NBA Players By College: What College Has The Most NBA Players?

NBA Players By College
NBA Players By College

Which college has the most NBA players?

Similar to our post on what college has produced the most NFL players, we gathered data on every NBA player who has ever appeared on an active NBA roster, to figure out what college has the most NBA players of all-time.

Most NBA Players By College: 2020-2021 Season

The Kentucky Wildcats have 32 players in the NBA. All-Stars Bam Adebayo and Devin Booker (son of Big Eight Player of the Year Melvin Booker) are known studs already.

Rookies Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley begin their NBA careers in 2020-2021.

Colleges with the most players on 2020-21 NBA rosters

SCHOOLNUMBER
Kentucky32
Duke29
North Carolina13
Arizona11
Kansas11
Michigan11
Texas11
UCLA11
Villanova9
Washington9
Florida State8
Michigan State8
USC8
Virginia8
Iowa State7
Gonzaga6
Indiana6
Louisville6
Wake Forest6
Arkansas5
Florida5
LSU5
Marquette5
Maryland5
Memphis5
Oregon5
Stanford5
Texas A&M5
UConn5
Vanderbilt5
Alabama4
Colorado4
Georgia4
Kansas State4
Nevada4
Ohio State4
Tennessee4
UNLV4
Washington State4
Arizona State3
Auburn3
Baylor3
Boston College3
Butler3
Fresno State3
Georgetown3
Georgia Tech3
Mississippi State3
Missouri3
Oklahoma3
Purdue3
Saint Joseph’s3
San Diego State3
SMU3
South Carolina3
Syracuse3
Texas Tech3
Tulsa3
Utah3
College of Charleston2
Creighton2
Dayton2
DePaul2
Houston2
Miami (FL)2
Minnesota2
Murray State2
NC State2
Old Dominion2
Pitt2
Saint Mary’s2
St. John’s2
TCU2
Western Kentucky2
Wichita State2
Wyoming2
Xavier2
Belmont1
Boise State1
Bowling Green1
Bucknell1
Cal Poly1
Cal State Long Beach1
California1
Campbell1
Central Florida1
Cincinnati1
Davidson1
Delaware1
Denver1
Florida Gulf Coast1
George Washington1
Green Bay1
Illinois1
Iowa1
IUPUI1
La Salle1
Lehigh1
Lipscomb1
Louisiana1
Louisiana Tech1
Marshall1
Missouri State1
Montana State1
Nebraska1
New Mexico1
New Mexico State1
Notre Dame1
Oakland1
Oklahoma State1
Ole Miss1
Oregon State1
Penn State1
Princeton1
Providence1
Purdue-Fort Wayne1
Radford1
Seton Hall1
St. Bonaventure1
Syracuse1
Tennessee State1
Truman State1
Tulane1
UC Santa Barbara1
USC Upstate1
Utah State University1
Virginia Tech1
Weber State1
West Virginia1
William & Mary1
Wisconsin1
Yale1

Most NBA Players By College: 2019-2020 Season

Overall, Kentucky has produced the most NBA players with 107 players appearing on an roster. UCLA comes in a close second with 97 players produced all-time.

What college has the most players on the same team? As of 12/15/19, five Duke Blue Devils are on the New Orleans Pelicans: J.J. Redick, Brandon Ingram, Frank Jackson, Jahlil Okafor, Zion Williamson.

Four teams have three players from the same school:

Since the NBA’s formation in the 1940s, there have been 3,394 players on rosters in both the United States and Canada.

NBA Players By College – Overall Top 10

  1. Kentucky – 107
  2. UCLA – 97
  3. North Carolina – 90
  4. Duke – 83
  5. Kansas – 72
  6. Indiana – 66
  7. Louisville – 58
  8. Notre Dame – 56
  9. Arizona – 56
  10. St. John’s – 52
NBA Players By College
NBA Players By College – What College Has The Most NBA Players?

When it comes to career length, Clemson holds the longest all-time career length with former players averaging almost eight years in the league.

Alabama comes in second place with almost seven and a half years on average as Auburn follows close behind.

What College Has The Most NBA Players By Decade?

Most NBA Players By College Per Decade

In the 1960s, Indiana produced the most NBA players.

In the 70s, North Carolina took over.

UCLA ruled the 1980s through the 2000s until Kentucky took control of the past decade.

That’s not surprising, as Kentucky has appeared in the NCAA tournament every year except for two since 2000 and won the tournament most recently in 2012.

Here are some additional takeaways:
  • The University of Kentucky has produced the most NBA players of all time with 107. They also had the most players in the NBA in the 2018-19 season
  • Players out of Clemson have the longest careers with an average of 7.7 years on the roster, followed by Alabama and Auburn
  • UCLA has been among the top 3 in producing NBA players every decade since 1970.

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