Clemson’s Finest: The Best Tigers to Make the NBA

For round 2 of the best ACC schools in the NBA, we do Clemson. The Tigers are a bit unique because while they’ve always produced good big men, they haven’t really spawned many guards. This quintet will therefore skew considerably. And they were all good, long-term NBA players.

  • Horace Grant – a power forward for the Michael Jordan-era Bulls, he won three rings with the Bulls and a fourth with the Lakers.
  • Tree Rollins – The NBA’s first major Tiger, Rollins had an 18-year career and was one of the better rebounders and shot blockers of his time. He was also the last man to wear Chuck Taylor’s in the NBA.
  • Elden Campbell – At 6-11 and 280 years old, he was a very big man, he was one of the few big boys of his day who could harass the huge Shaquille O’Neal.
  • Larry Nance – Nance famously won the NBA’s first dunk game and was a reliable and solid power forward for the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was an excellent defender and rebounder and his #22 was knocked out by Cleveland.
  • Dale Davis – He was really great for the Indiana Pacers, where he played from 1991-2000. Just a solid, hardworking force ahead. No one ever went wrong with him.

Bonus pick – we should arguably put Mitchell Wiggins on this list. He did well before getting into trouble for cocaine use, for which he was banned for a season. But his biggest impact was probably as a father: His son, Andrew, just won a ring with the Golden State Warriors.

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