Wednesday November 6, 2013Gators in the NBA
With the tip-off of the 2013-14 NBA regular season on Tuesday, October 29th, several former Gators are back in action on the hardwood. Florida currently has 12 former players in the NBA, which ranks sixth in the most recent poll that highlights Division I Schools’ representation of players in the league.
On opening night, Udonis Haslem and the Miami Heat received their championship rings for winning the 2013 NBA Finals. Former Heat player, Mike Miller, who was traded in the offseason to the Memphis Grizzlies, will receive his ring when Memphis travels to Miami later this season.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Battling back after suffering a season-ending injury, Beal saw over 38 minutes of action on opening night as the Wizards fell short to the Detroit Pistons, 102-113. Through three games, Beal is averaging 15.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.7 apg. The Wizards take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at 7p.m.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner enters his tenth season in the NBA after making an appearance with the Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals. Bonner has come off the bench in three of the four games and is averaging 3.7 ppg. The Spurs host the Phoenix Suns tonight at 8:30 p.m.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Now donning a Timberwolves uniform, Brewer has competed in all four games to open the season, tallying double-digit scoring in three of the four contests. The Timberwolves match up with Golden State tonight at 8 p.m.
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles
After playing four years overseas, Calathes joined the Grizzles for the 2013-14 season. He has appeared in two games thus far, hitting one basket in each. The Grizzlies host the New Orleans Pelicans tonight at 8 p.m.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Fresh off an NBA Finals championship, Haslem has started for the Heat in all five contests to open the 2013-14 season. His best performance so far has been against the Bulls on the opening night when he scored six points and pulled down three rebounds. The Heat will face the Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Entering his seventh year with the Hawks, Horford is leading the team in rebounds, steals and blocks through four games. He is averaging 18.0 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 2.5 spg and 2.0 bpg. The Hawks travel to Denver to face the Nuggets on Thursday at 9 p.m.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Lee has started in all four contests thus far for the Warriors and is leading the team in rebounding, averaging 8.0 rpg. Currently, Lee is averaging 19.8 ppg, scoring double-digit points in all four games.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
After winning back-to-back championships with the Miami Heat, Miller was traded in the offseason to the Grizzlies. Off of the bench, he is averaging 7 ppg and 3.8 rpg.
Erik Murphy, Chicago Bulls
Murphy was picked up in the second round as a 49th overall pick by the Bulls in the 2013 draft but is yet to see any action. The Bulls face the Indiana Pacers tonight at 7 p.m.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Noah has started in all three games to open the 2013 season for the Bulls. He is leading the team in rebounding, averaging 11.7 rpg, pulling down 15 boards in the Bulls win versus the New York Knicks on Halloween night.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Starting all five games, Parsons is averaging 13.2 ppg and collected his first double-double of the season against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 2 by recording 24 points and 12 rebounds. The Rockets take on the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday at 9:30 p.m.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
After moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Memphis Grizzlies midway through the 2012-13 season, Speights is now a member of the Golden State Warriors. Speights is averaging 7.0 ppp, 2.0 rpg and 2.5 apg off the bench for the Warriors.