The most successful men’s basketball program in the Atlantic 10 Conference is the Temple University Owls. Since 1944, the Owls have been to the NCAA Tournament 28 times and they have graduated 31 basketball players to the NBA. The all-time best NBA players from Temple University include All-Star guards Guy Rodgers and Eddie Jones.
Three-time All-Star shooting guard Eddie Jones was one of the best NBA players from Temple University. Jones led the Owls to the 1993 Elite Eight and was drafted tenth overall by the Lakers in 1994. He spent 14 years in the NBA from 1994 to 2008 with the Lakers, Hornets, Heat, Grizzlies, and Mavericks. Jones was an excellent perimeter shooter and defensive player, earning All-Defensive honors three times and one All-NBA selection. He led the NBA in steals in 2000 and his 1,620 career swipes rank 21st all-time; he also ranks ninth in threes with 1,546. Eddie Jones scored a total of 14,155 points in his career with averages of 14.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.6 threes per contest.
A great NBA player from Temple University, Guy Rodgers was one of the top point guards of the 1960s. The two-time All-American led the Owls to both of their Final Four appearances in 1956 and 1958 before joining the Warriors as a first round pick in 1958. Rogers spent eight of his 12 NBA seasons with the Warriors and became the team’s all-time assists leader with 4,855. He twice led the league in assists and dished out 6,917 in his career, the 15th highest total of all-time. He retired in 1970 with averages of 11.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 7.8 assists per game.
Swingman Aaron McKie was one of the most successful NBA players from Temple University. With college averages of 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, McKie led the Owls to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1992 to 1994. McKie had a 13-year career as a role player for five teams, spending his longest stint with the 76ers. His best season came in 2000-01 when he helped the Sixers reach the NBA Finals with averages of 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. He totaled 5,871 points, 2.587 boards, and 2,126 assists with the Blazers, Pistons, Sixers, and Lakers.
Ollie Johnson bounced around the league for ten seasons from 1972 to 1982 as one of the top NBA players from Temple University. Johnson averaged a double-double at Temple and entered the NBA as the 30th overall pick of the 1972 draft by the Blazers. His rookie season was his best season as he averaged 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. He scored 5,341 points in total for the Blazers, Jazz, Kings, Hawks, Bulls, and Sixers.
One of the most recent NBA players from Temple University, Marc Jackson was a center who played 387 games in the league from 2000 to 2007. The second round pick had an impressive rookie season for the Warriors that included 13.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. After his brief taste of success, Jackson struggled to repeat his rookie performance and posted a double-digit scoring average only once more in 2004-05 with the Sixers.
NBA & ABA Players Who Attended Temple University. Basketball-Reference.com