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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3. Michael Redd

Michael Redd was another born-and-bred Ohio guy. He was born in Wooster and played high school basketball in Columbus at West High School. He then went to Ohio State and was amazing right away, scoring 21.9 points per game as a freshman. Redd helped lead the Buckeyes to the Final Four in 1997 as well.

Redd left for the NBA in 2000 and was a second-round pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was immediately a piece for them and was quickly an All-Star by his fourth season. In that season, he averaged 21.7 points, 5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists a game. He also shot 47% from the field that year.

Because of that, he made Third-team All-NBA, something neither of the previous players on this roster did. He was a really good player for the Bucks for the first nine seasons he played. That's when his career essentially ended because of a couple of devastating injuries.

In 2009, Redd tore his ACL and his MCL in his left knee. He would miss almost a year. When he came back the following season, he re-tore both ligaments in the same knee. That was pretty much all she wrote about his career. He was never the same and only played an injury-plagued two more seasons after that.

Had Redd not torn his knee up twice, his game would have aged pretty well. He would have had the same kind of longevity that Jackson had. Instead, he had a bit of a sad end to his NBA story. Still, his high point was pretty strong.

The next player on our list actually won both a collegiate title and an NBA title.