Players from Springfield, Missouri, who have played in the NBA

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The 2022 NBA Draft will take place Thursday night and it could bring southwest Missouri a bit of history.

According to Basketball-Reference, only four players who attended high school in southwest Missouri have gone on to play in the NBA. An additional player was born in our coverage area but played high school basketball in California.

None of the players who attended high school in the area have been drafted.

But Thursday could change that with the possibility of Greenwood’s Aminu Mohammed being selected after one season at Georgetown. The draft begins at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Here are the players from the region who have appeared in the NBA:

Anthony Tolliver, Kickapoo

One of the most recognizable names in southwest Missouri sports history, Tolliver has enjoyed a lengthy NBA career since first joining the league in 2008-09.

The Kickapoo grad has played for 11 teams over his career. He averaged 19.4 minutes in his 730 appearances with 105 total starts. He’s not officially retired but he last played in 2020-21 in 11 games with the Philadelphia 76ers.





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