Isiah Thomas, Indiana (1981)
Draft Selection: 2nd Overall, 1981
Length Of NBA Tenure: 1981-1994
Accolades: 2x NBA Champion (1989–1990), 1990 NBA Finals MVP, 12x NBA All-Star (1982–1993), NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
Many would argue that Indiana University coach Bob Knight prepared Isiah Thomas for the NBA with his tough love style of coaching. Thomas had a Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Pistons that featured highlights like two championships, and twelve All-Star nods. After his great career, Thomas has entertained many positions centered around basketball to varying degrees of success. These included ownership stakes in the Toronto Raptors and the Continental Basketball Association, coaching Florida International University, the Indiana Pacers, and the New York Knicks. He also held executive positions with the Raptors and Knicks, though the latter was rather tumultuous. He currently holds a broadcasting position with NBA TV.