Michigan coach John Beilein is widely respected throughout college basketball not just for his offensive mind, but for his acclaimed ability to develop talent.
During his time in Ann Arbor, Beilein has established an NBA pipeline with nine Wolverines being selected in the NBA Draft since 2011, including seven in the first round.
Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, Mitch McGary, Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert, D.J. Wilson and Moritz Wagner were all top-25 selections, while Darius Morris and Glenn Robinson III were taken within the first 11 picks of the second round.
And of the nine selections, eight were early departures (LeVert was the only senior) and only four were top-100 recruits out of high school (Morris, Burke, Robinson and McGary).
But making it to the NBA is one thing. Making it in the NBA is another.
Here’s a look at how Michigan’s NBA Draft picks under Beilein have panned out in the pros so far:
Recruit ranking: Four stars, No. 100 nationally for 2009
Michigan career: Two seasons (2009-11), 67 games, 53 starts, 9.9 points, 4.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 29.8 minutes, third team All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore
Drafted: 2011, second round, No. 41 overall, Los Angeles Lakers
NBA career: Four seasons (2011-15), 132 games, 17 starts, 3.3 points, 1.4 assists, one rebound, 11.1 minutes
Career NBA earnings: $2,402,195
Overview: Morris made the decision to leave early and it didn’t exactly work out too well. He bounced around the league primarily as a backup point guard after spending his first two seasons with the Lakers. His most successful stop in the NBA came in 2013-14 when he averaged 6.9 points and 2.6 assists in 16.1 minutes over 12 games with the Philadelphia 76ers. However, he was never able to stick with one team and went on to have brief stints with the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies that same season before landing with the Brooklyn Nets in 2014-15, his fourth and final NBA team in four seasons. Morris has since played in the G-League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Guangdong Southern Tigers.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Recruit ranking: Three stars, No. 161 nationally for 2010
Michigan career: Three seasons (2010-13), 107 games, 14.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 33.3 minutes, earned third team All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and first team All-Big Ten as a junior
Drafted: 2013, first round, No. 24 overall, New York Knicks
NBA career: Five seasons (2013-18), 338 games, 116 starts, 12.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 25 minutes, 2014 NBA All-Rookie first team
Career NBA earnings: $22,533,525
Overview: Hardaway has had the most success of all the draft picks under Beilein to date. He appeared in all but one game as a rookie before he moved into the starting lineup for 30 games in his second year with the New York Knicks. Following the 2014-15 season, Hardaway was traded to the Atlanta Hawks and followed a similar path — playing primarily off the bench in his first year and cracking the starting lineup his second year. During his contract year in 2016-17, Hardaway blossomed by averaging 14.5 points per game while shooting a career-best 45.5 percent from the floor. He cashed in on that performance by signing a four-year, $71 million deal to return to New York, where he started a career-high 54 games and averaged career highs in points (17.5), rebounds (3.9) and assists (2.7) this past season.
Recruit ranking: Four stars, No. 93 nationally for 2011
Michigan career: Two seasons (2011-13), 73 games, 71 starts, 16.9 points, 5.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 35.7 minutes, Big Ten and national player of the year as a sophomore
Drafted: 2013, first round, No. 9 overall, Utah Jazz
NBA career: Five seasons (2013-18), 303 games, 120 starts, 10.9 points, 3.8 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 24.4 minutes, 2014 NBA All-Rookie first team
Career NBA earnings: $11,816,318
Overview: Burke is arguably one of the most talented players Beilein has ever had. His professional career got off to a solid start as he averaged 12.8 points and 5.7 assists as a full-time starter for the Jazz, and finished third in voting for rookie of the year. However, Burke was never quite able to build off that success. His numbers dipped the next two seasons in Utah and continued to decline after he was traded to the Washington Wizards, where he was relegated to a backup role. Burke signed a two-year deal with the New York Knicks in 2017-18 and started last season with the Westchester Knicks in the G-League, where he had to resurrect his career and successfully played his way back into the NBA.
Glenn Robinson III
Recruit ranking: Five stars, No. 17 nationally for 2012
Michigan career: Two seasons (2012-14), 76 games, 76 starts, 12 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, one steal, 33 minutes
Drafted: 2014, second round, No. 40 overall, Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA career: Four seasons (2014-18), 172 games, 33 starts, 4.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 14.7 minutes, 2017 NBA slam dunk contest champ
Career NBA earnings: $4,182,141
Overview: Robinson’s time in Minnesota didn’t last long as he was waived after appearing in just 25 games. He was claimed off waivers by the 76ers and finished his rookie season in Philadelphia before signing a three-year deal with the Pacers. He spent his first two seasons in Indiana as a role player and was trending toward a bigger role until he suffered an ankle injury in training camp and missed the majority of last season. He’ll look to revive his career with the Detroit Pistons after signing a two-year, $8.3 million deal earlier this month.
Recruit ranking: Four stars, No. 28 nationally for 2012
Michigan career: Two seasons (2012-14), 47 games, 12 starts, 7.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 20.6 minutes
Drafted: 2014, first round, No. 21 overall, Oklahoma City Thunder
NBA career: Two seasons (2014-16), 52 games, two starts, 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 10.7 minutes
Career NBA earnings: $4,389,120
Overview: McGary has had the shortest — and most disappointing — professional career of Beilein’s draft picks. After testing positive for marijuana during Michigan’s NCAA Tournament run in 2014 and facing a one-year suspension, he left for the NBA. His career never took off as he broke a bone in his left foot during training camp and missed the start of his rookie season. He spent time on assignments with the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder’s G-League affiliate, and left the team toward the end of his second season for a few weeks because of personal reasons. Following his second season, McGary was suspended 15 total games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy twice and was eventually waived by the Thunder. He hasn’t played professionally since and instead turned to competitive bowling.
Recruit ranking: Four stars, No. 110 nationally for 2012
Michigan career: Two seasons (2012-14), 75 games, 69 starts, 14.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 32.9 minutes, named second-team All-American and Big Ten player of the year as a sophomore
Drafted: 2014, first round, No. 8 overall, Sacramento Kings
NBA career: Four seasons (2014-18), 267 games, 63 starts, seven points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists
Career NBA earnings: $12,415,467
Overview: Stauskas is the highest selection of all Beilein’s draft picks but that hasn’t exactly equated out to a ton of success. He has already been traded twice — from Sacramento to Philadelphia following his rookie season and from Philadelphia to Brooklyn last season — and has spent much of his career as a shooter off the bench. Stauskas, who is known for his sharpshooter ability, struggled from 3-point range as a rookie but has progressively improved his long-range shooting percentage each season. He will face a critical year this season after signing a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Recruit ranking: Three stars, No. 239 nationally for 2012
Michigan career: Four seasons (2012-16), 103 games, 70 starts, 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 26.4 minutes, named second team All-Big Ten as a sophomore
Drafted: 2016, first round, No. 20 overall, Brooklyn Nets
NBA career: Two seasons (2016-18), 128 games, 36 starts, 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 24.2 minutes
Career NBA earnings: $3,194,760
Overview: Injuries ravaged LeVert’s junior and senior seasons at Michigan, but it didn’t stop the Nets from seeing his potential. LeVert missed the start of his rookie season as he continued to rehab from foot surgery but once he was able to take the court, he flashed his promise by averaging 8.2 points in 21.7 minutes. He followed that up with an uptick in his production (12.1 points), playing time (26.3 minutes) and games played (71) as he appeared to return to full health and top form last season.
Recruit ranking: Four stars, No. 123 nationally for 2014
Michigan career: Three seasons (2014-17), 69 games, 36 starts, 7.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, one block, 19.4 minutes
Drafted: 2017, first round, No. 17 overall, Milwaukee Bucks
NBA career: One season (2017-18), 22 games, no starts, one point, 0.5 rebounds, 3.2 minutes
Career NBA earnings: $2,135,040
Overview: Wilson’s game flourished down the stretch at Michigan, particularly during his strong finish in the postseason. However, his rookie season in Milwaukee was rather insignificant and he was assigned to the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ G-League affiliate, multiple times. Entering the second year of his two-year, $4.7 million rookie deal, Wilson appears to have his work cut out for him to become a rotation piece and get his professional career off the ground after what was essentially a redshirt season.
Recruit ranking: Four stars, No. 119 nationally for 2015
Michigan career: Three seasons (2015-18), 107 games, 77 starts, 10.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 21 minutes, named second team All-Big Ten and Big Ten tournament MVP as a junior
Drafted: 2018, first round, No. 25 overall, Los Angeles Lakers
NBA career: Entering rookie season after signing two-year, $3.8 million deal with Lakers
Overview: After helping lead Michigan to the national title game last season, Wagner was ready for a new challenge. And so far, it appears Wagner is rising to the occasion by averaging 13.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and two blocks through five NBA Summer League games. While there’s still a ways to go before he secures a rotation role, Wagner will have the luxury of teaming up and practicing with one of the league’s greatest players in LeBron James.