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The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time

Updated March 4, 2020 12.6k votes 1.7k voters 30.3k views48 items

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Michigan State basketball fans, we’re ranking the best Michigan State Spartans of all-time. This list of Michigan State basketball players includes current and former players, along with the seasons played with the college. Featuring All-Americans, players in the NBA, and school legends who had their jerseys retired, the top players from Michigan State University men's basketball team history include Magic Johnson, Draymond Green, Scott Skiles, and Steve Smith. Who is the best Michigan State Spartan ever?

Vote up the ones you think are the greatest MSU basketball players in Spartans history. Feel free to add any Spartan freshmen, NBA rookies, or Michigan State alumni missing from the list.

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  • 1
    Point guard
    916
    66

    Age62

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    Number32

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    1977 - 1979

    NCAA Champion (1979)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1979)

    #234 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#1 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#253 of 362 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

  • 2
    sschmi7 addedGuard
    490
    196

    TeamsMichigan State Spartans

    2016 - present

    Cassius Winston (born February 28, 1997) is an American basketball player for Michigan State University. His 182 assists were the second most ever by a freshman at MSU, trailing only Magic Johnson's...  more
  • 3
    Power forward
    601
    265

    Age31

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan

    Number23

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    2008 - 2012

    Draymond Jamal Green Sr. (born March 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Green, who plays primarily at...  more

    #10 of 45 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#125 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#115 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

  • 4
    Point guard
    358
    139

    Age57

    BirthplaceLa Porte, Indiana

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks

    1982 - 1986

    Scott Allen Skiles Sr. (born March 5, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player. He most recently served as the head coach of the Orlando Magic. He also coached the Phoenix Suns,...  more

    #85 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#94 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#64 of 78 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

  • 5
    Shooting guard
    435
    181

    Age52

    BirthplaceDetroit, Highland Park, Michigan

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

    1987 - 1991

    Steven Delano Smith (born March 31, 1969) is an American retired basketball player who is currently a basketball analyst for Turner Sports. After a collegiate career with Michigan State, he played...  more
  • 6
    Point guard, Guard
    458
    196

    Age43

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, United States of America

    Number24

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics, Detroit Pistons

    1996 - 2000

    NCAA Champion (2000)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2000)

  • 7

    1975 - 1979

    NCAA Champion (1979)

  • 8
    Shooting guard
    273
    104

    Age49

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks

    1990 - 1995

    Shawn Christopher Respert (born February 6, 1972) is an American retired professional basketball player who used to be an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association...  more
  • 9
    Samurai Mike addedGuard
    371
    162

    Age27

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan

    Number45

    TeamsChicago Bulls

    2012 - 2016

    Denzel Robert Valentine (born November 16, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the...  more
  • 10
    Samurai Mike addedShooting guard, Small forward
    326
    138

    Age40

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan

    Number23

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors

    1999 - 2001

    NCAA Champion (2000)

  • 11
    Samurai Mike addedSmall forward
    354
    156

    Number0

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets

    2016 - 2018

    Miles Emmanuel Bridges is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Michigan State...  more
  • 12
    Timothy Hayes addedPower forward, Center
    356
    158

    Age40

    BirthplaceMarion, Indiana, United States of America

    Number50

    TeamsSacramento Kings

    2000 - 2001

    Zachary McKenley Randolph (born July 16, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed Z-Bo, the...  more

    #153 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#58 of 168 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#109 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • 13
    EdKoster addedShooting guard, Small forward
    200
    68

    Age43

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    TeamsToronto Raptors, New Orleans Pelicans

    Morris Russell Peterson Jr. (born August 26, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player. He is also a cousin of former basketball player of the Indiana Pacers and the New York...  more
  • 14
    Timothy Hayes addedShooting guard
    300
    128

    Age27

    BirthplaceFall Creek Township, Fishers, Indiana

    Number14

    TeamsOrlando Magic

    2012 - 2014

    Gary Harris (born September 14, 1994) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball at...  more

    #96 of 323 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today#76 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#91 of 133 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • 15
    Samurai Mike addedCenter
    296
    147

    Number13

    TeamsMemphis Grizzlies

    2017 - 2018

    Jaren Walter Jackson Jr. (born September 15, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball...  more
  • 16
    TheUnderranker addedForward
    101
    21

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan

    2017 - present

  • 17

    2007 - 2011

    Kalin Jay Lucas (born May 24, 1989) is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for Michigan State University....  more
  • 18

    1977 - 1981

    Jay Fletcher Vincent (born June 10, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'7" forward, Vincent played at Michigan State University under coach, Jud Heathcote, where he teamed...  more
  • 19
    Point guard
    143
    57

    Age58

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics, Chicago Bulls

    1981 - 1985

    James Samuel Vincent (born May 18, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball Player and Coach. Vincent won the State of Michigan "Mr. Basketball" award in 1981, the first year the award...  more
  • 20
    Point guard
    184
    94

    Age47

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, USA

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

    1991 - 1995

    Eric Snow (born April 5, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball player. Snow played the point guard position in the NBA from 1995 to 2008 and appeared in three NBA Finals. Known for his...  more
  • 21
    Timothy Hayes addedForward
    170
    85

    Age30

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    Number5

    2010 - 2014

    Adreian Payne is a basketball player....  more
  • 22
    Coleton_j addedPoint guard, Shooting guard
    135
    62

    Age35

    BirthplaceProviso Township, Maywood, Illinois, United States of America

    Number26

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls

    2003 - 2006

    Shannon Brown (born November 29, 1985) is an American professional basketball player. He attended Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in 2003, and played...  more
  • 23
    Power forward, Center
    139
    68

    Age87

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Baltimore Bullets, Cincinnati Royals, San Diego Rockets

    1956 - 1959

    John M. "Jumpin' Johnny" Green (born December 8, 1933) is an American retired professional basketball player....  more
  • 24

    2004 - 2008

    Drew Neitzel (born May 7, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
  • 25
    101
    55

    Age71

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

    1969 - 1970

    Not to be confused with Ralph Sampson, who played in the NBA from 1983 to 1992Ralph Derek Simpson (born August 10, 1949) is a retired American basketball player. He played professionally in the...  more