Monday, March 10, 2008
The 4th of the Four Part Series Analyzing the Composition of the NBA. Check out part 1, the BCS Conferences part 2, the High Schoolers and part 3, the Foreigners.
West Coast (31)
Starting Roster: Steve Nash, Bruce Bowen, Shawn Marion, Danny Granger, Andrew Bogut
Bench Players: Andre Miller, Paul Millsap, Rafer Alston, Kurt Thomas, Adam Morrison, Ronny Turiaf, Theo Ratliff
Roster Strength: Steve Nash, Steve Nash makes everybody around him better. He gives everyone the opportunity to get easy buckets.
Roster Weakness: Post Scoring, Danny Granger is really the only 'big guy' on the roster who is a true threat to score with the basketball. The rest of the Big Men are more role players / defenders / rebounders.
Conference Representation: Mountain West (13), WAC (6),WCC (5), Big Sky (2), Big West (1), Independent (1)
Leading Schools: UNLV (4), Utah (3), Gonzaga (3), Nevada (3)
Sum Up: The Western Small Schools have contributed some super stars to the NBA but not many. Not surprisingly the Mountain West and WAC dominate the representatives and equally not surprising the Runnin Rebs are leading the way.
Starting Roster: Derek Fisher, Raja Bell, Kevin Martin, Ben Wallace, Jeff Foster
Bench Players: Jamario Moon, Damon Jones, Carlos Arroyo, Ronald Murray, Devin Brown, Anthony Johnson, Shawne Williams
Roster Strength: Defense, The SOuth's roster consists of several players whom their NBA teams rely on for defensive purposes. Ben Wallace has one defensive player of the year awards, Derek Fisher is a reliable perimeter defender, and Raja Bell has had intense battles with Kobe Bryant during his playing days.
Roster Weakness: No Studs, Kevin Martin has emerged as a very good NBA player. But being the best player on the Kings hasn't really done much for their playoff hopes.
Conference Representation: Conference USA (9), Non-D1 Schools (5), Sun Belt (3), Southland (2), Southern (2), MEAC (1), Southwestern (1)
Leading Schools: Memphis (4), Houston (2), Florida INT (2)
Sum Up: Not surprisingly the current Conference USA squads have not produced many NBA ballers. Once Cincy, Marquette, and Depaul jettisoned for the Big East the Conference has become a one pony show and this is again seen by Memphis leading the way here. Only 3 Non-BCS schools have more than a single player in the NBA.
Starting Roster: Jameer Nelson, Cuttino Mobley, Lamar Odom, David West, Marcus Camby
Bench Players: Wally Szczerbiak, Chris Kaman, Anthony Parker, Willie Green, Larry Hughes, Kyle Korver, James Posey
Roster Strength: Depth, The North/Northeast squad provides a solid amount of depth. From 1-12 they have players who are extremely useful to their NBA teams.
Roster Weakness: Point Guard Depth, With that being said they lack depth at point guard. The roster only has one point guard in Jameer Nelson and would have to rely on people playing out of position to handle the ball when he was one the bench.
Conference Representation: Atlantic 10 (15), MAC (4), Missouri Valley (4), Colonial (3), Patriot (1), Horizon (1), Ohio Valley (1), Non-D1 (1)
Leading Schools: St. Joe's (3), Xavier (3), URI (2), Temple (2), Miami (OH) (2), Bradley (2)
Sum Up: The Atlantic Ten leads the way amongst Non-BCS conferences with 15 total players in the NBA and dominates the East team with all 5 starters playing their college days in the A-10.
Overall NBA Sum Up
Total Non-BCS Schoolers: 84
Most Non-BCS College Players: Philadelphia with 5.