Five Days of List-Mas: NBA players from Colorado
December, 15, 2011
By Christopher Parish | ESPN.com
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!
Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Colorado.
Josh Scott, Dominique Collier and Kaleib Rodriguez are all standout basketball recruits who are likely headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Colorado has sent its share of school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from Colorado to play in the NBA.
5. Michael Ray Richardson
Credentials: Born in Texas, Richardson attended Denver Manual, graduating in 1974. He went to Montana for four years before being taken in the 1978 NBA draft with the No. 4 overall pick, taken by the New York Knicks. He was a four-time All-Star but was banned from the NBA in 1986.
4. Scott Wedman
Credentials: Wedman was born in Kansas but attended Mullen, graduating in 1970. He went to Colorado before being taken by the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1974 with the No. 6 overall pick. He won two NBA titles and made one All-Star team.
3. Joe Barry Carroll
Credentials: Carroll was born in Arkansas but attended Denver East, graduating in 1976. After spending four years at Purdue, Carroll was taken with the first overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in 1980. He spent 10 years in the NBA, making one All-Star team and scoring 12,455 points over his career.
2. Chauncey Billups
Credentials: The 1995 graduate of George Washington went to Colorado for two seasons before being drafted with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. Billups won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons and was named the finals MVP. He’s a five-time All-Star who currently has more than 15,000 career points.
1. Tom Chambers
Credentials: Chambers was born in Utah but attended high school at Fairview, graduating in 1977. He was drafted in 1981 with the No. 8 pick. He was a four-time NBA All-Star who retired with more than 20,000 points and 6,700 rebounds.
Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.