Wednesday February 20, 2013Gators in the NBA
Five former Gators participated in events at last weekend’s NBA All-Star Weekend. In total, ten former players are back in action in the NBA after the break.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Beal played in Friday’s BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, pitting the league’s top rookies and second-year players. He scored 12 points in the game. In regular season action, Beal played in two games last week, topping the 10-point mark in both games. In Washington’s latest outing against Toronto on Tuesday, February 19, he led the team in scoring with 25 points. The rookie is averaging 13.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, and 2.4 apg for the Wizards this year.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner finished in second place at Saturday’s Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. In this past week’s regular season play, he played in two games for San Antonio. Bonner is averaging 4.0 ppg and 1.9 rpg for the Spurs.
Corey Brewer, Denver Nuggets
Brewer has played in every game for Denver this year, averaging 11.3 and 3.0 rpg. Last week, Brewer scored in double figures in each of the Nuggets’ games.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
In 47 games, Haslem is averaging 3.7 ppg and 5.4 rpg for Miami. The team’s all-time leading rebounder did not see any action last week due to injury.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
This season Horford is averaging 16.2 ppg and 9.8 rpg. In Atlanta’s lone game last week, Horford finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds against Orlando on Wednesday, February 13.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
The Western Conference All-Star recorded six points and two rebounds in Sunday’s game. In regular season action, Lee is currently seventh in rebounding and is tied for 12th in scoring in the league, averaging 19.0 ppg and 10.8 rpg. In Golden State’s only game of the week, he recorded 18 points and nine rebounds against Utah on Tuesday, February 19.
Mike Miller, Miami Heat
In 39 games, Miller is averaging 3.6 ppg and 2.3 rpg. Like his Miami teammate, Haslem, he did not play in any games this past week.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
In Sunday’s All-Star Game, Noah recorded eight points and 10 boards. In regular season play, he is one of eight players in the league, along with Lee, to be averaging a double-double (11.8 ppg and 11.5 rpg). He currently is tied for second in the league in rebounding. Noah pulled down at least 16 rebounds in each of Chicago’s games last week.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Parsons joined Beal in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, recording 13 points. In regular season action, Parsons is averaging 14.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, and 3.7 apg for Houston in 54 games this season. In Houston’s only game last week, he tallied 17 points, six rebounds, and four assists against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, February 13.
Marresse Speights, Cleveland Cavaliers
Speights is averaging 7.8 ppg and 5.1 rpg this year, playing for both Memphis and Cleveland. In the Cavaliers only game this past week, Speights was one point and one rebound shy of a double-double against San Antonio on Wednesday, February 13.