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The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time 

Ranker NCAA Basketball
Updated February 16, 2020 8.9k votes 1.3k voters 20.3k views 46 items

List Rules Vote up the best men's basketball players in Michigan history

Many colleges have storied traditions of tremendous Men's NCAA basketball programs. When thinking of some of the absolute best of all time, the Michigan Wolverines have to be on the short list. Here is a list of the best Michigan Wolverines of all time! The best Michigan Wolverines in the history of their men's basketball program. Take a look at this list of Michigan basketball players and vote up your favorites! 

From all time greats like Chris Webber and Glen Rice, to other players you might not remember so well, this is a great list of the top Michigan basketball players ever. So, take a look at these great Michigan Wolverines and vote up the players that you think are truly some the greatest Michigan basketball players of all time. 

Who are the greatest Michigan Wolverines? Who do you think are the best Michigan Wolverines of all time? Who do you think are the greatest Michigan Wolverines ever?
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Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

1991 - 1993

Mayce Edward Christopher Webber III (born March 1, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, a former NBA ...more

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#65 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #22 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #42 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Flint, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 52

Teams: Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, + more

1985 - 1989

NCAA Champion (1989)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1989)

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#117 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #27 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #31 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

3
Jalen Rose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, + more

1991 - 1994

Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player, current sports analyst for ESPN, and cofounder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. In college, ...more

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#202 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #105 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #30 of 77 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

4
Trey Burke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 27

Number: 23

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

2011 - 2013

Alfonso Clark "Trey" Burke III (born November 12, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was ...more

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#258 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #144 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #70 of 83 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA

5
Juwan Howard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Age: 46

Number: 5

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets

1991 - 1994

Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973) is the head basketball coach at the University of Michigan. He was an assistant coach for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA) ...more

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#776 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #18 of 31 The Best Power Forwards of the 1990s #212 of 258 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

6
Cazzie Russell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 75

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

1963 - 1966

Cazzie Lee Russell (born June 7, 1944) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. An NBA All-Star, he was selected by the New York Knicks with the first overall pick of the ...more

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#129 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #48 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked #40 of 108 The Best NBA Players from Illinois

7
Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Seattle, Washington

Age: 39

Number: 11

Teams: Phoenix Suns

1999 - 2000

Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for ...more

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#121 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #47 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #53 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

8
Tim Hardaway, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard / Small forward from Miami, Florida

Age: 27

Number: 11

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

2010 - 2013

Timothy Duane Hardaway Jr. (born March 16, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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#522 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #86 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #28 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

9
Moritz Wagner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
logknoll added Power forward from Berlin, Germany

Number: 21

Teams: Washington Wizards

2015 - 2018

Victor Moritz "Moe" Wagner (born April 26, 1997) is a German professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for ...more

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#208 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #56 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #84 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

10
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Hamtramck, Detroit, Michigan

Age: 71

Teams: Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

1967 - 1970

Rudolph Tomjanovich Jr. (born November 24, 1948) is an American retired basketball player and coach who lead the Houston Rockets to two consecutive NBA championships. He was an All-Star forward ...more

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#279 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #92 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #78 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Nik Stauskas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard from Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada

Age: 26

Number: 1

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

2012 - 2014

Nikolas Tomas Stauskas (born October 7, 1993) is a Canadian professional basketball player for Kirolbet Baskonia of the Spanish Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, ...more

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#859 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #122 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History #81 of 94 The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

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Glenn Robinson III is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Gary, Indiana

Age: 25

Number: 22

Teams: Golden State Warriors

2012 - 2014

Glenn Alan Robinson III (born January 8, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more
13
Gary Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 54

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

1984 - 1988

Gary Grant (born April 21, 1965) is a retired American professional basketball player at the point guard position in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gary "The General" Grant ...more
14
Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkm... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman

2014 - 2018

15
Roy Tarpley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from New York City, New York

Age: 55

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

1982 - 1986

Roy James Tarpley (November 28, 1964 – January 9, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. He played the power forward and center positions in the National Basketball Association ...more

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#152 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #142 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History #35 of 53 The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas

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Rumeal Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Mandeville, Jamaica

Age: 53

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, + more

1987 - 1990

NCAA Champion (1989)

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#84 of 91 The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time #27 of 31 The Best Atlanta Hawks Point Guards of All Time #35 of 45 The Best Atlanta Hawks First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

17
Zavier simpson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
25461 added Zavier simpson

2016 - present

18
Jimmy King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard from South Bend, Indiana

Age: 46

Teams: Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets

1991 - 1995

Jimmy Hal King (born August 9, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball player. King played in the NBA and other leagues. He is most famous for his time spent on the famed University ...more
19
Loy Vaught is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Age: 51

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

1986 - 1990

NCAA Champion (1989)

20
Robert Traylor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Detroit, Michigan

Age: Dec. at 34 (1977-2011)

Teams: Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks

1995 - 1998

Robert DeShaun "Tractor" Traylor (February 1, 1977 – May 11, 2011) was an American professional basketball player.
21
Jordan Poole is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
DetroitBoyGaming added Jordan Poole

Jordan Poole Played for the Michigan Wolverines from 2017-Present. He hit a game winning buzzer beater against Houston in the march madness tournament to help propel michigan to the national championship game

22
Mitch McGary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Westchester Township, Chesterton, Indiana

Age: 27

2012 - 2014

Mitchell Neil William "Mitch" McGary is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. A native of ...more

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#192 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History #71 of 100 The Best NBA Players from Indiana

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Derrick Walton Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
DetroitBoyGaming added Derrick Walton Jr.

Derrick Walton jr played for the Michigan Wolverines from 2013-2017 and holds the single game assist record for the michigan wolverines with 16 assists

24
Rickey Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 65

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, + more

1975 - 1977

Rickey Green (born August 18, 1954) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Green, a 6'0" (1.83 m) and 170 lb (77 kg) ...more

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#609 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #152 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #68 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

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Duncan Robinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time
DetroitBoyGaming added Duncan Robinson

Duncan Robinson played for the Michigan Wolverines from 2015-2018 and won the big ten 6th man of the while helping lead the wolverines to the national championship game