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What Are The Top NBA Draft Moments For the Purdue Boilermakers?

Purdue hasn't produced a top 20 first round draft pick since 1994 and though they've had a handful of second round picks along the way, most haven't had major impacts in the NBA. Here's a look at their obscure draft history.

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The 2016 NBA draft is less than a week away now, so what better time to reminisce about the Purdue Boilermakers and the team's history in the NBA draft?

With new talent like A.J. Hammons, projected second round pick in most mock drafts, let's look back on the players before him who've had successful or frugal NBA careers.

Before we get to that though, let's talk about some of Purdue's draft facts:

Since 1947 they've produced 45 total draft picks, but have yet to get a player selected since the 2012 draft. There have also been 17 total colleges who've had multiple players selected as the number one overall draft pick and Purdue is one of those 17 schools.

Though they've endured this recent draft drought, which Hammons should finally end, the Boilermakers crop of talent has definitely fluctuated throughout the years.

Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson

I mentioned earlier the Boilermakers lack of a top 20 first round pick since 1994, well that player who went so high in 1994 was none other than Glenn Robinson, who went #1 overall to the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1994 NBA Draft.

You can definitely say Robinson lived up to his #1 draft selection going on to have a successful career.

The 11-year NBA veteran never averaged less than 10 points in any season. He has a career total of 20.7 points-per-game, 2.7 assists, 6.1 rebounds while shooting .459 percent from the field and .820 from the free throw line.

He enjoyed eight great years in Milwaukee. Robinson, along with Ray Allen, Michael Redd, Rafer Alston and Sam Cassell, contributed to the Bucks 2001 Eastern Conference Finals appearance against the Allen Iverson led Philadelphia 76ers.

Though his time there didn't end in a championship, like during his final season in 2005 with the San Antonio Spurs, he gave Bucks fans moments like the one below more often then not.

Carl Landry & Brian Cardinal

As far as notable faces go in the NBA, Carl Landry might be the most known Purdue product today in the NBA.

Landry was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft, going 31st overall to the Seattle SuperSonics then traded to the Houston Rockets.

In eight years he's been on five different teams, but has made an impact on a few of those teams.

During his first two years with the Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming led Rockets he played major minutes in place of an injured Ming. Then in one brief stint with the Chris Paul led 2010-11 New Orleans Hornets he played a major role as well.

So far in his career, he's averaged a total of 10.8 points-per-game and 4.9 rebounds while shooting .535 from the field. Landry currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers and is under contract until 2016-17.

There were only two Purdue draftees from 2000-2010, one was Landry and the other was Brian Cardinal who was the 44th selection in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.

Cardinal is a "journeyman" in the NBA. Throughout his 12-year career he played on six different teams and started a total of 36 regular season games out of 456, averaging a career total of 4.6 points-per-game.

He's most likely known for being on the Dallas Mavericks roster who defeated the Miami Heat's "Big Three" in the 2010-11 NBA Finals. He retired in 2012.

The 2010-11 Team

Speaking of the big three, the Boilermakers 2010-11 team led by the trio of JaJuan Johnson, Robbie Hummel, and E'Twaun Moore were Purdue's last collection of NBA draftees.

In the 2011 Draft, Johnson went in the first round (27th pick) by the New Jersey Nets who then traded him to the Boston Celtics, while fellow teammate Moore went in the second round (55th pick) to the Celtics.

Hummel in 2012 was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves (58th pick).

Though the trio had success in college, Moore is the only one who's had a decent NBA career. He's been on three different teams in five seasons, but it looks like he's found his niche in Chicago.

Johnson only played in the NBA during his rookie season and Hummel had two quick seasons with the Timberwolves before heading overseas to play basketball.

Though Purdue's endured this draft drought since the guys above, they look to finally add to their list in the coming years with players like Hammons, Caleb Swanigan, Vincent Edwards and potentially Carsen Edwards.