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The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

Updated January 24, 2020 6.0k votes 637 voters 13.9k views79 items

List RulesUpvote 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

    Power forward

    Age63

    BirthplaceHibbing, Minnesota, United States of America

    Number32

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Golden Gophers career: 1976–1980

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    50

    Mychal Thompson

    Power forward, Center

    Age65

    BirthplaceNassau, Bahamas

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

    Golden Gophers career: 1974–1978

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    43

    Lou Hudson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    AgeDec. at 70 (1944-2014)

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

    Golden Gophers career: 1963–1966

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    Bobby Jackson

    Point guard

    Age47

    BirthplaceSalisbury, North Carolina

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Golden Gophers career: 1995–1997

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    43

    Trent Tucker

    Shooting guard

    Age60

    BirthplaceTarboro, North Carolina

    TeamsNew York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

    Golden Gophers career: 1978–1982

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    30

    Jim Brewer

    Power forward

    Age68

    BirthplaceProviso Township, Maywood, Illinois

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

    Golden Gophers career: 1970–1973

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    33

    Willie Burton

    Point guard

    Age51

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

    Golden Gophers career: 1986–1990

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    29

    Ray Williams

    Point guard

    AgeDec. at 59 (1954-2013)

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks

    Golden Gophers career: 1975–1977

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    Voshon Lenard

    Shooting guard

    Age47

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

    Golden Gophers career: 1991–1995

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    Age60

    BirthplaceLake City, Minnesota

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks

    Golden Gophers career: 1979–1983

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    Age79

    BirthplaceConway, Arkansas, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Baltimore Bullets, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Detroit Pistons

    Golden Gophers career: 1963–1966

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    Sam Jacobson

    Shooting guard, small forward

    Age44

    BirthplaceCottage Grove, Minnesota

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors

    Golden Gophers career: 1994–1998

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    Mark Olberding

    Power forward, small forward

    Age63

    BirthplaceMelrose, Minnesota

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls

    Golden Gophers career: 1974–1975

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    Quincy Lewis

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age43

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Golden Gophers career: 1995–1999

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    Larry Mikan

    Power forward

    Age72

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

    Golden Gophers career: 1967–1970

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    Kevin Lynch

    Shooting guard, small forward

    Age51

    BirthplaceBloomington, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets

    Golden Gophers career: 1987–1991

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    31

    Age68

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

    Golden Gophers career: 1993–1994

     

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    Daniel Oturu

    Center

    Golden Gophers career: 2018-present

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    Age64

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Golden Gophers career: 1973–1977

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    Kris Humphries

    Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, USA

    Number43

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors

    Golden Gophers career: 2003–2004

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    Richard Coffey

    Small forward

    Age54

    BirthplaceNorth Carolina

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

    Golden Gophers career: 1990-1991

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    John Thomas

    Center

    Age44

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

    Golden Gophers career: 1993–1997

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    Trevor Mbakwe

    Power forward

    Age30

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    Golden Gophers career: 2010–2013

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    Myer Skoog

    Guard

    Age93

    BirthplaceDuluth, Minnesota

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Golden Gophers career: 1948–1951

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    Age41

    BirthplaceMonticello, Minnesota

    Number10

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks

    Golden Gophers career: 1998–2000