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The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

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Upvote the best basketball players in Golden Gophers history based only on the player's college career.

Minnesota basketball fans, we’re ranking the best Minnesota Golden Gophers of all-time. This list of Minnesota 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 University of Minnesota men's basketball team history include Kevin McHale, Mychal Thompson, Kris Humphries, and Flip Saunders. Who is the best Minnesota Golden Gopher ever?

Vote up the ones you think are the greatest Minnesota basketball players in Golden Gophers history. Feel free to add any Golden Gopher freshmen, NBA rookies, or Minnesota alumni missing from the list.

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  • Kevin McHale
    1
    Power forward
    • Age: 64
    • Number: 32
    • Teams: Boston Celtics

    Golden Gophers career: 1976–1980

  • Mychal Thompson
    2
    Power forward, Center
    • Age: 67
    • Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

    Golden Gophers career: 1974–1978

  • Bobby Jackson
    3
    Point guard
    • Age: 49
    • Teams: Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Golden Gophers career: 1995–1997

  • Lou Hudson
    4
    Shooting guard, Small forward
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1944-2014)
    • Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

    Golden Gophers career: 1963–1966

  • Trent Tucker
    5
    Shooting guard
    • Age: 62
    • Teams: New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

    Golden Gophers career: 1978–1982

  • Ray Williams
    6
    Point guard
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1954-2013)
    • Teams: Kansas City Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks

    Golden Gophers career: 1975–1977

  • Willie Burton
    7
    Point guard
    • Age: 53
    • Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

    Golden Gophers career: 1986–1990

  • Jim Brewer
    8
    Power forward
    • Age: 70
    • Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

    Golden Gophers career: 1970–1973

  • Archie Clark
    9
    • Age: 80
    • Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Baltimore Bullets, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Detroit Pistons

    Golden Gophers career: 1963–1966

  • Voshon Lenard
    10
    Shooting guard
    • Age: 49
    • Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

    Golden Gophers career: 1991–1995

  • Randy Breuer
    11
    • Age: 61
    • Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks

    Golden Gophers career: 1979–1983

  • Larry Mikan
    12
    Power forward
    • Age: 74
    • Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Golden Gophers career: 1967–1970

  • Quincy Lewis
    13
    Shooting guard, Small forward
    • Age: 45
    • Teams: Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Golden Gophers career: 1995–1999

  • Sam Jacobson
    14
    Shooting guard, small forward
    • Age: 46
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors

    Golden Gophers career: 1994–1998

  • Mark Olberding
    15
    Power forward, small forward
    • Age: 66
    • Teams: Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls

    Golden Gophers career: 1974–1975

  • Dave Winfield
    16
    • Age: 70

    Golden Gophers career: 1993–1994

     

  • John Thomas
    17
    • Age: 46
    • Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

    Golden Gophers career: 1993–1997

  • Kevin Lynch
    18
    Shooting guard, small forward
    • Age: 53
    • Teams: Charlotte Hornets

    Golden Gophers career: 1987–1991

  • 19

    Daniel Oturu

    Center

      Golden Gophers career: 2018-present

    • Flip Saunders
      20
      • Age: 67

      Golden Gophers career: 1973–1977

    • Jim Petersen
      21
      Power forward, Center
      • Age: 60
      • Teams: Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

      Golden Gophers career: 1980–1984

    • Richard Coffey
      22
      Small forward
      • Age: 56
      • Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves

      Golden Gophers career: 1990-1991

    • Ron Behagen
      23
      Power forward, Center
      • Age: 71
      • Teams: Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets

      Golden Gophers career: 1971–1973

    • Melvin Newbern
      24
      Shooting guard
      • Age: 54
      • Teams: Detroit Pistons

      Golden Gophers career: 1987–1990

    • Dick Garmaker
      25
      Shooting guard, small forward
      • Age: 89
      • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

      Golden Gophers career: 1953–1955