10 best NBA careers by Nebraska basketball alums

The Nebraska basketball program has not exactly been an NBA factory, but there are some players who have made it to the next level and succeeded.

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. Mikki Moore. 5. 64. . . Mikki Moore. player. Mikki Moore.

Mikki Moore ranks this high among former Nebraska basketball players because he was able to parlay very few starts into a very long career. Moore officially had the longest career of any former Husker in the NBA, managing to use his size to parlay an undrafted contract with the Detroit Pistons into a 14-year career.

While he was almost always coming off the bench in those 14 seasons, he did have one short stretch that was plenty impressive. 

Moore’s best season came with New Jersey in 2006-20707 when he started 55 games after working his way into the opening lineup just seven times in his first eight seasons. In that season, the ex-Nebraska basketball star averaged 9.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game and led the league by hitting 60.1 percent from the floor. 

As it turns out, Moore was the first undrafted player in NBA history to lead the league in field-goal percentage. That year he also helped the Nets to the second round of the playoffs. The following season, he started 79 games for Sacramento, averaging 8.5 points and a career-high 6.0 rebounds per game.

Moore wasn’t dominant with the Nebraska basketball team either, but he was a prolific shot blocker. He averaged 2.7 blocks per game in his final season in Nebraska.