Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Five Alum Who Currently Star in the NBA
CHRIS BOSH is happy!
Why is Chris Bosh so happy?
Is he happy to start another season in Miami alongside LeBron James and Dwayne Wade? Or could it be that Chris Bosh knows that he is the best current player in the NBA who played college ball with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Bosh wasn't at Tech long but he was there. In the 2002-03 season he led the Yellow Jackets scoring 15.6 points a game and averaged 9 boards and 2 blocks a game. It was a mediocre season as the team finished 7-9 in the ACC and ended the season losing in the NIT. But those who saw Bosh play at Tech knew he was destined for stardom.
Even back then, he showed he could dominate inside and step back and hit the jumper. It was no surprise that Bosh left Tech after his freshman season and went on to be the fourth pick in the draft by the Toronto Raptors.
Bosh started a trend of one and done players at Tech that some believed led to the demise of longtime coach Paul Hewitt.
But many of these one and done former Tech players have flourished in the NBA. In fact, there are enough former Tech players in the NBA right now to make a formidable team.
Formidable? Ok, well this gritty squad of former Yellow Jackets could at least beat the Charlotte Bobcats.
Now, in light of the NBA season starting Tuesday here is the starting five of former Tech players.
Jarrett Jack can give dimes!
Jarrett Jack was the starting point guard on one of Tech’s most successful teams. In the 2003–04 season, his sophomore year, he guided Georgia Tech to the NCAA Finals with 12.5 points and 5.1 assists a game. In the NBA he has bounced around, sometimes starting, sometimes coming off the bench. He will play for the Warriors this year and expect that he will get a lot playing time with the always hurt Steph Curry in front of him.
Iman Shumpert can play defense!
Iman Shumpert scored more than 1,000 points in his career at Tech. He had 55 career double digit games at Tech and was fourth all time in steals in school history. And that is what have the New York Knicks so excited about Shumpert. His defense. When he comes back from injury expect Shumpert to start for the Knicks and shut down other guards.
Thad Young is a powerful small forward!
Thaddeus Young should be staring for the Philadelphia 76ers. When will they ever figure that out? Anyway Thad Young was one of the players that left Tech too soon. He left after one year, scoring 14.4 points a game in the 2006-07 season. He would score about that or even more if he started for the Sixers. Anyway, he would start for this team.
Chris Bosh can play his rightful position on this team!
Chris Bosh’s real position is power forward. With his outside game, he is so much better suited as a 4. On this team he would be able to play his rightful position because of his length and athleticism.
Derrick Favors can be unstoppable!
Derrick Favors is beast. Fantasy basketball players listen up. Pick up Favors. He is the poster child for leaving college too soon. Favors scored 12 points a game and had 8 rebounds during the 2008-09 season, his only year at Tech. He was still trying to figure out his offensive game when he left college. But watch this year. He seems to have added some range to his game and by the basket he is unstoppable.