Dec. 30, 2012
As the second month of the 2012-13 NBA season comes to a completion, the leaders among UCLA's 11 alumni players in the league entering the weekend of Dec. 28-30 have been Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday.
Through NBA stats of Dec. 27, Westbrook (28 games) is the league's No. 7 scorer (21.2ppg), No. 4 in assists (apg), No. 5 in steals (2.11spg), No. 12 (tied) in double-doubles (13) and 20th in minutes played (36.6mpg).
Love (15 games), who missed most of the first month of the season after suffering a broken right shooting hand in a pre-practice workout on Oct. 17, is No. 2 in rebounding (13.8rpg), No. 14 in scoring (18.8ppg) and No. 19 (tied) in double-doubles (11).
Holiday (25 games) is No. 3 in assists (8.8apg), No. 7 in minutes played (38.3mpg) and No. 20 scoring (18.1ppg).
On Dec. 27, the second round of the NBA All-Star voting was released and the Bruins have three alumni on the ballot - Eastern Conference Backcourt (Holiday, eighth with 56,683 votes); Western Conference Frontcourt (Love, sixth with 189,949 votes) and Western Conference Backcourt (Westbrook, fifth with 232,074 votes) - both Westbrook and Love played in the 2012 NBA All-Star game. Fans can vote for the 2013 NBA All-Star game participants by going to allstarballot.nba.com. 2013 NBA All-Star voting will conclude on Jan. 14, with team members announced on Jan. 17. The 62nd annual NBA All-Star game will take place Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
Here's the alphabetical list of UCLA's 11 current alumni players on NBA rosters:
Arron Afflalo, G, Orlando Magic - in his sixth NBA season and first with Orlando, has started all 28 games and leads the Magic in points (16.4ppg) and minutes played (35.9mpg) and is averaging 3.8rpg and 2.7apg. He has scored in double figures 25 of 28 games, including 13 consecutive double scoring contests. His season-high is 30 points vs. the Lakers at the Staples Center on Dec. 2 when the Magic beat the Lakers, 113-103. Orlando is currently in third-place (12-16) in the Eastern Conference Southeast Division.
Trevor Ariza, F, Washington Wizards - in his ninth NBA season and first with Washington, started 11 of Washington's first 13 games, but has not played since Dec. 4 because of a strained left calf. Ariza did start 13 of Washington's first 15 games, and he's averaging 25.1mpg, 8.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.1apg and his team-leading 1.8 steals per game is No. 9 in current NBA statistical rankings. Washington is in last place (3-23) in the Eastern Conference Southeast Division.
Matt Barnes, F, Los Angeles Clippers - in his 10th NBA season and in his second stint with the Clippers, Barnes is on the hottest team in the NBA. The Clippers have the league's best record (23-6, first-place in the Western Conference Pacific Division), with a franchise record and NBA best 15 consecutive wins. Barnes, one of the team leaders off the bench, has appeared in 28 games (one start) and is No. 4 on the Clippers in minutes played (25.6mpg), points (11.0ppg) and rebounds (5.0rpg), while also averaging 1.4apg and 1.32spg. He has scored in double figures 18 times, including nine straight contests. In his last two games he has scored 20 and 21 points, his game and season-high tying 21 points led the Clippers to a 106-77 victory over Boston on Dec. 27 at the Staples Center.
Darren Collison G, Dallas Mavericks - in his fourth NBA season and first with Dallas, started Dallas' first 14 of 15 games but suffered a sprained right middle finger. He has now appeared in 28 contests, starting 17 and Collison leads Dallas in assists (5.0apg) and steals (1.50spg), second in minutes played (30.3mpg) and third in scoring (12.5ppg). On Dec. 27, when Dallas lost at Oklahoma City, 111-105 (OT), Collison started for the Mavericks and played 40 minutes, with a season-best and team-high 32 points. Dallas is currently in fourth-place (12-17) in the Western Conference Southwest Division.
Jrue Holiday, G, Philadelphia 76ers - in his fourth NBA season, all with the Sixers, Holiday has started 25 of the 76ers 29 games, from Dec. 12-21 he missed four contests with a sprained left foot. A statistical leader for Philadelphia, Holiday leads the 76ers in minutes played (38.3ppg), assists (8.8apg) and points (18.1ppg), and is also averaging 4.0rpg and 1.32spg. He has scored in double figures in 24 of 25 games, including the last 12 contests. Philadelphia is in fourth-place (14-15) in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division.
Ryan Hollins, C, Los Angeles Clippers - in his seventh NBA season and with Bruin alumni Matt Barnes, they have joined to help lead the Clippers to the best record (23-6) in the NBA and a franchise-best 15-game winning streak. Hollins has come off the bench in 23 of the Clippers 29 games, averaging 10.9mpg, 2.9ppg and 2.2rpg.
Malcolm Lee, G, Minnesota Timberwolves - in his second NBA season with Minnesota, Lee started 12 of the Timberwolves first 16 games, but has not played since Dec. 12 because of a hyperextended right knee. Before the injury, he was averaging 18.1mpg, 4.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg. The Timberwolves are in fourth-place (13-13) in the Western Conference Northwest Division.
Kevin Love, F, Minnesota Timberwolves - in his fifth NBA season with Minnesota, who missed most of the first month of the season with a broken right hand. He has started all 15 games that he has played for the Timberwolves and is the team leader in points (18.8ppg) and rebounds (13.80rpg), and also averaging 34.9mpg and 2.4apg. In his last nine games, Love has five double-doubles, including three of his last four contests. On Dec. 7, when Minnesota defeated Cleveland, 91-73, Love had a season-best 36 points with 13 rebounds.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, F, Milwaukee Bucks - in his fifth NBA season, all with Milwaukee, Mbah a Moute missed the first month of the season because of off-season right knee surgery and rehabilitation. He has started eight of the last 13 games for the Bucks, averaging 25.1mpg, 9.1ppg, 5.30rpg and 1.8apg. He has scored in double figures on five occasions, with one double-double (10 points/10 rebounds on Dec. 10) and on Dec. 21 when the Bucks beat Boston, 99-94, Mbah a Moute scored a season-best 20 points. Milwaukee is in second-place (15-12) in the Eastern Conference Central Division.
Earl Watson, G, Utah Jazz - in his 12th NBA season and third with Utah, Watson, who had a right knee injury at the end of last season that required surgery, missed the first month of the regular season. He appeared in his first game on Nov. 23. He's now played in 15 contests and is averaging 15.8mpg, 2.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. The Jazz are in fifth-place (15-15) in the Western Conference Northwest Division.
Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder - in his fifth NBA season, all with Oklahoma City, Westbrook has started all 28 games for the Thunder. In team statistics, he leads Oklahoma City in assists (8.7apg) and steals (2.1spg), second in minutes played (36.6mpg) and scoring (21.2ppg) and averaging 5.1rpg. Westbrook helped lead Oklahoma City to a 12-game winning streak that ended on Dec. 20. One of the NBA's leading scorers, Westbrook has scored in double figures all 28 games, with 20 or more points on 15 occasions and 30 or more six times (season-high tying 33 points on Dec. 7). His 13 double-doubles include nine in points/rebounds and four in points/assists. In his last four games he has had four consecutive double-doubles, two in points/rebounds and two in points/assists. His season-high in rebounds is 13 on Nov. 30 and in assists, 13/twice. Oklahoma City is in first-place (22-6, tied for second-most wins in the NBA) in the Western Conference Northwest Division.