Chicago's best of NBA: The next 10
December, 24, 2012
Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty ImagesJuwan Howard played 18 NBA seasons after leaving Michigan and Vocational.Scott Powers ranked his 10 best NBA players to come out of the Chicago area . But there are plenty more talented players to pass through the city and suburbs on their way to the NBA. Here is Powers' next 10:
11. Terry Cummings, Carver (Chicago), Class of 1979: Chicago was stacked with talent in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and Cummings was among the best of them. He starred at Carver and then at DePaul, where he averaged 22 points during his junior season and left early for the NBA. He was selected No. 2 overall in the 1982 draft and was the NBA Rookie of the Year during the 1982-1983 season. He played 18 years in the NBA and averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds and was a two-time All-Star.
12. Antoine Walker, Mount Carmel (Chicago), Class of 1994: Walker, a McDonald's All-American, teamed with Donovan McNabb at Mount Carmel. Walker went on to Kentucky and won a national title with the Wildcats. He spent 12 years in the NBA, averaging 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds and went to three All-Star games.
13. Michael Finley, Proviso East (Maywood), Class of 1991: Finley along with Donnie Boyce and Sherell Ford were nicknamed the "Three Amigos" while at Proviso East. The Pirates won a state championship during Finley's final season. He played in college at Wisconsin and is among the school's all-time leading scorers. He was drafted No. 21 overall in 1995 and lasted 15 seasons in the NBA. He was a two-time NBA All-Star and averaged 15.7 points. He won a NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007.
14. Juwan Howard, Vocational (Chicago), Class of 1991: Howard's stardom began at Vocational before he signed on to be a part of Michigan's famous "Fab 5" recruiting class. His success in college led him to being taken No. 5 overall in the 1994 NBA draft. He played 18 seasons in the NBA, averaged 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds, was selected to the 1996 All-Star Game and closed out his career as part of the Miami Heat's 2012 championship team.
15. Kevin Porter, DuSable (Chicago), Class of 1968: Porter is among the best passers to come out of Chicago. He played at DuSable and then at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania. He was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the third round in 1972. He led the NBA in assists in four of his 10 seasons. He had one game of 29 assists. He averaged 11.6 points, 8.1 assists and 1.4 steals in his career.
16. Jeff Hornacek, Lyons (La Grange), Class of 1981: Hornacek had a solid high school career, but had to walk-on at Iowa State. He went on to have a memorable college career, scoring 1,313 points and dishing out 665 assists. He was drafted No. 44 overall by the Phoenix Suns in 1986. He averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 assists and 1.4 steals throughout a 14-year NBA career. He also shot .877 from the free-throw line in his career and went to the All-Star Game in 1992.
17. Eddie Johnson, Westinghouse (Chicago), Class of 1977: Johnson was a big-deal recruit when he came out of Westinghouse and chose to attend Illinois. He was a double-digit scorer for much of his Illini career. He was taken by the Kansas City Kings in the second round of the 1981 draft. He scored 19,202 points over 17 NBA seasons. He was the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 1989.
18. Hersey Hawkins, Westinghouse (Chicago), Class of 1984: Hawkins is one of the best shooters to ever come out of Chicago. After starring at Westinghouse, he went to Bradley and averaged 36.3 points a game as a senior. He was selected No. 6 overall in the 1988 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers and played 13 years in the NBA and averaged 14.7 points. He made 1,226 3-pointers in his NBA career.
19. Doc Rivers, Proviso East (Maywood), Class of 1980: Proviso East has produced a number of NBA players, and Rivers is right near the top of the list. He was a McDonald's All-American before attending Marquette. He became a second-round steal for the Atlanta Hawks in 1983. Rivers played for 13 seasons and averaged 10.9 points, 5.7 assists and 1.8 steals. He's currently coaching the Boston Celtics.
20. Corey Maggette, Fenwick (Oak Park), Class of 1998: Maggette has had the longest NBA career of all of the Class of 1998 talent. He was a McDonald's All-American at Fenwick before playing at Duke. He left Duke early and was taken No. 13 overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1999 draft. He's now in his 14th year in the league. He's averaged 16 points and 4.9 rebounds over that time.
Honorable mention: Nick Anderson, Simeon (Chicago), Class of 1986; Quinn Buckner, Thornridge (Dolton), Class of 1972; Eddy Curry, Thornwood (South Holland), Class of 2001; Kevin Duckworth, Thornridge (Dolton), Class of 1982; Kendall Gill, Rich Central (Olympia Fields), Class of 1986; Rickey Green, Hirsch (Chicago), Class of 1973; Mickey Johnson, Lindblom (Chicago), Class of 1970; Quentin Richardson, Whitney Young (Chicago), Class of 1998; Cazzie Russell, Carver (Chicago), Class of 1962.