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Painter Era: All-Time Team

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Picking these players in a certain order was way harder than what I thought it would be.

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Northwestern Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

The H&R staff just debated for around in an hour in our group chat. I asked the simple question, who is your guys 2 deep for an all time Painter era team? It is hard, it really is. There have been some really good players since Coach Painter took over in 2005. Baby Boilers, Biggie, Ray Davis, A.J., the junior class we have now. There also have been a couple of dud classes as well.

But, looking back, we have been pretty damn lucky to see these guys play.

The debating in our group chat, that it came to the point to where we had to call upon our fearless leader to give us some insight to end the debate. Remember, this is a 2 deep projection based on position, not the overall top 10 players. Here is what we have agreed (kind of) on.

Starters:

PG- Lewis Jackson

- Lew Jack was lightning to watch every game during his career at Purdue (2008-2012). I will never forget waiting for what kind of Jordans he was going to be wearing that night when I went to the games as a high school student. He came in a year after the Baby Boilers. But in the end, he became a large part of our success with that group. While only standing 5’9”(on a good day) he played with more heart than anyone night in and night out. Lew Jack is currently playing in the D-League for the Erie Bayhawks

SG - E’Twuan Moore

- Arguably our most successful Boilermaker from the Painter era. Smooge has made a living in the NBA, this past off-season he signed a huge contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, at 4 years $34 Million dollars. Moore was vital for success early on in Painter’s career. Who can forget the Ohio State game where he lit them up. That was one of the most memorable performances of a Boilermaker of all time. Smooge brought it on both sides of the court, that is why he is our starting two guard here. From day 1, we knew he would be dominant. He averaged double figures every year at Purdue. He was selected late in the 2nd round of the 2011 NBA Draft, but has been a solid role player for the Magic, Bulls and Pelicans.

SF - Robbie Hummel

- Rob is probably the most beloved Boilermaker on this list. It seems like he could do no wrong. With two knee injuries and a bad back during his career at Purdue we were all rooting for him, all the time. The worst was when it was supposed to be his, JJ & Smooge’s senior year, then the ACL. I thought that was a final 4 team that year. Robbie was named to the 2nd team All-America team his Senior year (5th). After a stint in the NBA with the Wolves, Robbie has found a home overseas with Khimki.

PF - Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan

- Obviously, this one is prominent right now. Biggie has been so damn dominant this season. He is one of the front runners in the National Player of the Year race. He was just named first team all B1G, and the B1G Player of the year. It will be further cemented after he takes us on a deep tournament run this March. He has broken the record for most rebounds in a season this year, and will average nearly 18 points & 13 rebounds. He has 26 doubles, to lead the nation. Biggie is dominant.

C - JaJuan Johnson

- JJ had all of the accolades in college. His senior year, he was a Wooden All-American and the B1G POY, in that same year he also won B1G DPOY. That is pretty impressive. JJ was vital to the sweet 16 run that we had. He was drafted as the last pick in the first round in 2011. His NBA career was short though, after 2 years he was demoted to the NBA D-League to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Since then he has played in Europe, he is currently with the Pallacanestro Cantù.

Reserves:

PG - Carsen Edwards

- The starting 5 wasn’t that hard to hammer out. But, since we are trying to do a 2 deep at each position. It was hard to choose a back up point guard. This pick is dependent on how well Carsen will do. As a freshman, he has averaged over 10 points per game. He brings a fire and energy to the court that we don’t really have. Bryson Scott type of play comes to mind, but he is way better than him. Carsen will be very good for the next 3 years that we have him. He and Nojel Eastern are going to be scary in the coming years at the guard spots. (Holmes hates this one)

SG - Chris Kramer

- It was either him, Dakota Mathias or David Teague. We needed some more defense on this squad, so I am rolling with Kramer. The 2 time B1G DPOY, anchored a Purdue defense for four years. He played guard, but played the game like a linebacker. Kramer epitomized what Purdue basketball is about, that is toughness and hard work. He wasn’t afraid of a damn thing. Sometimes, he was offensively challenged, but he could still get to the hoop if needed. He is currently playing for Oldenburg.

SF - Vincent Edwards

- Vincent might be the most versatile wing that Coach Painter had. HE can play the four or the three. He can also guard a big guy if need be too. Vincent can get it done on both sides of the court. While sometimes he is ice cold, when he is on he is on. He is a part of the Junior class that has helped turn Purdue back around after a couple of awful years.

PF - Carl Landry

- Landry is more of a Gene Keady guy, but CMP did get two years with him. Landry straight up dominated while at Purdue. He averaged 18 ppg and right around 7 rebounds for his career. He has had the most successful NBA career as well. While he has been a journeyman, he has been in the league for around 10 years now, which is impressive. His latest spot was with the 76ers, last season.

C - AJ Hammons

- The big man helped revitalize Purdue after a rough couple of years at the hands of Ronnie Johnson. AJ was a blocking machine at Purdue. His offense got better as the years went by. AJ was another big man in line that Painter has done a great job of developing, it started with JJ, then AJ, now Haas. Hopefully Haarms is next. AJ is currently with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA, where he is generally a coaches decision.

Honorable Mention:

PG - Jon Octeus

SG - David Teague

SG - Dakota Mathias

SF - Ray Davis

C - Isaac Haas