Caron Butler: UConn (2000-2002), Miami Heat, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder
While attending UConn as a freshman, Butler led the Huskies in both scoring and rebounding with 15.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. He won his only NBA Championship with Dallas in 2011. He’s also a 2× NBA All-Star (2007–2008), NBA All-Rookie First Team (2003) and Big East Player of the Year (2002).
Charlie Villanueva: UConn (2003-2005), Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons
Villanueva was the seventh pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. He is also a Dominican citizen and has represented the Dominican Republic national basketball team. The Queens, NY native was an NBA All-Rookie First Team (2006) and won an NCAA championship in 2004.
Salary – $8.58 million
Emeka Okafor: UConn (2001-2004), Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Hornets, Washington Wizards, Phoenix Suns
The first ever draft pick of The Charlotte Bobcats, Okafor was the NBA Rookie of The Year in 2005 after successfully winning a national championship the previous year at UConn. He was also named 2004 Big East Player of The Year.
Salary – $14.49 million (2013)
Kemba Walker: UConn (2008-2011), Charlotte Bobcats
It literally feels like it was yesterday that the Bronx, NY-born Kemba Walker just won the national championship for Connecticut. Now in his third season in the NBA, he is a force to deal with! His resume shows: NCAA champion (2011), NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2011), Consensus first team All-American (2011), Bob Cousy Award winner (2011), and Big East Tournament MVP (2011).
Salary – $2.57 million
Ray Allen: UConn (1993-1996), Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat
Probably the most popular and most accomplished player to attend the University of Connecticut, Allen is currently shooting the lights out in Miami playing alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Surprisingly, after a well-respected acting role in Spike Lee’s ‘He Got Game’, he hasn’t been in front of a camera since playing Shuttlesworth alongside Denzel Washington. Too many accolades to list as he is still trying to add more hardware to his award chest.
Salary – $3.229 million
Richard Hamilton: UConn (1996-1999), Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls
The retired three time NBA All-Star, was instrumental in helping the Detroit Pistons win the championship in 2004. He is also the only player in NBA history to lead his team in scoring in a game without making a field goal. On January 6, 2005, Hamilton was 0-for-10 from the field, but was 14-of-14 from the line in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Accolades achieved: NBA champion (2004), 3× NBA All-Star (2006–2008), NCAA champion (1999), NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1999), 2× Big East Player of the Year (1998–1999), Consensus first team All-American (1999) and Consensus second team All-American (1998).
Salary- $5 million (2012)
Rudy Gay: UConn (2004-2006), Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings
The former co-winner of the 2005 Big East Conference Freshman of the Year award, the Baltimore, Maryland native is already on his third NBA team. The awards he’s won so far include: NBA All-Rookie First Team (2007), 2× NBA Rising Star (2007–2008), Big East Rookie of the Year (2005) and the Consensus second team All-American (2006).
Salary – $17.89 million
Andre Drummond: UConn (2012-14), Detroit Pistons
The second year NBA player only attended UConn one year before declaring himself available for the draft. The Mount Vernon native was expected to be a top pick but fell to number 9. In his short career, he was on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2013) and is also the current NBA Rising Stars Challenge MVP (2014).