4 Best Michigan Alum to Ever Play in the NBA

The University of Michigan may not be thought of as powerhouse in NCAA basketball, but the Wolverines have earned the respect as such. With one of the greatest college teams in the Fab Five, Michigan has shown that they are capable of producing quality NBA players. Michigan has become known as a team that you can never count out and any player from their lineage has displayed that in the NBA. 


Here are the best players to come from Michigan that made an impact in the NBA. 

4. Rudy Tomjanovich

Rudy Tomjanovich spent three years at Michigan before deciding to move on to the NBA in 1970. He was selected No. 2 overall and after struggling in his rookie season, Tomjanovich began making noise in the league as he averaged 15 points and 11 boards during his second season. He earned five All-Star nods, but injuries from an on-court brawl ultimately changed Tomjanovich's career trajectory for the worse. Still, he averaged 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

3. Cazzie Russell

Cazzie Russell was selected No. 1 overall by the New York Knicks in 1966. He immediately found success in the NBA, making the NBA All-Rookie First-Team and winning an NBA title in only his fourth season. Russell was one of the leagues best scorers before time caught up to him in 1977, where he ended his career with the Chicago Bulls. 

2. Glen Rice

Glen Rice was taken with the fourth overall pick by the Miami Heat in 1989. He wasted no time as he transitioned from college to the NBA effortlessly and quickly became one of the best three-point shooters in the league. Rice's career ended due to a knee injury, but he was able to obtain one championship and appeared in three All-Star games. 

1. Chris Webber

Chris Webber found success in the NBA quickly after departing Michigan. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1994 and kept his foot on the gas. He averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds on the regular despite bouncing around the NBA. His tenure with the Sacramento Kings is his most memorable, where he helped lead them to a 61-win season. Despite not winning an NBA title, Webber found great success in the NBA earning five All-Star appearances and multiple All-NBA selections.