Wednesday April 3, 2013Gators in the NBA
Six former Florida Gators will participate in postseason play as 11 teams have already punched their tickets to the NBA Playoffs. Only a handful of games remain in the regular season and Bradley Beal, David Lee, Chandler Parsons, and Marresse Speights are all looking to lead their respective to the postseason.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Beal returned from injury this week and played in two games for Washington last week. In his debut against Toronto on Sunday, March 31, Beal had a team-best 24 points. He is averaging 13.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, and 2.4 apg for the Wizards this season.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner played in three games this past week for San Antonio. In the team’s latest outing against Memphis on Monday, April 1, Bonner had six points, four rebounds, and a blocked shot. He is scoring 3.9 ppg and has 1.8 rpg for the Spurs in 61 games played.
Corey Brewer, Denver Nuggets
Brewer has played in every game for Denver this year, averaging 11.7 and 2.9 rpg. Last week, he averaged 11.0 ppg and 2.0 rpg in the Nuggets’ two games.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Miami’s all-time leading rebounder is averaging 3.7 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 71 games played this season. Haslem recorded eight points on two occasions last week and had seven boards against San Antonio on Sunday, March 31.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta’s leading scorer and rebounder (17.5 ppg and 10.2 rpg), Horford missed two games this past week due to injury. Prior to the injury, he had 26 points and 12 rebounds against Toronto on Wednesday, March 27.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
On the year, Lee is averaging 18.5 ppg and 11.1 rpg. He currently ranks 15th in the league in scoring and sixth in rebounding. Last week, Lee had a double-double (20 points and 10 rebounds) against Sacramento on Wednesday, March 27.
Mike Miller, Miami Heat
Miller put together one of his best two-game stretches of the season this past week. After recording 12 points against San Antonio on Sunday, March 31, he tallied a season-best 18 points against New York on Tuesday, April 2. Miller was 4-for-8 from beyond the arc and had eight rebounds and four assists, as well. He is scoring at a clip of 3.7 ppg and averaging 2.3 rpg this season.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
The NBA’s fourth-leading rebounder has not played in nearly two weeks due to injury. He is one of 11 players in the league, along with Horford and Lee, to be averaging a double-double (12.1 ppg and 11.4 rpg) this season.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
After notching three games with at least 11 points this week, Parsons missed the Rockets’ latest game due to illness. He is averaging 15.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 3.5 apg this year for Houston.
Marreese Speights, Cleveland Cavaliers
Speights had a great week, recording at least 12 points on three occasions. Against Atlanta on Monday, April 1, he had 23 points and eight boards. Playing for both Memphis and Cleveland this season, Speights is averaging 8.6 ppg and 5.0 rpg.