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The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

Updated January 24, 2020 5.5k votes 540 voters 11.4k 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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  • 1
    Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Kevin McHale

    Power forward, Center

    Age62

    BirthplaceHibbing, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsBoston 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
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    Mychal Thompson

    Power forward, Center

    Age64

    BirthplaceNassau, Bahamas

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

    Golden Gophers career: 1974–1978

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    Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Bobby Jackson

    Point guard

    Age46

    BirthplaceSalisbury, North Carolina

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

    Golden Gophers career: 1995–1997

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

    Point guard

    Age51

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

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

    Golden Gophers career: 1986–1990

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    Trent Tucker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Trent Tucker

    Shooting guard

    Age60

    BirthplaceTarboro, North Carolina

    TeamsNew York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

    Golden Gophers career: 1978–1982

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    Jim Brewer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    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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    Archie Clark is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Age78

    BirthplaceConway, Arkansas

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

    Golden Gophers career: 1963–1966

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    Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    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 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Voshon Lenard

    Shooting guard

    Age46

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

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

    Golden Gophers career: 1991–1995

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    Randy Breuer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Age59

    BirthplaceLake City, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks

    Golden Gophers career: 1979–1983

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

    Power forward, small forward

    Age63

    BirthplaceMelrose, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls

    Golden Gophers career: 1974–1975

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

    Shooting guard, small forward

    Age44

    BirthplaceCottage Grove, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors

    Golden Gophers career: 1994–1998

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    Kevin Lynch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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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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    Quincy Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Quincy Lewis

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Golden Gophers career: 1995–1999

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    Larry Mikan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Larry Mikan

    Power forward

    Age71

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

    Golden Gophers career: 1967–1970

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    Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    30

    Age68

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

    Golden Gophers career: 1993–1994

     

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    Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Kris Humphries

    Power forward

    Age34

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    Number43

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors

    Golden Gophers career: 2003–2004

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    Richard Coffey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Richard Coffey

    Small forward

    Age54

    BirthplaceNorth Carolina

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

    Golden Gophers career: 1990-1991

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    Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Age64

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Golden Gophers career: 1973–1977

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    Melvin Newbern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Melvin Newbern

    Shooting guard

    Age52

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    Golden Gophers career: 1987–1990

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    John Thomas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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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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    Ron Behagen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Ron Behagen

    Power forward, Center

    Age68

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Kansas City Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets

    Golden Gophers career: 1971–1973

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    Dick Garmaker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Dick Garmaker

    Shooting guard, small forward

    Age87

    BirthplaceHibbing, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

    Golden Gophers career: 1953–1955

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    Jim Petersen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time
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    Jim Petersen

    Power forward, Center

    Age57

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

    Golden Gophers career: 1980–1984

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