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Notre Dame’s Best NBA Players

And the Irish certainly have a lot to choose from

Dallas Mavericks v Washington Bullets
 LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 16: Adrian Dantley #4 of the Dallas Mavericks looks on before a NBA basketball game against the Washington Bullets at the Capital Centre on December 16, 1989 in Landover, Maryland.
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Notre Dame hasn’t been in the ACC all that long really, and the Irish have done fairly well under Mike Brey.

The basketball glory goes back a lot further than that. Notre Dame has a permanent spot in basketball history for ending UCLA’s incredible 88-game win streak.

And the Irish have had some great NBA players too. Here’s our pick for the Top Five Fighting Irish in the NBA.

  • Adrian Dantley - AD was a superb basketball player. Undersized at 6-5, he could battle inside and shoot outside. He was a six-time All-Star, made the Hall of Fame and averaged 24.27 ppg for his career.
  • Orlando Woolridge - A tremendously athletic forward, Woolridge had an excellent 15-year NBA career and is one of the few - perhaps the only - guy to play with both Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.
  • Austin Carr - injuries limited him to an extent but Carr still had career averages of 15.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.75 apg. He remains a beloved figure in Cleveland.
  • Bill Laimbeer - Okay, he’s not beloved, but he was a key part of two championship teams and he didn’t care what anyone thought. Yes, he was a dirty player, but he had a powerful influence on the league. Take that however you like.
  • Kelly Tripucka - Often called overrated, Tripucka nonetheless averaged 17.17 over 10 seasons. He was a solid, if not spectacular player. And on the upside, no one we can think of ever called him dirty.