A Complete History of Players Who Won Both NCAA and NBA Championships

Billy Thompson

NBA Championship(s): Los Angeles Lakers (1987, 1988)
NCAA Championship(s): Louisville Cardinals (1986)

During Louisville's lone championship victory in 1986, Billy Thompson was impressive. With 14.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, Thompson looked like an NBA-ready forward which would explain why he was selected in the first round by the Warriors in the '86 Draft. But, in a last-minute move, he was sent to the Lakers where he was fortunate enough to win two consecutive titles as a member of the franchise. However, there was a small problem. Those years were mostly spent injury-laden with Thompson only playing a total of 800 minutes on the court. But hey, it doesn't matter how you get the chip, as long as you get 'em.

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