Five Days of List-Mas: Five Best NBA Players from Oregon
December, 15, 2011
By David Auguste | 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 Oregon.
Landen Lucas, L.J. Westbrook and Maika Ostling are all standout basketball recruits who are headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Oregon has a long history of sending top high school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best local players to play in the NBA.
5. Mike Dunleavy
Credentials: A McDonald's All-American at Jesuit, Dunleavy has gone on to become a valuable role player in the league. He was drafted third overall in 2002 and is coming off a season where he averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 boards with the Pacers.
4. Terrell Brandon
Credentials: The Grant alum was one of the league's top point guards in the 90s, helping the Cavs reach the playoffs six times during the decade. Brandon was a two-time All-Star and posted career averages of 13.8 points and 6.1 dimes during his 13-year tenure.
3. Damon Stoudamire
Credentials: The former Woodrow Wilson standout was a key figure on the Toronto Raptors expansion team. The diminutive lefty point guard tallied 19 points a game to earn Rookie of the Year honors in 1996. He played 13 seasons in the league, making the postseason seven times playing for Portland, Memphis and San Antonio.
2. Kevin Love
Credentials: Love is the cornerstone of a burgeoning Timberwolves squad. He set a franchise record with 53 consecutive double-double contests last season, the longest streak since Elvin Hayes had 55 in 1973-74. Love made his first All-Star game last year, averaging 20.2 points and 15.2 boards a contest. He was a McDonald's All-American at Lake Oswego.
1. Danny Ainge
Credentials: Not only is Ainge the lone player on this list with an NBA ring, he may have been the best overall athlete. At North Eugene, he was an All-American in three sports (baseball, basketball and football) and went on to win National Player of the Year honors on the hardwood at BYU. He played three seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays before being drafted by the Boston Celtics. He was a part of two championship seasons in Boston and scored nearly 12,000 points in his career.
Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.