Prominent Iowa State Cyclones Who Played in the NBA

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Zaid Abdul-Aziz
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To date, 29 former Iowa State basketball players have played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Below are three of the most prominent players.

1. Zaid Abdul-Aziz: The fifth overall pick in the 1968 NBA Draft, Abdul-Aziz played 10 seasons in the league, mostly with the Houston Rockets and Seattle Supersonics. He retired following the 1977-78 season with a career average of nine points and eight rebounds per game.

2. Kelvin Cato: A first-round pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1997 NBA Draft, Cato was immediately traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, where he spent the first two seasons of his 10-year career. He was later traded by Portland to the Houston Rockets in a deal involving Scottie Pippen.

3. Jeff Hornacek: A 14-year NBA veteran, Hornacek was drafted 46th overall by the Phoenix Suns in 1986. The 6-foot-3 guard is a one-time NBA All-Star and averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game over his career.