Thursday April 18, 2013Gators in the NBA
Eight former Florida Gators will participate in postseason play when the NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday, April 20. The University of Florida has eight former players in the playoffs, which ranks fifth among collegiate programs.
In total, 10 former players just completed the 2012-13 regular season with their respective teams. †
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Beal suffered a season-ending injury and did not see any action after Tuesday, April 2. The rookie finished his first season in the NBA with 13.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, and 2.4 apg in 56 games played. Beal was the fourth-leading scorer among rookies.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner played in 64 games for San Antonio during the regular season. He recorded 4.2 ppg and 1.9 rpg this year. The Spurs have the second seed in the Western Conference.
Corey Brewer, Denver Nuggets
Brewer played in every game for Denver this year, averaging 12.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg. Last week, he tallied 28 points, one-shy of his career-best, against San Antonio on Wednesday, April 10. The highest-scoring team in the NBA owns the third seed in the Western Conference.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Miamiís all-time leading rebounder averaged 3.9 ppg and 5.4 rpg in 75 games played this season. After missing four straight games, Haslem returned for the final game of the regular season and looks to be a key fixture in the Heatís quest for a second consecutive NBA Finals title. ††
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Horford played in five of the past 10 games for Atlanta as the team prepares for postseason play. He averaged 17.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, and 3.2 apg for the Hawks. Atlanta is the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
On the year, Lee averaged 18.5 ppg and 11.2 rpg. He finished the regular season ranked 15th in the league in scoring and fourth in rebounding. Golden State is the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
Mike Miller, Miami Heat
Miller wrapped up his 12th season in the NBA with a phenomenal month of April. He averaged 12.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, and 3.8 apg in nine games played this month. Miller also tallied two 20-point games. Miami is the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
After missing four consecutives games, Noah returned for the final two games of the regular season in preparation for the NBA Playoffs. Chicago is the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Noah averaged 11.9 ppg, 11.1 rpg, and 4.0 apg this year.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Parsons missed two games then returned for the final three games of the regular season. He did not disappoint in his return, scoring at least 23 points on two occasions. Parsons finished the year for eighth-seeded Houston with 15.5 ppg, 5.3 apg, and 3.5 apg.
Marreese Speights, Cleveland Cavaliers
Speights only missed three games this season for Cleveland and Memphis. He recorded 8.3 ppg and 4.9 rpg in his fourth year in the league. †