Basketball The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time  

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List Rules Upvote the best basketball players in Spartans history based only on the player's college career.

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?

In the 2017-18 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season, the Michigan State Spartans roster has the starting five: Cassius Winston, Josh Langford, Miles Bridges, Nick Ward, and Jaren Jackson.

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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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Magic Johnson Point guard, Power forward - 1977-1979

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Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Draymond Green 2008-2012

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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Steve Smith Shooting guard - 1987-1991

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Scott Skiles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Scott Skiles Point guard - 1982-1986

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Denzel Valentine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Denzel Valentine Guard

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Mateen Cleaves is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Mateen Cleaves Point guard, Guard - 1996-2000

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Jaren Jackson Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Jaren Jackson Jr.

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Shawn Respert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Shawn Respert Shooting guard - 1990-1995

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Eric Snow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Eric Snow Point guard - 1991-1995

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Greg Kelser is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Greg Kelser 1975-1979

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Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Miles Bridges

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Jason Richardson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Jason Richardson Shooting guard, Small forward

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Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Timothy Hayes added Zach Randolph Power forward, Center

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Sam Vincent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Sam Vincent Point guard - 1981-1985

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Kalin Lucas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Kalin Lucas 2007-2011

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Jay Vincent is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Jay Vincent 1977-1981

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Johnny Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Johnny Green Power forward, Center - 1956-1959

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Gary Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Timothy Hayes added Gary Harris Shooting guard, Guard

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Antonio Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Antonio Smith 1995-1999

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Horace Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Horace Walker 1957-1960

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Mike Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Mike Robinson 1971-1974

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Drew Neitzel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Drew Neitzel 2004-2008

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Adreian Payne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Timothy Hayes added Adreian Payne Forward

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Nick Ward is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Timothy Hayes added Nick Ward

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Ralph Simpson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Ralph Simpson Swingman - 1969-1970

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Shannon Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Coleton_j added Shannon Brown Point guard, Shooting guard

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Paul Davis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Paul Davis Power forward, Center - 2002-2006

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Deyonta Davis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Deyonta Davis

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Stan Washington is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Stan Washington 1963-1966

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Julius McCoy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Julius McCoy 1953-1956

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Travis Walton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Travis Walton 2005-2009

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Kirk Manns is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Kirk Manns 1986-1990

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Delvon Roe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Delvon Roe Power forward - 2008-2011

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Mark Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Mark Montgomery 1988-1992

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Drew Naymick is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time
Drew Naymick Center - 2003-2008