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Here's what an NBA starting lineup made up of former Arizona Wildcats would look like

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Though the second round of this year's NCAA Tournament was full of upsets, the No. 2 seed Arizona Wildcats continued to advance and will appear in the Sweet 16 next weekend.

No. 1 seed Villanova and fellow No. 2 seeds Duke and Louisville all lost, but the Pac-12 powerhouses lived to see another day.

That's sure to be exciting for the Arizona alumni currently playing in the NBA, as every win puts them closer to ultimate locker-room bragging rights.

If the former Arizona stars were to form an NBA team, they'd put together an interesting mix of established players and up-and-coming stars. Strengths of the team include ball-handling and three-point shooting, but the hypothetical team of ex-Wildcats lacks size and rebounding ability.

However, it's a team that could make some noise and, much like the current Wildcats, may be overlooked by higher-rated squads. Here are the five former Arizona players who would make up an NBA starting five:

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

Point Guard: T.J. McConnell, Philadelphia 76ers

Though he toils away in relative obscurity with the 76ers, McConnell has turned into a solid NBA point guard.

All-Star appearances may not be in the former Wildcat's immediate future, but he's averaging 6.4 points, 6.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game for a young Philadelphia squad.

As the Sixers continue to improve, McConnell will play a part in any future success the team may have.

Milwaukee Bucks v Cleveland Cavaliers

Shooting Guard: Jason Terry, Milwaukee Bucks

Terry, who was drafted in 1999, was a member of the only Arizona squad ever to win a national title when the Wildcats cut down the nets in 1997.

At age 39, Terry's best days may be behind him, but the man can still flat-out shoot the basketball. The career 37.9 percent three-point shooter has made 2,223 long balls in his 18-year career - good for the third-most threes of all-time.

This hypothetical all-Arizona squad will need some deep threats, and there aren't many players - current or former - who are more of a deep threat than Jet.

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder

Small Forward: Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors

Iguodala may only be the sixth man for the Warriors, but the former Wildcat would be the centerpiece for his college alumni squad.

In 66 games for the Warriors - who sport an NBA-best 55-14 record - Iguodala is averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 26.3 minutes per night.

As someone who can create his own offense and play point-forward at times, though, Iggy would be a much more important piece for this all-Arizona team than he currently is for Golden State.

Orlando Magic v Charlotte Hornets

Power Forward: Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic

Gordon, a two-time All-Star Dunk Contest participant, can do more than just rattle the rim when he's on the court.

A one-year wonder at Arizona, the former No. 4 overall pick has a well-rounded game and averages 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per night for the Magic.

He's still improving every year, so the sky is the limit for the former Wildcat. At 6'9" and weighing in at 220 pounds, he'll be a force in the paint.

New York Knicks v Cleveland Cavaliers

Center: Channing Frye, Cleveland Cavaliers

Frye has turned into an important piece for the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while coming off the bench.

The former Arizona standout and former No. 8 overall pick is a threat from long range. Frye has knocked down 41 percent of his three-point attempts this year and is a career 38.9 percent shooter from beyond the arc.

Gordon will have to do most of the rebounding for this all-Arizona squad, as Frye doesn't really crash the boards, but having him on the court to space the floor offensively will be valuable.

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