang as many seasons.



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