As a longtime fan of the Syracuse Orange in college basketball, I've watched all the great centers and big men who have played at Georgetown University over the years. For whatever reason, Georgetown has been able to produce five great NBA centers over the last 25 years.
Here's a quick look at those five NBA centers. Two of them will be taking part in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game festivities this year, while another of the great centers is already in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Players ranked by their career scoring averages in the NBA.
Great NBA Centers from Georgetown University
1. Patrick Ewing - 21.0 points per game
Patrick Ewing averaged 15.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game at Georgetown from 1982 to 1985. Ewing led the Georgetown Hoyas to a college basketball championship in 1984. In the 1985 NBA Draft, the New York Knicks took Patrick Ewing with the first overall pick in the draft.
Patrick Ewing played 17 years in the NBA, and averaged 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Ewing played in 139 NBA playoff games, and averaged 20.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game in those playoff games. Patrick Ewing was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
2. Alonzo Mourning - 17.1
Alonzo Mourning averaged 16.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game at Georgetown from 1989 to 1992. Mourning was then taken with the second overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets.
Alonzo Mourning played 15 years in the NBA, and averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. He won a NBA Championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat.
3. Greg Monroe - 11.2
Greg Monroe averaged 14.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game at Georgetown over two years in 2009 and 2010. He was then taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Over his two seasons in the NBA, Greg Monroe is averaging 11.2 points and 8.2 rebound per game.
Greg Monroe was just chosen to play in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge game which is part of the NBA All-Star Game festivities taking place on Thursday, February, 16, 2012. Former NBA greats, Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley will be the two coaches, will draft the players chosen to play in the game.
4. Roy Hibbert - 10.9
Roy Hibbert averaged 10.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game at Georgetown from 2005 to 2008. He was then taken with the 17th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors, who traded him to the Indiana Pacers. In his fourth NBA season, Roy Hibbert has career averages of 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Roy Hibbert was chosen as a reserve to the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. He is averaging 13.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game so far in the 2012 season.
5. Dikembe Mutombo - 9.8
Dikembe Mutombo averaged 9.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game at Georgetown from 1989 to 1991. Mutombo was then taken with the fourth overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. Mutombo played 18 years in the NBA, and averaged 9.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.
Dikembe Mutombo was a four time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and a eight time all-star. He led the NBA five times in total blocks, and four times in total rebounds.
The current center playing for the Georgetown Hoyas is Henry Sims. Sims is averaging 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game so far during the 2012 college basketball season. Henry Sims has a chance to play in the NBA.