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Senior Ryan Arcidiacono of Villanova was honored as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2016 NCAA Tournament following the Wildcats’ thrilling 77-74 triumph over North Carolina in the finals. One might think being honored as the best player in college basketball’s premier display of talent would guarantee NBA success. In reality, however, Arcidiacono seems destined to join the list of 10 other former MOPs to fall short of realizing their NBA dreams.

Of the 61 other MOPs who did make it to the NBA, which ones enjoyed the most success? PointAfter, a sports data visualization site powered by the Graphiq network, ranked those players by their level of impact in the professional ranks. PointAfter relied heavily on win shares, a statistic meant to roughly measure how many wins a player contributed in the NBA. However, All-Star appearances, win shares per season and various awards and records were also taken into account.

All in all, 26 MOPs went on to play in at least one All-Star Game and 13 were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as an NBA player — though a couple more active players could join them in the future.

All statistics for active players are updated through April 6, 2016.

The Ten MOPs Who Never Made It

1939: Jimmy Hull, Ohio State
1940: Marv Huffman, Indiana
1941: John Kotz, Wisconsin
1945-46: Bob Kurland, Oklahoma State
1950: Irwin Dambrot, City College of New York
1951: Bill Spivey, Kentucky
1953: B.H. Born, Kansas
1990: Anderson Hunt, UNLV
1993: Donald Williams, North Carolina
2013: Luke Hancock, Louisville

#61. Hal Lear

Career NBA Win Shares: 0.0
Win Shares per season: 0.0

MOP Year(s): 1956
School: Temple

Career Summary: Selected No. 7 overall by the Philadelphia Warriors, played in three games and scored four points

#60. Keith Smart

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Career NBA Win Shares: 0.0
Win Shares per season: 0.0

MOP Year(s): 1987
School: Indiana

Career Summary: 1987 NCAA champion, played two games with San Antonio Spurs while tallying two points and two assists in 12 minutes

#59. Miles Simon

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Career NBA Win Shares: -0.1
Win Shares per season: -0.1

MOP Year(s): 1997
School: Arizona

Career Summary: 1997 NCAA champion, played five NBA games with Orlando Magic, won 2002 CBA MVP and CBA Championship with Dakota Wizards

#58. Jeffrey Sheppard

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Career NBA Win Shares: 0.3
Win Shares per season: 0.3

MOP Year(s): 1998
School: Kentucky

Career Summary: Two-time NCAA champion, averaged 2.2 PPG in 18 NBA games

#57. Ed O’Bannon

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Career NBA Win Shares: 1.1
Win Shares per season: 0.6

MOP Year(s): 1995
School: UCLA

Career Summary: First-team All-American, 1995 NCAA champion, selected No. 9 overall by New Jersey Nets, averaged 5.0 PPG in two NBA seasons before playing overseas for remainder of career

#56. Bobby Hurley

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Career NBA Win Shares: -1.2
Win Shares per season: -0.2

MOP Year(s): 1992
School: Duke

Career Summary: First-team All-American, two-time NCAA champion, selected No. 7 overall by Sacramento Kings, averaged 3.8 PPG and 3.3 APG in five NBA seasons, logged fewest NBA win shares among MOPs

#55. Tyus Jones

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Career NBA Win Shares: -0.1
Win Shares per season: -0.1

MOP Year(s): 2015
School: Duke

Career Summary: 2015 NCAA champion, honorable mention All-American, averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 assists during rookie year with Minnesota Timberwolves

#54. Shabazz Napier

Career NBA Win Shares: 0.5
Win Shares per season: 0.3

MOP Year(s): 2014
School: Connecticut

Career Summary: Two-time NCAA champion, first-team All-American, averaging 4.4 PPG in first two NBA seasons

#53. Paul Hogue

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Career NBA Win Shares: -1.1
Win Shares per season: -0.6

MOP Year(s): 1962
School: Cincinnati

Career Summary: Two-time NCAA champion, picked No. 2 overall by New York Knicks, averaged 6.3 PPG and 7.1 RPG in two NBA seasons

#52. Mateen Cleaves

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Career NBA Win Shares: -0.8
Win Shares per season: -0.1

MOP Year(s): 2000
School: Michigan State

Career Summary: Three-time All-American, 2000 NCAA champion, drafted No. 14 overall by Detroit Pistons, averaged 3.6 PPG and 1.9 APG in six NBA seasons

#51. Butch Lee

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Career NBA Win Shares: 2.4
Win Shares per season: 1.2

MOP Year(s): 1977
School: Marquette

Career Summary: 1977 NCAA Champion, 1978 NCAA Player of the Year, two-time All-American, 1980 NBA champion, first Puerto Rican to play in the NBA

#50. Jack Givens

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Career NBA Win Shares: 4.3
Win Shares per season: 2.2

MOP Year(s): 1978
School: Kentucky

Career Summary: Second-team All-American, 1978 NCAA champion, scored 6.7 PPG in two seasons with Atlanta Hawks

#49. Sean May

Career NBA Win Shares: 2.6
Win Shares per season: 0.7

MOP Year(s): 2005
School: North Carolina

Career Summary: Second-team All-American, 2005 NCAA champion, averaged 6.9 PPG and 4.0 RPG in four NBA seasons

#48. Jerry Chambers

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Career NBA Win Shares: 5.2
Win Shares per season: 0.9

MOP Year(s): 1966
School: Utah

Career Summary: Only player to win MOP despite team finishing fourth in Final Four, averaged 8.3 PPG and 3.2 RPG in six seasons

#47. Juan Dixon

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Career NBA Win Shares: 6.1
Win Shares per season: 0.9

MOP Year(s): 2002
School: Maryland

Career Summary: First-team All-American, NCAA champion, Maryland’s all-time leading scorer, averaged 8.4 PPG and 1.8 APG in seven NBA seasons

#46. Wayne Ellington

Career NBA Win Shares: 7.5
Win Shares per season: 1.1

MOP Year(s): 2009
School: North Carolina

Career Summary: 2009 NCAA champion, averaging 7.0 PPG in seven NBA seasons while shooting 38 percent from three-point range

#45. George Kaftan

Career NBA Win Shares: 8.9
Win Shares per season: 1.8

MOP Year(s): 1947
School: Holy Cross

Career Summary: Two-time All-American, selected in second round of 1949 BAA Draft, averaged 7.5 PPG in five seasons

#44. Kyle Singler

Career NBA Win Shares: 9.6
Win Shares per season: 2.4

MOP Year(s): 2010
School: Duke

Career Summary: NCAA champion, won 2012 Spanish King’s Cup in first professional season overseas, averaging 7.1 PPG and 3.1 RPG in four NBA seasons

#43. Arnie Ferrin

Arnie Ferrin

Career NBA Win Shares: 7.6
Win Shares per season: 2.5

MOP Year(s): 1944
School: Utah

Career Summary: Only four-time All-American in Utah history, two-time NBA champion, averaged 5.8 PPG and 4.0 RPG in three seasons

#42. Kenny Sailors

Career NBA Win Shares: 17.1
Win Shares per season: 3.4

MOP Year(s): 1943
School: Wyoming

Career Highlights: Two-time NCAA Player of the Year (1943, 1946), three-time All-American, credited with popularizing the jump shot

#41. Howie Dallmar

Career NBA Win Shares: 2.6
Win Shares per season: 0.9

MOP Year(s): 1942
School: Stanford

Career Summary: Led Stanford to 1942 NCAA title before transferring to Penn and garnering All-American honors in 1945, third-leading scorer on 1947 BAA championship-winning Philadelphia Warriors, 1948 BAA assists leader

#40. Art Heyman

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Career NBA Win Shares: 19.3
Win Shares per season: 2.8

MOP Year(s): 1963
School: Duke

Career Summary: 1963 NCAA Player of the Year, 1964 NBA All-Rookie Team, parted ways with New York Knicks after two seasons due to temper issues, averaged more than 20 PPG to help Pittsburgh Pipers win the 1968 ABA title

#39. Howard Porter

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Career NBA Win Shares: 17.6
Win Shares per season: 2.5

MOP Year(s): 1971
School: Villanova

Career Highlights: Averaged 9.2 PPG and 4.1 RPG over seven NBA seasons, MOP award vacated due to signing of professional contract during senior season

#38. Richard Washington

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Career NBA Win Shares: 10.8
Win Shares per season: 1.8

MOP Year(s): 1975
School: UCLA

Career Summary: First-team All-American, averaged 9.8 PPG and 6.3 RPG over 10 NBA seasons, one of only two UCLA MOPs (of six overall) to not make an NBA All-Star Game, 10th-most games played among all MOPs, the most of any MOPs not to make an All-Star Game

#37. Corey Brewer

Career NBA Win Shares: 18.0
Win Shares per season: 2.0

MOP Year(s): 2007
School: Florida

Career Summary: Two-time NCAA champion, 2011 NBA champion, one of four players to record at least 50 points and six steals in one game (others are Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and Rick Barry)

#36. Tony Delk

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Career NBA Win Shares: 19.5
Win Shares per season: 1.95

MOP Year(s): 1996
School: Kentucky

Career Summary: First-team All-American, averaged 11.3 PPG in 10 NBA seasons, only MOP from Kentucky (of six total) to make a significant impact in NBA besides Anthony Davis

#35. Pervis Ellison

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Career NBA Win Shares: 21.8
Win Shares per season: 2.0

MOP Year(s): 1986
School: Louisville

Career Highlights: First-team All-American, earned NBA Most Improved Player honors in 1992 after averaging 20 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game

#34. Kent Benson

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Career NBA Win Shares: 33.6
Win Shares per season: 3.1

MOP Year(s): 1976
School: Indiana

Career Highlights: Led Indiana to undefeated season and 1976 NCAA title, two-time All-American, jaw broken by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar two minutes into NBA career

#33. Mario Chalmers

Career NBA Win Shares: 31.7
Win Shares per season: 4.0

MOP Year(s): 2008
School: Kansas

Career Highlights: Two-time NBA champion, averaging 9.0 PPG and 3.8 APG in eight seasons, only Jayhawks MOP to reach NBA but not make an All-Star Game (others are Wilt Chamberlain, Clyde Lovellette and Danny Manning)

#32. Corliss Williamson

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Career NBA Win Shares: 34.7
Win Shares per season: 2.9

MOP Year(s): 1994
School: Arkansas

Career Highlights: Two-time second-team All-American, 2002 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, 2004 NBA champion

#31. Darrell Griffith

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Career NBA Win Shares: 22
Win Shares per season: 2.2

MOP Year(s): 1980
School: Louisville

Career Highlights: First-team All-American, 1981 NBA Rookie of the Year, led Jazz to first playoff berth in 1984, set then-record for most three-pointers in a season (92) in 1985

#30. Emeka Okafor

Career NBA Win Shares: 44.3
Win Shares per season: 4.9

MOP Year(s): 2004
School: Connecticut

Career Highlights: NBA Rookie of the Year, nearly averaged a double-double over career (12.3 points, 9.9 rebounds), accumulated second-highest amount of win shares among MOPs to never make an All-Star Game

#29. Kemba Walker

Career NBA Win Shares: 24
Win Shares per season: 4.8

MOP Year(s): 2011
School: Connecticut

Career Highlights: First-team All-American, ranks fourth in career APG (5.4) among MOPs, owns highest career PER and PPG among MOPs to not make All-Star Game

#28. Mahdi Abdul-Rahman (Walt Hazzard)

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Career NBA Win Shares: 30.3
Win Shares per season: 3.03

MOP Year(s): 1964
School: UCLA

Career Highlights: First-team All-American, 1968 NBA All-Star, ranks fifth in career APG (4.9) among MOPs, ranks lowest in career win shares among MOPs who made All-Star Game

#27. Ed Pinckney

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Career NBA Win Shares: 42.7
Win Shares per season: 3.6

MOP Year(s): 1985
School: Villanova

Career Highlights: Helped Villanova become lowest seed (8) to win NCAA Tournament, earned most win shares per 48 minutes among MOPs to not make the NBA All-Star Game

#26. Alex Groza

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Career NBA Win Shares: 35.9
Win Shares per season: 18.0

MOP Year(s): 1948-49
School: Kentucky

Career Highlights: Two-time NCAA champion, two-time All-American, 1951 NBA All-Star, most win shares per year among MOPs in NBA, banned after second year in NBA due to point shaving scandal in college

#25. Bill Bradley

Associated Press

Career NBA Win Shares: 38.8
Win Shares per season: 3.9

MOP Year(s): 1965
School: Princeton

Career Highlights: 1964 Olympics Gold Medalist, 1965 College Player of the Year, two-time All-American, two-time NBA champion, 1973 All-Star, Rhodes Scholar

#24. Christian Laettner

Career NBA Win Shares: 64.9
Win Shares per season: 5.0

MOP Year(s): 1991
School: Duke

Career Highlights: Holds NCAA Tournament records for career points (407), games played (23) and games won (21), two-time NCAA champion, 1992 NCAA Player of the Year, only college player on 1992 Olympic “Dream Team,” 1997 NBA All-Star, only one of six Duke MOPs to make an All-Star Game in the NBA

#23. Danny Manning

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Career NBA Win Shares: 55.1
Win Shares per season: 3.7

MOP Year(s): 1988
School: Kansas

Career Highlights: 1988 NCAA Player of the Year, two-time NCAA All-American, two-time NBA All-Star, 1998 Sixth Man of the Year, first NBA player to return from reconstructive surgeries on both knees, tied for fourth in seasons played (15) among MOPs

#22. Shane Battier

Career NBA Win Shares: 75.7
Win Shares per season: 5.8

MOP Year(s): 2001
School: Duke

Career Highlights: 2001 NCAA Player of the Year, two-time NBA champion, only player in NBA history to experience two 20-game winning streaks, highest amount of win shares among MOPs who never made an All-Star Game

#21. Sidney Wicks

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Career NBA Win Shares: 42.4
Win Shares per season: 4.2

MOP Year(s): 1970
School: UCLA

Career Highlights: Three-time NCAA champion, two-time All-American, 1972 NBA Rookie of the Year, four-time All-Star, holds Trail Blazers records for rebounds in a game (27)

#20. Joakim Noah

Career NBA Win Shares: 57.3
Win Shares per season: 6.4

MOP Year(s): 2006
School: Florida

Career Highlights: Two-time NCAA champion, 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, two-time All-Star, ranks ninth among MOPs in win shares per 48 minutes

#19. Richard Hamilton

Career NBA Win Shares: 62.8
Win Shares per season: 4.5

MOP Year(s): 1999
School: Connecticut

Career Highlights: 2004 NBA champion, three-time All-Star, made six straight Eastern Conference Finals with Detroit between 2003-08, only one of four Connecticut MOPs to make an All-Star Game or win an NBA title

#18. Glen Rice

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Career NBA Win Shares: 88.7
Win Shares per season: 5.9

MOP Year(s): 1989
School: Michigan

Career Highlights: 2000 NBA champion, three-time All-Star, 1997 All-Star Game MVP, 1997 three-point percentage leader (47%), fifth in games played (1,000) among MOPs

#17. Anthony Davis

Career NBA Win Shares: 38
Win Shares per season: 9.5

MOP Year(s): 2012
School: Kentucky

Career Highlights: 2012 NCAA Player of the Year, three-time NBA All-Star, two-time blocks leader, highest career PER (26.4) of all MOPs in NBA, youngest player to score 59 points or more in a game

#16. Tom Gola

Associated Press

Career NBA Win Shares: 53.2
Win Shares per season: 5.3

MOP Year(s): 1954
School: La Salle

Career Highlights: Three-time NCAA All-American, 1956 NBA champion, five-time All-Star, one of two players in Warriors history to record three consecutive triple-doubles (the other being Draymond Green)

#15. Clyde Lovellette

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Career NBA Win Shares: 70.6
Win Shares per season: 6.4

MOP Year(s): 1952
School: Kansas

Career Highlights: Only college player to lead the nation in scoring (28.6) and win the NCAA championship, three-time NBA champion, four-time All-Star, ranked seventh in win shares per 48 minutes among MOPs, first player in history to win an NCAA championship, NBA title and Olympic gold medal

#14. David Thompson

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Career NBA Win Shares: 63.3
Win Shares per season: 7.0

MOP Year(s): 1974
School: North Carolina State

Career Highlights: Led NC State to 57-1 combined record and title win over UCLA during final two NCAA seasons, two-time NCAA Player of the Year, credited with invention of alley-oop, one of five NBA players to score at least 70 points in a game, five-time NBA/ABA All-Star, two-time All-Star Game MVP, ranks 6th in career PPG among MOPs, Hall of Famer

#13. Carmelo Anthony

Career NBA Win Shares: 92.1
Win Shares per season: 7.1

MOP Year(s): 2003
School: Syracuse

Career Highlights: 2013 NBA scoring champion, holds Knicks’ single-game scoring record (62), nine-time All-Star, fourth in career PPG among MOPs

#12. Bill Walton

Career NBA Win Shares: 39.3
Win Shares per season: 3.9

MOP Year(s): 1972-73
School: UCLA

Career Highlights: Three-time NCAA Player of the Year (1972-74), two-time NCAA champion (1972-73), 1978 NBA MVP, two-time NBA champion, two-time NBA All-Star, 1986 Sixth Man of the Year, league rebounding and blocks leader in 1977, Hall of Famer

#11. James Worthy

Career NBA Win Shares: 81.2
Win Shares per season: 6.8

MOP Year(s): 1982
School: North Carolina

Career Highlights: NCAA Co-Player of the Year, three-time NBA champion, 1988 NBA Finals MVP, seven-time All-Star, most decorated UNC player to win MOP, Hall of Famer

#10. Jerry Lucas

Career NBA Win Shares: 98.4
Win Shares per season: 8.9

MOP Year(s): 1960-61
School: Ohio State

Career Highlights: Two-time NCAA Player of the Year, three-time NCAA finalist (won in 1960), 1964 NBA Rookie of the Year, 1973 NBA champion, seven-time All-Star, one of four players to tally 40 rebounds in a game, Hall of Famer

#9. Patrick Ewing

Career NBA Win Shares: 126.4
Win Shares per season: 7.4

MOP Year(s): 1984
School: Georgetown

Career Highlights: Three-time All-American, reached NCAA finals three times (won in second appearance), 1986 NBA Rookie of the Year, 11-time All-Star, New York Knicks’ all-time leading scorer, Hall of Famer

#8. Elgin Baylor

Associated Press

Career NBA Win Shares: 104.2
Win Shares per season: 7.4

MOP Year(s): 1958
School: Seattle

Career Highlights: 1959 NBA Rookie of the Year, 11-time All-Star, set then-record by scoring 71 points in a game, led Lakers to eight NBA Finals appearances, holds record for most points in a Finals game (61), second in points per game (27.4) among all MOPs, NBA Executive of the Year in 2006, Hall of Famer

#7. Isiah Thomas

Career NBA Win Shares: 80.7
Win Shares per season: 6.20769230769231

MOP Year(s): 1981
School: Indiana

Career Highlights: two-time NBA champion, 1990 NBA Finals MVP, made All-Star Game in 12 of 13 seasons, two-time All-Star Game MVP, 1985 NBA assist leader (13.9), Detroit Pistons’ all-time leading scorer, Hall of Famer

#6. Jerry West

Career NBA Win Shares: 162.6
Win Shares per season: 11.6

MOP Year(s): 1959
School: West Virginia

Career Highlights: 1972 NBA champion, scoring leader in 1970, assists leader in 1972, 14-time All-Star, record holder for highest PPG average in a playoff series (46.3), member of first five NBA All-Defensive teams, only player in NBA history to win Finals MVP despite being on losing team, Hall of Famer

#5. Hakeem Olajuwon

Career NBA Win Shares: 162.8
Win Shares per season: 9.0

MOP Year(s): 1983
School: Houston

Career Highlights: Two-time NBA champion and Finals MVP, 1994 NBA MVP, 12-time All-Star, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, two-time rebounding leader, three-time blocks leader, Hall of Famer

#4. Magic Johnson

Career NBA Win Shares: 155.8
Win Shares per season: 12.0

MOP Year(s): 1979
School: Michigan State

Career Highlights: All-time NBA leader in assists per game (11.2), three-time MVP, five-time NBA champion, three-time Finals MVP, 12-time All-Star, one of seven players to win an NCAA championship, NBA title and Olympic gold medal

#3. Bill Russell

Career NBA Win Shares: 163.5
Win Shares per season: 12.6

MOP Year(s): 1955
School: San Francisco

Career Highlights: Two-time NCAA champion, record 11-time NBA champion (including two as player-coach), five-time MVP, 12-time All-Star, Hall of Famer

#2. Wilt Chamberlain

Career NBA Win Shares: 247.3
Win Shares per season: 17.7

MOP Year(s): 1957
School: Kansas

Career Highlights: Only player to score 100 points in a game, only player to average 40 or 50 points per game in a full season, second all-time in win shares, two-time NBA champion, four-time MVP, 13-time All-Star, leader in points, rebounds and win shares per game among all MOPs, Hall of Famer

#1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Career NBA Win Shares: 273.4
Win Shares per season: 13.7

MOP Year(s): 1967-69
School: UCLA

Career Highlights: Only player to win three NCAA MOP awards, NBA’s all-time leading scorer, six-time NBA champion, record six MVPs and 19 All-Star appearances, most all-time and single-season win shares (25.4 in 1971-72), Hall of Famer

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