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Five Days of List-Mas: NBA players from Pennsylvania

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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 Pennsylvania.

Amile Jefferson, Savon Goodman and Ryan Arcidiacono are all standout basketball recruits who are headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Pennsylvania 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 Keystone State to play in the NBA.

5. Richard Hamilton

Credentials: “Rip” Hamilton graduated from Coatesville in 1996 and went to Connecticut, helping the Huskies win a national title in 1999. He was drafted No. 7 overall in 1999 by the Washington Wizards. Hamilton won a 2004 title with the Detroit Pistons and is a three-time NBA All-Star.

4. Rasheed Wallace

Credentials: The 1993 graduate of Simon Gratz went to North Carolina for two seasons before being drafted No. 4 overall by the Washington Bullets in 1995. He is a four-time All-Star and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He retired with more than 15,000 points and 7,000 rebounds.

3. Earl Monroe

Credentials: The 1963 graduate of John Bartram was a No. 2 overall pick in 1967. Monroe was a four-time All-Star and a rookie of the year. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.

2. Kobe Bryant

Credentials: The 1996 graduate of Lower Merion was drafted straight out of high school, the first guard ever to be taken straight from the high school ranks. He was drafted 13th overall to the Charlotte Hornets, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant is a five-time NBA champ, a 13-time All-Star and a two-time finals MVP.

1. Wilt Chamberlain

Credentials: A 1955 graduate of Overbrook, Chamberlain is arguably the greatest NBA player of all time. He was reportedly recruited by 200 schools but chose Kansas. He went on to be a four-time MVP, a seven-time scoring champ and a 13-time All-Star.

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