WSJ: Which colleges produced most NBA minutes?

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article that breaks down which colleges produced the most minutes in the NBA during this strike-shortened campaign. Duke, to no surprise, landed at No. 1, with 21,609 minutes. But what about Big Ten teams? Ohio State (7,903 minutes) came in 13th to lead 10 Big Ten teams. See the breakdown and the players who contributed the minutes in this post.

Big Ten Teams
Ohio State: 6 players; 7,903 minutes (Mike Conley Jr., Evan Turner, Byron Mullens, Michael Redd, Daequan Cook, Kosta Koufos)
Michigan State: 4; 4,187 (Zach Randolph, Jason Richardson, Shannon Brown, Alan Anderson)
Wisconsin: 3; 3,062 (Devin Harris, Jon Leuer, Greg Stiemsma)
Minnesota: 2; 2,611 (Kris Humphries, Joel Przybilla)
Michigan: 4; 2,428 (Jamal Crawford, Manny Harris, Juwan Howard, Darius Morris)
Illinois: 2; 2,275 (Deron Williams, Brian Cook)
Indiana: 3; 2,137 (Eric Gordon, D.J. White, Jared Jeffries)
Purdue: 5; 2,051 (Carl Landry, Brad Miller, Brian Cardinal, JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore)
Iowa: 1; 771 (Reggie Evans)
Nebraska: 1; 118 (Mikki Moore)*

The other teams: Northwestern and Penn State didn’t garner any NBA minutes.

Random observation: These players would make up a REALLY good NBA roster. Here’s my team: Deron Williams, Eric Gordon, Evan Turner, Zach Randolph and Kris Humphries as the starters, Jamal Crawford as the sixth man, and Devin Harris, Mike Conley Jr., Jason Richardson, Carl Landry and Shannon Brown as the other guys off the bench. Not too shabby.

* — Moore played at Nebraska when the Huskers were a member of the Big 12.

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Bob on 6/21/2012 @ 1:22pm EST Said:

Doesn’t help Purdue that Landry was injured almost all year and the Celtics don’t play rookies much in JJ/E’Twaun. Also Miller and Cardinal at end of careers.

Ben Schlichter on 6/21/2012 @ 1:48pm EST Said:

Amazing that Ohio State is that dominant in the Big Ten..

Will on 6/21/2012 @ 2:05pm EST Said:

well, if we go with that theory…….add Greg Oden to Ohio State, he was injured all year as well and would have played starter minutes. Michael Redd is also at the end of his career coming off knee surgeries……article just talks about minutes played and doesn’t justify why one school is more than another.

Benn Schoff on 6/22/2012 @ 9:24am EST Said:

Um… Jason Richardson off the bench. I think he starts on his his NBA team?

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 6/22/2012 @ 11:29am EST Said:

    I had him as the starter at first, but I went with the younger Turner. The two players are trending in opposite directions, and I think you’ll see that even more next season. We saw a glimpse of it this season.