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Top NBA players from Alabama: Latrell Sprewell and Robert Horry lead the complete list of notable Crimson Tide players

The football team at Alabama most likely comes to mind when you think of the university’s athletics. The 2024 Final Four run by the Crimson Tide serves as a reminder that Alabama men’s basketball is also deserving of recognition.

 

Although this is the school’s first trip to the Final Four, Alabama has a long history in basketball and has produced a number of well-known players. For a reminder of the players who paved the road, look no further than “Big Shot” Robert Horry’s attendance at the Tide’s most recent victory.

Horry is one of the over thirty-five Alabama alumni who have played in the NBA. Nineteen first-round selections, four NBA All-Stars, three NBA champions, and one of the league’s most promising young players are included in that total.

Alabama’s top NBA players

Dunn, T.R.

Dunn became the third-ever Tide player taken in the NBA Draft when he was selected with the 41st overall choice in the 1977 NBA Draft. During his playing career, which lasted from 1977 to 1991, Dunn was selected three times for the All-Defensive Team. Dunn retired in 1991 and had a successful 25-year coaching career.

 

Robert Horry

Horry, a big-time prospect who opted to stay at home, was raised in Andalusia, Alabama. Horry was chosen 11th overall in the 1992 NBA Draft and, during the course of a 16-year career, he was a member of seven NBA championship teams, primarily due to his ability to make big shots.

 

Which Alabama players are the best? Here are ten of the most prominent former Crimson Tide players to have an effect in the NBA.

Herbert Jones

 

Jones, a native of Alabama, rose to prominence in Tuscaloosa during his four seasons there. As indicated by the aforementioned moniker, he was chosen by the Pelicans with the 35th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and has since established himself as one of the greatest perimeter defenders in the league.

 

McDyess, Antonio

McDyess, a Quitman, Mississippi native, just needed two seasons at Alabama to secure the second overall pick spot in the NBA Draft of 1995. McDyess’ career was hampered by injuries, although he was still selected to the All-NBA team in 1999 and the All-Star team in2001.

Derrick McKey

McKey won the 1987 SEC Player of the Year award as a junior, which helped him to be picked ninth overall in the 1987 NBA Draft. McKey played in the NBA for 15 years and was selected twice for the All-Defensive Team.

 

Brandon Miller

Miller, a unanimous high school All-American, is among the most highly anticipated recruits to join the Tide. Miller, who had a fantastic rookie campaign, was chosen by the Hornets with the second overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. He is expected to be nominated for an All-Rookie team.

Sexton Collin

Sexton only needed one season at Alabama to establish himself as a legend. Sexton was a highly-touted recruit, but when the Tide had just three players available, his performance stunned the basketball world. In the 2018 NBA Draft, Sexton was selected as an All-Rookie Team member with the eighth overall pick.

 

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Latrell Sprewell

In 1990, Sprewell joined the Tide following two seasons of junior college play at Three Rivers College. Sprewell played two seasons for Alabama before being chosen 25th overall in the 1992 NBA Draft. Throughout a 13-year span, Sprewell was selected four times for the All-Star team, once for the All-Defensive team, and once for the All-NBA First team.

 

Gerald Wallace

Wallace, the 2000 Naismith High School Player of the Year, was a great attraction when he arrived in Alabama. He entered the 2001 NBA Draft after his freshman year at Alabama and was chosen 25th overall. Wallace developed into one of the NBA’s most resilient defenders and a one-time All-Star and All-NBA selection.

Mo Williams

After two seasons, Williams departed Alabama and was chosen 47th overall in the 2003 NBA Draft. Williams played in the NBA for 13 seasons, being selected as an All-Star in 2009 and taking home an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016.

 

Alabama-born NBA players today

Currently, eight Alabama natives play in the NBA. Jones, Miller, and Sexton, who all start for their respective teams, are at the top of the list.

 

Player Group Draft Year Selection

Nets of Noah Clowney 2023 21

Celtics 2022–53 JD Davison

Keon Ellis Kings, undrafted in 2022

2021 Herbert Jones Pelicans 35

Jazz musician Kira Lewis Jr. 2020–13

Brandon Miller, Hawks 2023 (2)

2021 Joshua Primo Clippers 12

2018 8 Collin S

exton Jazz

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