The 2010 NBA season has begun. Like many others I chose to watch the Boston Celtics beat up on the Miami Heat 88-80 in the season opener. There were a few familiar names taking part in that game -- for Kansas City folks, at least. Those include Mario Chalmers and Paul Pierce from Kansas, which may be two of the most memorable Jayhawks.
Chalmers didn't play while Pierce put up 19 points and nine rebounds against the Heat.
If you choose to root for the players from Missouri, Kansas or Kansas State then you can just about find a game every night with some sort of rooting interest.
There are 12 players from Kansas, three from Kansas State and three from Missouri.
Here's a list of players in the NBA from those three schools. Kansas obviously leads the long list.
|Aldrich, Cole||Oklahoma City Thunder||Kansas|
|Arthur, Darrell||Memphis Grizzlies||Kansas|
|Chalmers, Mario||Miami Heat||Kansas|
|Collins, Sherron||Charlotte Bobcats||Kansas|
|Collison, Nick||Oklahoma City Thunder||Kansas|
|Gooden, Drew||Milwaukee Bucks||Kansas|
|Henry, Xavier||Memphis Grizzlies||Kansas|
|Hinrich, Kirk||Washington Wizards||Kansas|
|Jackson, Darnell||Sacramento Kings||Kansas|
|Pierce, Paul||Boston Celtics||Kansas|
|Rush, Brandon||Indiana Pacers||Kansas|
|Wright, Julian||Toronto Raptors||Kansas|
|Carroll, DeMarre||Memphis Grizzlies||Missouri|
|Dooling, Keyon||Milwaukee Bucks||Missouri|
|Kleiza, Linas||Toronto Raptors||Missouri|
|Beasley, Michael||Minnesota Timberwolves||Kansas State|
|Martin, Cartier||Washington Wizards||Kansas State|
|Walker, Bill||New York Knicks||Kansas State|