The Five Days of List-Mas: NBA Players from Georgia


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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Georgia.

Tony Parker, Robert Carter and Shaq Goodwin are all standout basketball recruits who are headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Georgia has a long history of sending top high school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from the Peach State to play in the NBA.

5. Shareef Abdur-Rahim

Credentials: Abdur-Rahim was a key figure on the Vancouver Grizzlies in their second season. The Wheeler alum and McDonald's All-American was the third overall pick in the 1996 draft and finished his career averaging 18.1 points a game.

4. Dale Ellis

Credentials: Ellis is regarded as one of the most lethal catch-and-shoot players in league history. The Marietta grad was the ninth overall pick in the 1983 Draft and won the 3-point contest in 1989. He was the league's Most Improved Player in 1987 and earned All-NBA third-team accolades two years later.

3. Horace Grant

Credentials: Grant was an underrated contributor to the Bulls' dynasty in the 90s. The Hancock Central grad was deadly shooting 17-footers and could defend multiple positions. Grant finished his career averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 boards. He played for the East Squad in the 1993-94 All-Star game and captured four NBA titles with the Bulls.

2. Dwight Howard

Credentials: The league's premier center was the nation's top high school player as a senior at Southwest Atlanta Christian. The seven-year pro was the first pick in the 2004 Draft and is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Howard has made five All-Star game appearances and took the Magic to the 2009-10 NBA Finals.

1. Walt Frazier

Credentials: Frazier left Howard and became one of the NBA's all-time great guards. He was the fifth pick in the 1967 Draft and went on to play 13 seasons for the Knicks and Cavs. Frazier won a pair of titles with the Knicks in the '70s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.