Wednesday December 4, 2013Gators in the NBA
Through week five, 12 former Gators are continuing to light up the hardwood. Bradley Beal, Corey Brewer, Al Horford, David Lee, Joakim Noah and Chandler Parsons are all performing at or near the top of their respective rosters, tallying continuous double-digit point games and leading statistical categories.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Beal continues to recover from a stress injury in his right leg, missing the last five games for the Wizards. Despite missing playing time, Beal remains the Wizards leading scorer, averaging 20.6 ppg prior to injury. The Wizards have won two-straight as they take on Milwaukee Friday at 7 p.m.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs
Bonner is averaging 3.2 ppg and 1.5 rpg. He did not play Monday night versus the Hawks, but did contribute in the loss to the Rockets last week, scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds in 23 minutes of action. The Spurs (15-3) travel to Minnesota tonight to face Corey Brewer and the Timberwolves at 9:30 p.m.
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Brewer checks in as the Timberwolves’ fourth leading scorer, averaging 14.1 pgg and 2.5 rpg. Brewer has put up double-digit point totals in the last three games, as the Timberwolves (9-10) have only won one of those three contests.
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzles
Calathes has played in the last four games for the Grizzlies but is only averaging 2.2 ppg and 2.5 apg. In the win over the Boston Celtics on Nov. 27, Calathes recorded a career-high seven assists and added four points. The Grizzlies are set to play the Clippers tomorrow at 8 p.m.
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Haslem has still been limited with the back injury he suffered and has only competed in one of the last four contests for the Heat. He played nine minutes on Nov. 29 versus Toronto and recorded two points and one rebound. The Heat will square off against the Bulls tomorrow at 9:30 p.m.
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Horford continues to lead in rebounds and blocks for the Hawks, averaging 7.9 rpg and 1.7 bpg. He is the second leading scorer on the team with 17.1 ppg. Horford collected his fifth double-double of the season on Nov. 29 against the Mavericks while putting up 17 points and 12 rebounds. Horford has scored double-digit points in every game this season. The Hawks will play the Clippers in Atlanta tonight at 8 p.m.
David Lee, Golden State Warriors
Lee has started in all 19 contests for the Warriors and is the team’s third-leading scorer with 17.0 ppg while also averaging 9.2 rpg. Lee collected his 8th double-double of the season on Nov. 29 in a loss to the Thunder.
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
Off of the bench, Miller is averaging 6.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.7 apg for the Grizzlies through 17 games. Miller went 3-for-5 from the field with eight points in a victory over the Celtics on Nov. 27.
Erik Murphy, Chicago Bulls
Murphy has now competed in seven contests for the Bulls, playing two minutes with one rebound in the victory over the Pistons on Nov. 27. Chicago has lost six of their last seven match-ups after losing star Derrick Rose for the season for the second-consecutive year.
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Noah has started all 16 games for the Bulls, and is currently second on the team in rebounding, averaging 8.4 rpg. Noah recorded his third double-double of the season on Monday night with 19 points and 10 boards in a losing effort versus the Pelicans.
Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets
Parsons is currently listed as day-to-day as he is experiencing back tightness and is a game-time decision against the Phoenix Suns tonight. Parsons did not play in a loss to the Jazz on Monday night. On Nov. 30, Parsons put up a season-high 25 points with five assists and three rebounds, as he is averaging 17.2 ppg.
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors
Speights has played in 19 games for the Warriors, averaging 3.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg. Golden State will play Chandler Parsons and the Rockets on Friday at 8 p.m.