Of course, not every Michigan State NBA draft pick went on to be a bust. Gary Harris has become a pretty good starter for the Denver Nuggets when he is healthy enough to stay on the court, and Sparty is feeling pretty good about last year’s two lottery picks, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges. Jackson in particular looks like he could someday be one of the all time Michigan State greats in the NBA — but not quite yet.
Michigan State’s great NBA player list has a distinctly Michigan feel to them, blue collar hard working guys that did the little things and fought an uphill battle to build a nice career for themselves in the NBA. Well, at least that’s true for four of them. The guy at the top of the list? He’s simply an NBA legend.