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Best NBA Players To Never Play in College

Best NBA Players To Never Play in College

Top 5 Prep-to-Pro NBA Basketball Players 
There have been a total of 44 basketball players that have made the leap from prep to pro. This list will highlight the top 5 players who skipped college and went straight to the NBA.

5. Shawn Kemp

Shawn “Reign Man” Kemp was a powerhouse player who attacked the rim like a savage. Kemp played 14 NBA seasons, 6 of them as a NBA All-Star. Kemp helped the Seattle Supersonics make it to the NBA Finals in 1995-1996 for the first time since 1979. In the 1989 draft he was drafted 17th overall by the Supersonics and went on to a great career including playoff runs with both the Sonics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kemp ended his career with 15,347 points, 8,834 Rebounds, and 1,279 Blocks making him 127th, 53rd, and 50th all time respectively in NBA history.

4. Tracy McGrady

Tracy “T-Mac” McGrady was the definition of swingman. In 2003 and 2004 he was the NBA scoring champion as well as a 7 time All-Star from 2001-2007. “T-Mac finished with a player efficiency rating above 30 while also posting a usage percentage above 35.” (“All-Time #NBArank: Payers 61-70” ESPN, 25 Jan. 2016, http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/nbarank160125/all-nbarank-61-70) Accessed 4 Jan. 2017. McGrady ended his career with 18,381 points, 5,276 rebounds, and 4,161 assists making him 63rd, 214th and 99th all time respectively in NBA history.

3. Kevin Garnett

Kevin “KG” Garnett played in the NBA for 21 seasons. 15 of those dynamic seasons, KG was a NBA All-Star and 4 times an All-NBA First Teamer. In 2004 KG lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals and won the NBA MVP Award. In 2008 Garnett won the NBA DPOY award and a NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics. Garnett ended his storybook NBA career with 26,071 points, 14,662 rebounds, and 5,445 assists making him 20th, 10th, and 47th all time respectively in NBA history.

2. Kobe Bryant

Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant is arguably the greatest basketball player to play the game. Kobe would go on to be a 5 time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2008 he was the NBA MVP, and during his NBA Finals appearances in 2009 and 2010 he received the NBA Finals MVP trophy. Kobe was a NBA First Teamer 11 times, a 9 time NBA All-Defensive First Teamer, and an 18 time NBA All-Star. “Bryant is the only player in NBA history to play 20 or more seasons with a single team.” (“All-Time #NBArank: Players 11-15” ESPN, 25 Jan. 2016, http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/nbarank160205/all-nbarank-11-15) Accessed 4 Jan. 2017. Kobe ended his legendary career with 33,643 points, 7,047 rebounds, and 6,306 assists making him 3rd, 101st, and 29th all time respectively in NBA history.

1. LeBron James

LeBron “The King” James is no doubt the greatest player on this list. With his freak athletic skills, his basketball I.Q., and his ability to make everyone on his team better, LeBron is making his presence felt in the NBA. LeBron is the only player on this list to win Rookie Of The Year. Additionally, James has already won 3 NBA Championships, 4 NBA MVP Awards, and 3 NBA Finals MVP Awards. Currently on his 13th season in the league, James so far has been a 12 time NBA All-Star and a 10 time All-NBA First Teamer. In 2003 James was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. James led the Cavs to their first ever finals appearance in 2007, losing to the San Antonio Spurs. In 2010, James played 4 seasons with the Miami Heat, reaching the NBA finals in all 4 seasons and winning the championship in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 LeBron re-joined the Cavs to advance to the finals, making him the first player to be in 6 consecutive finals on 2 different teams. In 2016 LeBron and the Cavs won the NBA championship against the Golden State Warriors who had a record breaking 73-9 regular season. Currently in his career LeBron has 27,602 points, 7,302 rebounds, and 7,072 assists making him 8th, 88th, and 16th all time respectively in NBA history.

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