Tuesday June 4, 2013Three Former Gators in the 2013 NBA Finals
Three former University of Florida menís basketball players will face off in the 2013 NBA Finals when Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, and the defending champion Miami Heat take on Matt Bonner and the San Antonio Spurs. The best-of-seven series begins on Thursday in Miami.
Haslem had an exceptional series in the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Indiana Pacers, averaging 6.4 points per game and 4.0 boards per contest. Miamiís all-time leading rebounder tallied 17 points and seven rebounds in the teamís victory on Sunday, May 26. It marked the most points he had scored all season and matched his best rebounding performance of the 2013 playoffs.
Miller played in four of the seven games against Indiana. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Miller had six points and three rebounds in the Heatís loss on Saturday, June 1.
After averaging only 13.4 minutes per game in the 2012-13 regular season, Bonner has seen his minutes go up in the 2013 playoffs. In the Western Conference Finals against the Memphis Grizzlies, he played 17.8 minutes per games, averaging 6.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Bonner scored at least eight points on two occasions in the series, as well.
With a former Gator on both of the teams competing in the NBA Finals, this will mark the third straight year a former player from the University of Florida has been a member of the NBA champions. Since 2000, five NBA champions have had at least one former UF player on their roster.