Five best NBA careers in Ohio State basketball history

While the Ohio State basketball program may not be thought of as producing NBA talent, there are plenty of great players who have played for the Buckeyes.
Feb 26, 1992; W. Lafayette, IN, USA; FILE PHOTO; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Jimmy Jackson (22) in
Feb 26, 1992; W. Lafayette, IN, USA; FILE PHOTO; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Jimmy Jackson (22) in / RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Mike Conley Jr.

Mike Conley Jr. is the most accomplished Ohio State basketball player in the last 20 years. Not only did he lead the Buckeyes to the National Championship Game back in 2007 but he did so in his only season with the Buckeyes. He too was the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and was taken by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Conley played 12 seasons and Memphis and helped lead the Grizz to multiple Western Conference Finals appearances. In Memphis, he averaged 14.4 points and 5.7 assists. He was a part of their core but couldn't quite crack the All-Star conversation due to being in a tough Western Conference.

That changed when he got traded to Utah. He made his one and only All-Star team in 2020-21 with the Jazz after averaging 16.2 points and 6 assists to go along with 1.4 steals a game. He has played 18 seasons in the league and is still a starter even today.

There's one big thing that Conley hasn't accomplished yet and that's winning an NBA title. He's hoping he can change that this year now that he is playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves. They are one of the favorites to come out of the West this year and have an excellent team.

Playing that long in the NBA is an accomplishment all on its own. He should be proud of his longevity and what he's done in those 18 years. The next player on our list didn't quite have the longevity but had a higher peak than either of these guys.