The Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs men’s basketball team competes in the mid-major Western Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs’ accomplishments include five invites to the NCAA Tournament and six graduates to the NBA. The top NBA players from Louisiana Tech include three great power forwards led by Hall of Famer Karl Malone.
The “Mailman” Karl Malone was the greatest NBA player from Louisiana Tech University. In his final year with the Bulldogs, Malone led the school to its first and only appearance in the Sweet Sixteen. He entered the NBA as a mid-first round pick in the 1985 draft. The Jazz immediately made him their starting power forward and he remained in the role for 18 incredible seasons. Displaying remarkable durability, from 1985 to 2003 he played all but ten regular season games for the Jazz.
Malone averaged more than 20 points per game in all but his rookie season and his final season when he signed with the Lakers. In Utah, the Hall of Fame tandem of Malone and John Stockton brought the Jazz to the playoffs for 18 straight seasons including two trips to the NBA Finals. The two-time NBA MVP was one of the most intimidating and formidable post presences in basketball. He averaged a double-double in scoring and rebounding ten times.
Malone was named to 14 All-Star teams, 14 All-NBA Teams, and four All-Defensive Teams. He is not only Utah’s all-time leading scorer, but the second highest scorer in NBA history with 36,928 total points. His 14,968 rebounds rank sixth all-time, his 2,085 steals are good for tenth, and he even sits in the top 50 in assists with 5,248. Karl Malone was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 2010 class.
Longtime great defensive power forward P.J. Brown was one of the top NBA players from Louisiana Tech. Brown led the Bulldogs to their most recent NCAA Tournament in 1991. The Nets drafted him in the second round of the 1992 NBA Draft and he made his debut in 1993. Brown became the Nets’ starting power forward as a rookie and he remained a starter for virtually his entire career. He earned All-Defensive honors three times with the Heat and Hornets and in 2008, he won an NBA Championship with the Celtics. In his 15-year career, Brown amassed totals of 9,870 points, 8,409 rebounds, and 1,116 blocks. As of 2010, he is the Hornets’ all-time leading rebounder with 4,203 in six years with the team.
Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap is the best current NBA player from Louisiana Tech. Millsap put up dominant numbers in college including 18.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game with a .577 shooting percentage. He entered the NBA as a second round pick by the Jazz in 2006 and he immediately earned a spot in Coach Jerry Sloan’s rotation. Though he each of his first four seasons playing behind All-Star Carlos Boozer, in 49 starts he has averages of 15.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest. Millsap is slated to begin the 2010-11 season as Utah’s starting power forward.
NBA & ABA Players Who Attended Louisiana Tech University. Basketball-Reference.com