2000’s Best NCAA Men’s Basketball Player Bracket


Since March Madness will not be happening (insert crying emoji or maybe crying Jordan meme), the staff here at Fantasy Six Pack decided we needed to make our own fun. We are having our own March Madness tournament with your help. We will decide who the best NCAA Men’s Basketball player in the 2000’s is in this 64-man bracket.

The first round will run from now until Friday at noon Eastern Time. Each Round after that will last two days.

Below you will see each region to vote the winner of each matchup. We will also be highlighting a matchup or two per round in each region.

Follow us on Twitter @FantasySixPack  or Facebook to get updates for when the new rounds are ready to be voted on. Feel free to comment/debate on there too, as well as the comment section below.

2000’s Best NCAA Men’s Basketball Player

We could have gone with the best ever NCAA Men’s Basketball Players in history for the Region names. Instead, we thought we’d have some fun and name them after players who did not go to College to play and would have dominated.

Our selection process – we came up with the top players our staff could think of looking at All-American lists and more. Then we seeded those players using their Win Share totals. This gave us our 64-man field.

Here is a full view of the bracket, click it to expand.

2000s Best NCAA Men's Basketball Player Bracket - Kemba

Final Four

See how each region played out below!

LeBron James Region (swipe to access next round)

This region is led by Kevin Love and Emeka Okafor. Kevin Love was one of the most dominant college players in the 2000’s, easily earning him the overall No. 1 seed. He averaged 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds. His NBA game has changed to more of an outside game, but he was a force in the paint in College.

The No. 2 seed, Okafor was not a great NBA player, but his 03-04 season was something special helping lead the UConn Huskies to a National Title too.

Another interesting name in this Region is Kevin Durant. In his lone season, he averaged 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds, winning National Player of the Year unanimously. That team was surprised by USC in the second round of the tournament that season. Could he come out of this region? I would bet he does very well.

The most interesting first-round matchup to me is Frank Kaminsky vs Dwyane Wade. Wade obviously has the name recognition and was fantastic in 02-03. He averaged 21.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists. Kaminsky was a great college player though averaging 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds that season. He also blocked 57 shots and knocked down 42 three-pointers.

Kobe Bryant Region (swipe to access next round)

The No. 2 overall seed lands here and that is Michael Beasley.  His 07-08 season where he averaged 26.2 points, 12.4 rebound was great. He also chipped in 42 steals and 54 blocks.

The No. 2 seed in this region is Shane Battier, one of many Duke players in the field. His senior season he averaged 19.9 points, 7.3 rebounds while hitting 124 three-pointers, he also blocked 88 shots and added 82 steals. WOW!

A very interesting player to me in this bracket is Joakim Noah. He was one of the quirkiest, wild players I’ve ever watched, but he was so good. His stats don’t really show as well as some of the rest with averages of 14.2 points and 7.1 rebounds, but you have to add his 95 blocks and 44 steals. Not to mention he was one of the leaders on a Florida team that won back-to-back titles, the last team to do that since the ’92-’93 Duke team.

The most interesting opening round matchup to me is Kemba Walker vs Derrick Rose. Walker is famously known for carrying a UConn team to a ridiculous 11-straight post-season victories. Winning the Big East Tournament as a 9-seed and then the NCAA Tournament as a 3-seed. Walker’s was great in 10-11 with 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

Not to be outdone, Rose took a Memphis team to the National Championship game in his lone season. He averaged 14.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists. It is a matchup of two elite college guards.

Kevin Garnett Region (swipe to access next round)

Andrew Bogut lands the third No. 1 seed in the tournament. His averages that season were 20.4 points and 12.2 rebounds. He also shot a crazy .620 thanks to being a dominant inside presence.

The No. 2 seed in this region is arguably the most dominant big man in the NBA right now, Anthony Davis. His 11-12 season at Kentucky finished with an NCAA Title. This thanks to his 14.2 point and 10.4 averages and a crazy 186 blocks. He also finished with an above .600 field goal percentage.

These two have fantastic opening round matchups too. Bogut faces off against Carmelo Anthony who helped carry Syracuse to a National Championship. He scored 22.2 a game and added 10 rebounds a game and 56 total three-pointers. He was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Davis gets to go against fellow Wildcat, John Wall. Wall ended with 16.6 points per game and added 6.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds.

There are so many players in this region who have gone onto have huge NBA careers – Kawhi Leonard, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard. It will be interesting to see how they do in the Best NCAA Men’s Basketball Player Bracket.

Dwight Howard Region (swipe to access next round)

We close out the regional brackets with Paul Millsap taking the fourth No. 1 seed. He had three fantastic seasons with Louisiana Tech, but his final season was his best. He finished with 19.6 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. He also blocked 76 shots and 62 steals.

The No. 2 seed in this region is none other than Stephen Curry. You could argue easily that he deserved a No. 1 seed, but just barely missed the cut. We all know the story of how Curry became a household name, leading the Davidson Wildcats to an improbable Elite Eight appearance in 2008, beating Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin on the way. They eventually lost to Kansas 57-59.

That was not his best statistical season though. That was his 08-09 season in which he averaged 28.6 points, 5.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds. He also hit 130 three-pointers (shockingly not his career-high).

The most notable name other than those two in this region is Zion Williamson. His freshman year he averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds. He also had countless highlight-reel dunks and was one of the most exciting players to watch in years.

Zion actually has one of the most interesting matchups too. He faces off against Draymond Green. It is interesting because many were comparing the two has Zion was entering the NBA. Green in his 11-12 season averaged 16.2 points and 10.6 rebounds.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the website. Joe is one of the Experts included in the FantasyPros Consensus Rankings for Football, Baseball and Basketball and finished well each year. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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  1. Cory

    March 22, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    No Mateen Cleeves? That’s not even right!

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