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Former Big Ten Players In The Conference Finals Of The 2015 NBA Playoffs

The Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs is in full swing. How is the Big Ten represented?

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 NBA Playoffs are in full swing with two great matchups coming up.  It's a great time to be a basketball fan and the Big Ten will be well represented in this year's Playoffs as well.  As the Conference Finals approach, it seems like a good time to take a look at all the former Big Ten players that will be participating.

Overall, there were a total of 20 players featured in the 1st Round.  This is up 8 players from last season and though this stat depends largely on which teams qualify for the postseason, a good hunk of it also has to do with the fact that the Big Ten has been performing well on Draft night and getting more players into the NBA.  If the Big Ten continues to produce pro talent at this level, perhaps it will be up even more next year.

Here's the full list of the players in the Conference Finals.

Big Ten Players in the Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs:

- Atlanta Hawks
  • N/A
- Cleveland Cavaliers
  • N/A
- Golden State Warriors
  • Draymond Green (Michigan State)
- Houston Rockets
  • N/A

Thoughts

Unfortunately, the 2015 NBA Playoffs has unfolded, the teams with the most Big Ten players have been eliminated, leaving just one team that has a former Big Ten player on its roster.  Michigan State is now the only school represented in the Conference Finals and it will be interesting to see if the Golden State Warriors can advance to the Finals and keep the Big Ten in the event for another year in a row.