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The Greatest Michigan State Basketball Players of All Time

Updated March 4, 2020 12.6k votes 1.7k voters 30.1k 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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    Magic Johnson

    Point guard

    Age62

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    Number32

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    1977 - 1979

    NCAA Champion (1979)

    NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1979)

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    #207 of 362 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time#251 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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    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

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    #155 of 395 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today#5 of 72 The Best College Basketball Players Right Now

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    Draymond Green

    Power forward

    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

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    #124 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#10 of 40 The Most Hated Active NBA Players

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    Steve Smith

    Shooting guard

    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

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    #22 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#9 of 27 The Best NCAA Shooting Guards of the 90s

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    Mateen Cleaves

    Point guard, Guard

    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)

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    Scott Skiles

    Point guard

    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

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    #85 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#98 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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    Shawn Respert

    Shooting guard

    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
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    1975 - 1979

    NCAA Champion (1979)

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    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
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    Jason Richardson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan

    Number23

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors

    1999 - 2001

    NCAA Champion (2000)

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    #274 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#61 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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    Miles Bridges

    Small forward

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    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
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    Zach Randolph

    Power forward, Center

    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

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    #20 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History#59 of 168 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

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    Morris Peterson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    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
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    Gary Harris

    Shooting guard

    Age26

    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

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    #116 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#44 of 75 The Best Current Wing Players in the NBA

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    BirthplacePlainfield, New Jersey

    Number13

    TeamsMemphis Grizzlies

    2017 - 2018

    Jaren Jackson Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Michigan State Spartans....  more
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    Xavier Tillman

    Forward

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan

    2017 - present

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    Kalin Lucas

    2007 - 2011

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

    Point guard

    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
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    Eric Snow

    Point guard

    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
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    Age30

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    Number5

    2010 - 2014

    Adreian Payne is a basketball player....  more
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    Shannon Brown

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    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
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    Johnny Green

    Power forward, Center

    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
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    Drew Neitzel

    2004 - 2008

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