Colleges with the Most Players in the 2022 NBA Playoffs

One hundred and four colleges or universities are represented in the lists of the 20 NBA teams that qualified for the 2022 NBA Playoffs, and it should come as no surprise that the five schools with the most players in the playoffs are blue-blooded: Kentucky, Duke, UCLA, Kansas and North Carolina.

Three of these schools were present in New Orleans for the 2022 NCAA Final Four, where Kansas beat North Carolina for the fourth national championship. Kentucky took second in the NCAA tournament and had the national player of the year in Oscar Tshiebwe, while UCLA reached the Final Four in 2021.

Here is the full breakdown of the schools with the most players in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. The data used in this story is based on the official team rosters as of Monday, April 11. If a player transferred college, we only count the final school he played for.

1. Kentucky

Number of players on rosters in the 2022 NBA Playoffs: 15

The Miami Heat took first place in the Eastern Conference and did so with three former Kentucky players on their roster, including their second and third leading scorers in Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro. There are four playoff teams with several former Kentucky players, but none have more than Miami’s three former Wildcats.

Here is the complete list of former Kentucky players in the 2022 NBA Playoffs:

Bam AdebayoMiami heat
Tyler HerroMiami heat
Mychal MulderMiami heat
Tyrese MaxeyPhiladelphia 76ers
Rajon RondoCleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Knox IIAtlanta Hawks
Nick RichardsCharlotte Hornets
PJ WashingtonCharlotte Hornets
Devin BookerPhoenix Suns
DeMarcus cousinsDenver Nuggets
Jamal MurrayDenver Nuggets
Jarred VanderbiltMinnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony TownsMinnesota Timberwolves
Brandon Boston Jr.Los Angeles Clippers
Keldon JohnsonSt. Anthony’s Incentive

2. Duke

Number of players on rosters in the 2022 NBA Playoffs: 14

There is one former Duke second-place player in each conference – Grayson Allen of Milwaukee and Austin Rivers of Memphis – as well as former Blue Devils in third seed Boston Celtics (Jayson Tatum) and fifth-place Toronto Raptors (Gary Trent Jr. .), so the chances are good that Duke will be represented in the conference finals in some capacity.

Here is the full list of former Duke players in the 2022 NBA Playoffs:

Grayson AllenMilwaukee Bucks
Jayson TatumBoston Celts
Gary Trent Jr.Toronto Raptors
Seth CurryBrooklyn Nets
Kyrie IrvingBrooklyn Nets
Jalen JohnsonAtlanta Hawks
Mason PlumleeCharlotte Hornets
Tyus JonesMemphis Grizzlies
Austin RiversDenver Nuggets
Rodney HoodLos Angeles Clippers
Luke KennardLos Angeles Clippers
Brandon IngramNew Orleans Pelicans
Zion WilliamsonNew Orleans Pelicans
Tre JonesSt. Anthony’s Incentive


Number of players on rosters in the 2022 NBA Playoffs: 9

Each of last season’s NBA Finals contenders, the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, have a former UCLA Bruin on their current roster, with NBA champion Jrue Holiday in the former and his younger brother Aaron playing for the latter.

Here is the full list of former UCLA players in the 2022 NBA Playoffs:

Jrue HolidayMilwaukee Bucks
Lonzo BallChicago buffaloes
Zach LavineChicago buffaloes
Moses BrownCleveland Cavaliers
Kevin LoveCleveland Cavaliers
Aaron’s HolidayPhoenix Suns
Kyle AndersonMemphis Grizzlies
Kevon LooneyGolden Sate Warriors
Norman PowellLos Angeles Clippers

T-4. Kansas

Number of players on rosters in the 2022 NBA Playoffs: 8

That number could grow in the near future as Kansas has just won its fourth national championship. While the previous 2008 Kansas national championship team had seven future NBA players, none of them are the 2022 NBA Playoffs.

Markieff Morris is in first place in the Eastern Conference, while Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers just won the league scoring title after averaging 30.6 points per game.

Here is the full list of former Kansas players in the 2022 NBA Playoffs:

Markieff MorrisMiami heat
Joel EmbiidPhiladelphia 76ers
Svi MykhailiukToronto Raptors
Kelly Oubre Jr.Charlotte Hornets
Andrew WigginsGolden State Warriors
Udoka AzubuikeUtah Jazz
Marcus Morris Sr.Los Angeles Clippers
Devonte’ GrahamNew Orleans Pelicans

T-4. North Caroline

Number of players on rosters in the 2022 NBA Playoffs: 8

There’s a former Tar Heel on the NBA team with the best record in the league: Phoenix Suns’ Cameron Johnson. Both the Chicago Bulls – a franchise synonymous with North Carolina’s former great Michael Jordan – and the Dallas Mavericks have two former Tar Heels.

Here is the complete list of former North Carolina players in the 2022 NBA Playoffs:

Danny GreenPhiladelphia 76ers
Tony BradleyChicago buffaloes
Coby WhiteChicago buffaloes
Day’Ron SharpeBrooklyn Nets
Ed DavisCleveland Cavaliers
Cameron JohnsonPhoenix Suns
Reggie BullockDallas Mavericks
Theo PinsonDallas Mavericks

These conferences have the most players in the 2022 NBA Playoffs

Thanks in large part to 15 former Kentucky players in the 2022 NBA playoffs, the SEC leads with 59 former players from its current member schools in this year’s playoffs. However, it’s not just Kentucky that has produced professionals. On average, the 14 conference schools account for 4.2 NBA playoff players per school, and the average is nearly 3.4 per school if you ignore the Wildcats.

The average number of players per school is based on the current membership of each conference, even if a player’s school has changed its conference affiliation since he played in college.

Conference Number Average per school
SEC 59 4.2
ACC 50 3.3
Pac-12 45 3.8
12 big 32 3.2
big ten 28 2.0
Grand Orient 24 2.2
west of the mountain 10 0.9
American 9 0.8
CMI 7 0.7
OVC 5 0.5
A-10 3 0.2
C-USA 3 0.2
Great South two 0.2
CAA two 0.2
Horizon two 0.2
Patriot two 0.2
Solar Belt two 0.2
A SUN 1 0.1
great west 1 0.1
MAC 1 0.1
WAC 1 0.1

Here are all the schools represented in the playoffs

Below is the complete list of all schools represented in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, listed in descending order of the number of players per school and then in alphabetical order.

School Number
kentucky 15
Duke 14
Kansas 8
North Caroline 8
Louisville 7
Michigan 7
southern california 7
Texas 7
Arizona 6
state of Florida 6
Washington 6
Alabama 5
Florida 5
Marquette 5
Michigan State 5
Tennessee 5
Texas A&M 5
arkansas 4
reddish-brown 4
baylor 4
Georgetown 4
indian 4
State of Iowa 4
Oregon 4
Stanford 4
Villanova 4
Virginia 4
Colorado 3
Georgia technology 3
gonzaga 3
Memphis 3
Miami (FL) 3
State of Mississippi 3
Nevada 3
Ohio State 3
from Santa Maria 3
state of San Diego 3
UConn 3
Vanderbilt 3
from Paul two
Georgia two
illinois two
iowa two
Kansas State two
Maryland two
Missouri two
Murray State two
oklahoma two
Pittsburgh two
Seton Hall two
SMU two
TCU two
UNLV two
utah two
Awake Forest two
State of Wichita two
Arizona State 1
Belmont 1
boston college 1
Butler 1
California 1
Cincinnati 1
creighton 1
Davidson 1
Florida gulf coast 1
Houston 1
John A. Logan College 1
Lehigh 1
Little Rock 1
Louisiana 1
Louisiana technology 1
Loyola (MD) 1
marshal 1
Minnesota 1
Morehead State 1
nebraska 1
New Mexico 1
state of new mexico 1
Ohio 1
Oklahoma State 1
Oregon State 1
Penn State 1
Pepper 1
Providence 1
Purdue Fort Wayne 1
Radford 1
san jose 1
South Carolina North State 1
state of Tennessee 1
Texas technology 1
Truman (DII) 1
Santa Barbara University 1
UNC Wilmington 1
Washington state 1
West Virginia 1
western kentucky 1
Wheel (DII) 1
William and Maria 1
Wyoming 1
Xavier 1

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