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5 best NCAA Tournament performances by active NBA players

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Kemba Walker was the catalyst for the 2011 championship for UCONN

March Madness always seems to come and go way to quickly, and this year is no exception as we're already at the Final Four; which starts in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday. The Cinderella this year, 11-seed Loyola Chicago will take on 3-seed Michigan. On the other side of the bracket, two 1-seeds clash when Villanova takes on Kansas.

Throughout the history of the NCAA Tournament, there have been many great overall tournament performances by players who went on to have a great career in the NBA. Arguably the best ever overall tournament performance comes from Danny Manning in 1988 for Kansas.

During the championship run for the Jayhawks, Manning would average an outstanding 27.2 points per game to go with 9.3 rebounds. In the championship game against Oklahoma, Manning would score 31 points and pull down 18 rebounds in the winning effort.

This particular article takes a look at the best ever overall tournament performances of players who are still in the NBA today. The list of five includes some veterans who played in the NCAA Tournament 15 years ago; while the list also includes some younger stars who played in the tournament in 2012.


#5 Dwyane Wade (Marquette - 2003)

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Dwyane Wade's triple-double led Marquette to an upset of Kentucky in 2003...

It's hard to believe it was 15 years since Dwyane Wade led the 3-seed Marquette Golden Eagles to their third Final Four in school history, and it was the last time that Marquette reached this far in the tournament.

Wade averaged 21.8 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game, and 6.0 assists during the entire tournament. His best performance was when they beat top-seed Kentucky as Wade had a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Unfortunately for Marquette, they were trounced in the national semi-final by Kansas 94-61.

In the NBA, Wade is a sure-fire future Hall of Famer. He's won three NBA Championships, all with the Miami Heat in 2006, 2012, and 2013. He's also a 12-time NBA All-Star.

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