33 players from SEC schools on NBA rosters
Prince is one of eleven former Wildcats in the NBA
Prince is one of eleven former Wildcats in the NBA

Posted Nov 11, 2002

A total of 33 players from SEC schools are represented on 20 different NBA opening day rosters. Kentucky has the most representatives with eleven former Wildcats in the NBA. Alabama and Auburn are next with five, while Florida has four. There are eleven of the twelve league schools who have former players on opening day rosters. South Carolina is the only SEC team that do not have a former player in the NBA.


Former SEC standouts Latrell Sprewell and Robert Horry of Albama and Shaquille O’Neal from LSU are entering their tenth season in the NBA. Sprewell is playing for New York and Horry and O’Neal are with the L.A. Lakers, the defending NBA champs.


The New York Knicks have five players from SEC schools, the most of any other NBA team. Four NBA squads have three players from SEC schools on the roster.


2002-03 NBA Opening Roster Players from SEC Schools

Name (Team, years in NBA prior to 2002-03)



Jason Caffey (Milwaukee, 7)

Robert Horry (Los Angeles Lakers, 10)

Antonio McDyess (New York, 7)

Latrell Sprewell (New York, 10)      

Gerald Wallace (Sacramento, 1)        



Joe Johnson (Phoenix, 1)     

Jannero Pargo (L.A. Lakers, R)

Corliss Williamson (Detroit, 7)      



Jamison Brewer (Indiana, 1)

Pat Burke (Orlando, R)

Adam Harrington (Dallas, R)

Mamadou N'diaye (Toronto, 2)    

Wesley Person (Memphis, 8)



Andrew DeClercq (Orlando, 7)    

Donnell Harvey (Denver, 2)      

Mike Miller (Orlando, 2)

Jason Williams (Memphis, 4)               



Shandon Anderson (New York, 6)

Jumaine Jones (Cleveland, 3)



Derek Anderson (Portland, 5)    

Tony Delk (Boston, 6)      

Jamaal Magloire (New Orleans, 2)

Jamal Mashburn (New Orleans, 9)        

Walter McCarty (Boston, 6)      

Ron Mercer (Indiana, 5)      

Nazr Mohammed (Atlanta, 4)      

Scott Padgett (Utah, 3)         

Mark Pope (New York, 4)

Tayshaun Prince (Detroit, R)       

Antoine Walker (Boston, 6)



Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers, 10)

Stromile Swift (Memphis, 2)



Ansu Sesay (Seattle, 1)



Erick Dampier (Golden State, 6)



Dan Langhi (Phoenix, 2)



Allan Houston (New York, 8)

Marcus Haislip (Milwaukee, R)

Vincent Yarbrough (Denver, R)

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