Ranking the best NBA players to ever come out of BYU #21-16

The BYU Cougars have had an impressive basketball program for a long time.  They have had great teams, legendary coaches and great players.  The Cougars have even had 10 players win Conference Player of the Year Awards, six First-Team All-Americans and  seven Second-Team All-Americans.  Great success at the college level doesn’t always translate to success at the Pro level however.

Although BYU has had 42 players drafted in either the ABA or the NBA, only 21 of them have ever played a regular season game.

This list is the ranking of those 21 players who have played in the NBA (or ABA) out of the Y.

Note: these rankings are based solely on what each player did while playing in the NBA, ABA or in one case, the BAA.  What a player did in college was not taken into consideration.

21. Brandon Davies: Davies went undrafted, but made the Philadelphia 76ers.  He has played 37 games so far this season and is averaging 11.6 minutes a game.  Davies is averaging 2.5 points, two rebounds and .6 assists a game.  Davies is currently on the shelf recovering from an injured pinky finger.

20. Andy Toolson: Toolson made the Utah Jazz as an undrafted free agent in 1990.  He played 47 games his rookie season (15 starts) ans averaged 2.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and .7 assists in 10 minutes a game.

After four years playing around the world, Toolson landed back with the Jazz in the 95-96 season. He only played 13 games and only played about four minutes a night.

For his career, Toolson appeared in 60 games and averaged 2.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and .5 assists.

19. Travis Hansen: Hansen was selected with the eighth pick in the second round (37th overall) by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2003 draft.

Hansen played 41 games that season (four starts) for the Hawks and averaged three points, 1.7 rebounds and .5 assists.

His best two games of his NBA career came in his last two appearances when he combined to score 27 points, grab nine rebounds and hand out five assists.

18. Rafael Araujo: Araujo was selected In the first round (eighth overall) by the Toronto Raptors in the 2004 draft.

Araujo played three seasons in the NBA with the Raptors and the Utah Jazz.  His best season came as a rookie when Araujo appeared in 59 games (41 starts) and averaged 3.3 points and 3.1 rebounds.

His best game that season came against the Golden State Warriors when Araujo finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

For his career, Araujo 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 139 games.

17. Dick Nemelka: Nemelka was selected with the fourth pick in the fifth round (44th overall) by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1966 NBA draft.

Even though Nemelka got drafted in 1966, he never played a game in the NBA, but instead landed with the Utah Stars of the ABA.  He played one season with the Stars in 1970-71.  In 39 games that season, Nemelka averaged 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

16.  Devin Durrant: Durrant was selected with the first pick of the second round (25th overall) by the Indiana Pacers in the 1984 draft.

He played 63 games over two seasons (eight starts) for the Pacers and the Phoenix Suns.  He best season came in 1984-85 for the Pacers when Durrant averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 59 games.

For his career, Durrant averaged five points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

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