As we get to the heart of the basketball edition of You’re Nuts (I keep saying it, but I don’t think this thing ever ends), the resident “Bucketheads” Connor and Justin will examine the history of the Ohio State hoops and dig through the record books.
For this week’s You’re Nuts, we’ll see who we think is the best Buckeye in the NBA since 2000. SINCE 2000. I have to say it twice because I know someone is going to yell at me John Havlicek. So, again, the question is the best Buckeye since 2000 in the NBA.
Last week, Connor and Justin put together a team made up of a coach, player and mascot to be abandoned on an island with. Connor chose Greg McDermott, Kofi Cockburn and Brutus and Justin also chose Jay Wright, Jordan Bohannan and Brutus.
Connor’s team narrowly edged Justin’s team with 55% of the vote while Justin’s team got 45%. This sets the current count to:
After 15 weeks
(Nine weeks ago there was a tie)
After 15 crazy weeks, Connor holds an 8-4 lead over Justin and now officially runs away with the win. The “other” option won twice.
Now let’s go ahead and focus on this week’s topic, the best Buckeye Hooper in the NBA since 2000. We’ll give the option of another one, but you have to tell us in the comments who you think it is. is if you choose another. Teach us something.
Question Of The Day: Who Was Ohio State’s Best NBA Hoop Player?
Connor: Mike Conley Jr. (2007-)
If you are looking for consistency, Mike Conley Jr. is your man. It’s like apple pie with vanilla ice cream – not the better option there (that would be a cherry pie, for the record), but you can count all the best options on the one hand. A great all-rounder, who to this day is still underestimated.
Conley – the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies – has played more than 800 games during his career, averaging 63 games per season in his 14-year NBA career until now. He’s averaged 14.9 points, 5.7 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game over those 14 seasons. He’s also an 82.1% and 37.9% free throw shooter from beyond the arc. He’s averaged over 15 points per game for seven of the past eight seasons, including last year’s season at the age of 33.
Now with Utah Jazz, Conley’s final season was one of the best yet. In the last campaign, he averaged 16.2 points, 6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game for the 52-20 Jazz, who were the No.1 seed in the Western Conference in the playoffs. of the NBA. He also won his very first All-Star appearance, which at 14 was the longest a first All-Star has ever had to wait.
While he’s been great with Jazz over the past two years, let’s not forget all the fantastic years he had with the team that drafted him, the Memphis Grizzlies. Conley played at Memphis for 12 seasons and is currently the career record holder at Memphis in the following categories:
- Games played (788)
- Three-point field goals (1,086)
- Helpers (4,509)
- Flights (1,169)
- Points (11,733)
- Offensive victory shares (45.6)
And the point is, Conley isn’t done yet, and his final seasons suggest he has a few more years left in those legs. But when he’s finished, there will be a statue of Mike Conley outside the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Conley, Tony Allen, Marc Gasol, and Zach Randolph will likely have a common statue as the Grizzlies’ “Core Four” for much of the decade.
While his only All-Star appearance and no title (so far) might cause some people to pause thinking about how drafted he was, Conley has been anything but a bust. Between his durability and outright productivity, Conley has had a wonderful and consistent career so far – with a lot more to do.
Justin: Michael Redd (2000-2012)
I love Michael Redd. There is something to be said about a guy that goes beyond what he’s supposed to do. It’s Michael Redd. He went from the 43rd pick in the NBA Draft to averaging nearly 20 points per game for his 11-year career in the league. He played for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2000-11, then played for the Phoenix Suns in the 2011-12 season.
Redd went through a three to four year span of being one of the league’s top scorers, averaging 23.0 points per game in 2004-05, 25.4 points the following year and 26, 7 points per game in the 2006-07 campaign for the Milwaukee Bucks. Over his 11 seasons, he’s averaged less than 10 points per game in three of them, one being his first year in the league and the other his last.
Redd was also a staple of the US Men’s National Team winning gold with the “Redeem” team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. They were so called because they lost a gold medal in 2004 and were looking to redeem themselves in 2008. Redd helped them achieve that goal.
He was a career 38% three-point shooter, 48% on the field and 84% on the free throw line. All of those numbers are solid for the rate and usage that he was used on the Bucks as a goalscorer.
He’s averaged 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for his career. None of these numbers are amazing or jump out at you, but it was able to come in handy on glass and maintained its effectiveness.
In the end, the Bucks recruited a young and unproven 6-foot-6 guard from Ohio State and secured a franchise scorer that true Bucks fans still remember. He was Khris Middleton before Khris Middleton; Granted, Middleton is a better rebounder, but that’s not the point of this article.
The point is, Michael Redd has been the best Buckeye in the league since 2000.
You’re Nuts: Who has been Ohio State’s best NBA basketball player since 2000?
Connor: Mike Conley
Justin: Michael Redd
105 votes in total