The NBA and the Sonics may have left Seattle, but you could start an expansion team with all the basketball talent that calls the Seattle area home. Take one look at the rosters for this weekend’s Adonai Hood Classic and you’ll known why Seattle has put itself on the basketball map as one of the most talent rich cities in the nation. NBA stars Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson and Jamal Crawford are the headliners for the Hood Classic, which is an exhibition tournament making its return this year after a three year absence and features players who played for four local high schools, Franklin, Rainier Beach, O’Dea and Garfield. Not all the top talent will be on hand, because organizers have had trouble getting commitments from players, but other notable players will include former college stars Terrance Williams, Tre Simmons and Will Conroy.Â So, what would that expansion team look like? Here’s a list of the best players from the Seattle area.
Nate Robinson (Rainier Beach, University of Washington)
Nate-Rob played for a loaded Rainier Beach team before heading to Washington and becoming a star on the UW team that gained a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament and resurrected the program. Robinson left college after his junior year and was a first round pick. In four NBA seasons, he has averaged 12.4 points, including a career high 17.2 last season, and wonÂ two Slam Dunk championships.
Doug Christie (Rainier Beach, Pepperdine)
Christie led Rainier Beach to their first state championship and was a first round pick out of Pepperdine before having a long NBA career, playing for seven different NBA teams. For his career Christie averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 rebounds, but he was best known as a defensive stopper for the Sacramento Kings’ perennial playoff teams in the earlier part of the decade.
Jamal Crawford (Rainier Beach, University of Michigan)
Crawford was a star at Rainier Beach and then spent one suspension-shortened season at Michigan before being drafted in the 1st round of the 2000 NBA Draft. Despite being traded multiple times and often being known only as a scorer (and one who shoots too much), Crawford has had a decent NBA career, averaging over 15 points and 4 assists per game.
Jason TerryÂ (Franklin, University of Arizona)
Terry led Franklin to back-to-back state championships in 1994 and 1995, then headed to U of A where he was a member of their 1997 NCAA national championship team. Terry was a first-round draft pick after four years at Arizona and has gone on to have a solid career for Atlanta and Dallas, averaging 16.2 points and 4.9 assists.
Brandon Roy (Garfield, University of Washington)
After starring at Garfield, Roy teamed with Robinson to help turn around the basketball program at Washington. Roy was the Pac-10 Player of the Year and an All-American his senior year at UW, where his #3 jersey was retired this past season. Since being drafted #6 overall in 2006, Roy has turned into an NBA All-Star, averaging 19.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists for his career.
Rodney Stuckey (Kentwood, Eastern Washington)
After leading Kentwood to a state championship as a senior, Stuckey ended up at Eastern Washington despite offers from more prestigious programs because of academic issues. After ranking among the highest scorers in the entire country as a sophomore, Stuckey bolted for the NBA and was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Pistons.Â In just his second season in the NBA this past year Stuckey averaged 13.4 points, 4.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds for Detroit, who lost to Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs.
Marvin Williams (Bremerton, University of North Carolina) – National Championship at UNC and 1st round pick
Michael Dickerson (Federal Way, University of Arizona) – National Championship at Arizona and 1st round pick
Martell Webster (Seattle Prep) – 1st round pick after skipping college
Spencer Hawes (Seattle Prep, University of Washington) – One disappointing season at UW before being taken in 1st round
Aaron Brooks (Franklin, University of Oregon) – 1st round pick after strong senior season at UO
Terrence Williams (Rainier Beach, University of Louisville) – Played for Rick Pitino at UL and a ’09 1st round pick
Adonai Hood Classic @ Garfield High School
Schedule: Saturday: Rainier Beach vs. O’Dea, 5 p.m. and Garfield vs. Franklin, 7 p.m. Sunday: Consolation game, 4 p.m.; slam dunk contest and Comcast Three-point Challenge, 6 p.m.; Championship game, 7 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults, $5 children younger than 13