ESPN's yearly mega-rank/NBA preview thingy is winding down, with only the top 15 players remaining. I've written about Florida's state of the NBA before, but this is additional expert evidence that Florida is one of the best talent factories for the NBA today. Here's a rundown of the former Gators' stars
16. Al Horford (2012: 30)
23. Joakim Noah (2012: 36)
51. David Lee (2012: 59)
58. Chandler Parsons (2012: 152)
73. Bradley Beal (2012: 170)
152. Corey Brewer (2012: 203)
211. Mike Miller (2012: 236)
215. Udonis Haslem (2012: 129)
219: Matt Bonner (2012: 198)
233. Marreese Speights (2012: 195)
321. Nick Calathes (Rookie)
446. Erik Murphy (Rookie)
From a last year's production standpoint, either Speights is seriously underrated, or the trio of Miller/Haslem/Bonner are seriously overrated. Probably a little bit of both, since Speights is borderline invisible as a story, and the other three are beloved NBA staples. Golden State may not use Speights and 233 may be right for him considering that, but he's better than the three old guys.
There are three sets of Gators teammates in the NBA, for now. Nick Calathes and Mike Miller are currently suiting up for Memphis. David Lee and Marreese Speights are both on Golden State's roster. Joakim Noah and Erik Murphy are playing for Chicago.
Toney Douglas, the highest rated Seminole checks, in at 295.