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The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time 

Ranker NCAA Basketball
Updated January 24, 2020 4.3k votes 520 voters 10.6k views 79 items

List Rules 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Hibbing, Minnesota, United States of America

Age: 62

Teams: Boston Celtics

Golden Gophers career: 1976–1980

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Mychal Thompson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Mychal Thompson Power forward and Center from Nassau, Bahamas

Age: 64

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

Golden Gophers career: 1974–1978

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#483 of 872 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #88 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #25 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

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Bobby Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Salisbury, North Carolina

Age: 46

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves, + more

Golden Gophers career: 1995–1997

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Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Greensboro, North Carolina

Age: Dec. at 70 (1944-2014)

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

Golden Gophers career: 1963–1966

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Trent Tucker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 60

Teams: New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

Golden Gophers career: 1978–1982

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Willie Burton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Detroit, Michigan

Age: 51

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

Golden Gophers career: 1986–1990

7
Jim Brewer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Proviso Township, Maywood, Illinois

Age: 68

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

Golden Gophers career: 1970–1973

8
Voshon Lenard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard from Detroit, Michigan

Age: 46

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

Golden Gophers career: 1991–1995

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Randy Breuer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Lake City, Minnesota, United States of America

Age: 59

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks

Golden Gophers career: 1979–1983

10
Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

Age: Dec. at 59 (1954-2013)

Teams: Kansas City Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks

Golden Gophers career: 1975–1977

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Archie Clark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 78

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Baltimore Bullets, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Detroit Pistons

Golden Gophers career: 1963–1966

12
Sam Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Sam Jacobson

Age: 44

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors

Golden Gophers career: 1994–1998

13
Mark Olberding is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 63

Teams: Kansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls

Golden Gophers career: 1974–1975

14
Kevin Lynch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Kevin Lynch

Age: 51

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

Golden Gophers career: 1987–1991

15
Quincy Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

Age: 42

Teams: Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves

Golden Gophers career: 1995–1999

16
Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 43

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors

Golden Gophers career: 2003–2004

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Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
18
Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
19
Richard Coffey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Richard Coffey

Age: 54

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves

Golden Gophers career: 1990-1991

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Larry Mikan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Larry Mikan

Age: 71

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

Golden Gophers career: 1967–1970

21
John Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
John Thomas Center from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Age: 44

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, + more

Golden Gophers career: 1993–1997

22
Joel Przybilla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Monticello, Minnesota, United States of America

Age: 40

Number: 10

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks

Golden Gophers career: 1998–2000

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Jim Petersen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Jim Petersen Power forward and Center from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Age: 57

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

Golden Gophers career: 1980–1984

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Melvin Newbern is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Melvin Newbern Shooting guard from Toledo, Ohio

Age: 52

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Golden Gophers career: 1987–1990

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Trevor Mbakwe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
Trevor Mbakwe Power forward from Saint Paul, Minnesota

Age: 30

Golden Gophers career: 2010–2013