The USC Trojans’ top 5 active NBA players, including DeMar DeRozan and more

The USC Trojans’ top 5 active NBA players, including DeMar DeRozan and more

The USC Trojans are mostly recognised for their football programme, but they have also produced some excellent NBA players. Nine Trojan basketball players that attended college are currently active NBA players, and more will probably join them in the upcoming years.

Here are the top five NBA players right now that attend USC.

The top five NBA players who are currently USC Trojans

1. DeMar DeRozan

For the first time in his career and for the current season, DeRozan is the only USC Trojan still playing in the NBA.

In a game for the Chicago Bulls, the six-time All-Star averages 22.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks. This season, he is shooting 46.6% from the field, 34.4% from three-point range, and 84.7% from the free-throw line.

In a 15-year career, he has averaged 21.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg and 0.3 bpg, shooting 46.8% from the field, 29.5% from the 3-point range and 84.0% from the free-throw line.

In 2020, the three-time All-NBA pick became the first Trojan to play in thirty years and eighth player overall to have his number retired.

2. Vucevic Nikola

Although there was stiff competition for the second slot on the list, Nikola Vucevic has a tiny advantage because of his experience and availability this season.

The two-time All-Star with the Bulls averaged 17.0 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 0.7 spg and 0.7 bpg while shooting 47.5% from the field, 27.3% from three-point range, and 86.4% from the free-throw line.

In his 13-year career, he has averaged 17.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 0.9 spg and 0.9 bpg, shooting 49.5% from the field, 34.3% from the 3-point range and 76.7% from the free-throw line.

3. Evan Mobley

If he hadn’t missed over half of the games this season, Mobley might have been deserving of the second spot.

While he was available, he was effective for the Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 16.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.8 spg, and 1.7 bpg while shooting 57.3% from the field and 76.9% from the free-throw line.

He has averaged 15.7 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.8 spg and 1.6 bpg in three seasons while shooting 53.8% from the field and 68.0% from the free-throw line.

4. De’Anthony Melton

Melton has shot 39.3% from the field, 36.3% from 3-point range, and 82.7% from the free-throw line this season, averaged 11.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 spg and 0.5 bpg for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The former USC Trojans guard is averaging 9.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 spg and 0.5 bpg, shooting 41.1% from the field, 36.9% from the 3-point range and 78.0% from the free-throw line.

5. Okongwu Onyeka

Since joining the NBA, Okongwu has not been able to secure a regular position with the USC Trojans.

He is averaging 9.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.4 spg and 1.0 bpg for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2023–2024 season. He is also shooting 58.4% from the floor and 80.9% from the free-throw line. Okongwu, who is in his fourth season, averaged 8.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.6 spg and 1.1 bpg, shooting 63.6% from the field and 75.5% from the free-throw line.

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