The best Big Ten draft pick at every NBA Draft position

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The best Big Ten draft pick at every NBA Draft position

The Big Ten saw six players get drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Two of the former standouts (Denzel Valentine – No. 14 to Chicago & Caris LeVert – No. 20 to Indiana; traded to Brooklyn) were selected in the first round.

With the draft in the books, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the best Big Ten player taken in every spot of the first round, 1-30.

Did I miss one? Tweet me your opinions (@BTNSean).

1. Magic Johnson, Michigan State
NBA team: Los Angeles Lakers
Year: 1979
College stats: 17.1 PPG, 7.9 APG, 7.6 RPG

2. Scott May/Isiah Thomas, Indiana
NBA team: Chicago Bulls/Detroit Pistons
Year: 1976/1981
College stats: 17.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG, .513 FG/ 15.4 PPG,5.7 APG, 3.5 RPG

3. Kevin McHale, Minnesota
NBA team: Boston Celtics
Year: 1980
College stats: 15.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, .553 FG

4. Glen Rice, Michigan
NBA team: Miami Heat
Year: 1989
College stats: 18.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, .480 3P%

5. Steve Smith, Michigan State
NBA team: Miami Heat
Year: 1991
College stats: 18.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.7 APG

6. Calbert Cheaney, Indiana
NBA team: Washington Bullets
Year: 1993
College stats: 19.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.7 APG

7. John Havlicek, Ohio State
NBA team: Boston Celtics
Year: 1962
College stats: 14.6 PPG, 8.6 RPG, .508 FG

8. Terry Dischinger, Purdue
NBA team: Chicago Zephyrs
Year: 1962
College stats: N/A

9. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
NBA team: Charlotte Hornets
Year: 2015
College stats: 10.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.3 APG

10. Ronnie Lester, Iowa
NBA team: Portland Trailblazers
Year: 1980
College stats: 16.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG

11. Nick Anderson, Illinois
NBA team: Orlando Magic
Year: 1989
College stats: 17 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.8 APG

12. Mike Woodson, Indiana
NBA team: New York Knicks
Year: 1980
College stats: 19.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, .505 FG

13. Jalen Rose, Michigan
NBA team: Denver Nuggets
Year: 1994
College stats: 20.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.6 APG

14. Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State
NBA team: Detroit Pistons
Year: 2000
College stats: 12.5 PPG, 6.6 APG, 2.1 RPG

15. Phill Hubbard, Michigan
NBA team: Detroit Pistons
Year: 1979
College stats: 16.5 PPG, 11.5 RPG

16. Alan Henderson, Indiana
NBA team: Atlanta Hawks
Year: 1995
College stats: 16 PPG, 8.8 RPG

17. Don Nelson, Iowa
NBA team: Chicago Zephyrs
Year: 1962
College stats: 21.1 PPG, 10.9 RPG

18. B.J. Armstrong, Iowa
NBA team: Chicago Bulls
Year: 1989
College stats: 13.1 PPG, 4 APG, 2 RPG

19. Zach Randolph, Michigan State
NBA team: Portland Trailblazers
Year: 2001
College stats: 10.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG

20. Sam Vincent, Michigan State
NBA team: Boston Celtics
Year: 1985
College stats: 16.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.6 SPG

21. Morris Peterson, Michigan State
NBA team: Toronto Raptors
Year: 2000
College stats: 11.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG

22. George McGinnis, Indiana
NBA team: Philadelphia 76ers
Year: 1973
College stats: 30 PPG, 14.7 RPG

23. Roy Marble Sr., Iowa
NBA team: Atlanta Hawks
Year: 1989
College stats: 15.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.1 APG

24. Brian Cook, Illinois
NBA team: Los Angeles Clippers
Year: 2003
College stats: 13.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG

25. Frank Williams, Illinois
NBA team: Denver Nuggets
Year: 2002
College stats: 14.3 PPG, 4.3 APG, 4.0 RPG

26. Steve Alford, Indiana
NBA team: Dallas Mavericks
Year: 1987
College stats: 19.5 PPG, 3.1 APG, 2.8 RPG

27. JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
NBA team: New Jersey Nets
Year: 2011
College stats: 13.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.9 BLK

28. Deon Thomas, Illinois
NBA team: Dallas Mavericks
Year: 1994
College stats: 19.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.5 APG

29. Alando Tucker, Wisconsin
NBA team: Phoenix Suns
Year: 2007
College stats: 16.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.6 APG

30. Steve Green, Indiana
NBA team: Chicago Bulls
Year: 1975
College stats: N/A

Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor

BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman covers football and men's basketball and provides original content for BTN.com. You can follow him on Twitter @BTNSean.

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