How Michigan State’s former players fared in the NBA this season

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Apr 4, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State has been one of the better manufacturers of NBA talent in the past decade, or so, as Tom Izzo knows how to develop mid-level talent and turn it into professional grade talent. The 2014-15 NBA season has come to a close and Michigan State’s former players have become stars at the next level – at least some of them have.

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There are six Spartans in the NBA as we speak and all of them play a vital role to their teams. There are no MSU players in the league who sit on the bench and don’t contribute to a team at all.

As the season has winded down, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at how each of the former Spartans fared this season. Some are in the playoffs, so their season isn’t quite over, but others will be sitting at home, waiting to prove themselves next year.

As we all know, there have been a couple Spartan rookies in the league this year in Gary Harris and Adreian Payne. While their seasons weren’t as star-studded as we would have hoped, they both played well enough to earn a spot on a professional team for quite some time.

Harris struggled more than Payne did, but each of them overcame adversity to be able to contribute at a high level.

Let’s take a look at those two guys and the other four players who are former Spartans, now taking the league by storm in my first ever edition of Spartans in the NBA.

Next: Alan Anderson, Brooklyn Nets

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