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Mountain West players on NBA rosters (Lobos have the most)

NBA teams on Monday were required to cut their rosters down to a maximum of 15 players for opening night, which starts Tuesday for teams around the league.

There are 20 players from Mountain West schools (current or former) on NBA rosters to start the 2014-15 season, including 13 who actually played in Mountain West games and seven others who played for teams before they joined the Mountain West.

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The New Mexico Lobos have four players on opening night NBA rosters who actually played in the Mountain West, more than any other team in the league. UNLV has four active NBA players, though one — Shawn Marion — last played for the Runnin’ Rebels in 1999, the season prior to the Mountain West beginning. One other player, Utah’s Andre Miller, last played for the Utes in 1999 and never actually played in the Mountain West, but is included below as Utah was a member of the league for several years before leaving for the Pac-12.

Nevada has three active NBA players and Fresno State has two, but none of those five played for those schools since they actually joined the Mountain West for the 2012-13 season.

Here is the list of the 20 players on 2014-15 opening night NBA rosters from Mountain West schools (their final season with their school is in parenthesis):

New Mexico Lobos (4)

• Cameron Bairstow (2014), Chicago Bulls
• Danny Granger (2005), Miami Heat
• Alex Kirk (2014), Cleveland Cavaliers
• Tony Snell (2013), Chicago Bulls

UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (4*)

• Lou Amundson (2006), Cleveland Cavaliers
• Joel Anthony (2007), Detroit Pistons
• Anthony Bennett (2013), Minnesota Timberwolves
• Shawn Marion (1999), Cleveland Cavaliers
*Marion left UNLV in 1999, the season before the Mountain West began. He did not play in the MWC.

Nevada Wolf Pack (3*)

• Luke Babbitt (2010), New Orleans Pelicans
• JaVale McGee (2008), Denver Nuggets
• Ramon Sessions (2007), Sacramento Kings
*Nevada joined the WAC for the 2012-13 season. Babbitt, McGee nor Sessions played in the MWC.

San Diego State Aztecs (2)

• Kawhi Leonard (2011), San Antonio Spurs
• Malcolm Thomas (2011), Philadelphia 76ers

Fresno State Bulldogs (2*)

• Paul George (2010), Indiana Pacers
• Greg Smith (2011), Dallas Mavericks
*Fresno State joined the WAC for the 2012-13 season. George nor Smith played in the MWC.

BYU Cougars (2)

(No longer in the Mountain West)
• Brandon Davies (2013), Philadelphia 76ers
• Jimmer Fredette (2011), New Orleans Pelicans)

Utah Utes (2*)

(No longer in the Mountain West)
• Andrew Bogut (2005), Golden State Warriors
• Andre Miller (1999), Washington Wizards
*Miller left Utah in 1999, the season before the Mountain West began. He did not play in the MWC.

Colorado State Rams (1)

• Jason Smith (2007), New York Knicks

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