Tuesday May 14, 2013Former Gators Beal and Noah Honored by NBA
Former University of Florida menís basketball players Bradley Beal and Joakim Noah both were honored by the National Basketball Association for their efforts in the 2012-13 regular season. Beal was named to the All-Rookie Team, while Noah earned All-Defensive Team accolades.
Bradley tied with New Orleans Hornet Anthony Davis for the second-most votes among players eligible for the All-Rookie Team. For the year, Beal averaged 13.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 1.0 steals per game. He recorded at least 20 points in 13 games and had six games with at least four 3-pointers.
For the second time in his professional career, Noah garnered All-Defensive Team honors. In 2012-13, Noah averaged a double-double (11.9 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per contest). He also blocked 2.14 shots per game, which ranked sixth in the league.
Currently, five former Gators are still in action in the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, and the Miami Heat currently lead Noah and the Chicago Bulls, 3-1, in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In the Western Conference Semifinals, Matt Bonner and the San Antonio Spurs are deadlocked with David Lee and the Golden State Warriors at two games apiece. Lee suffered an injury in the first round of the playoffs and is inactive for the remainder of the postseason.