As the NBA enters its third month of regular season competition, several Bruins are listed high among statistical leaders and in on-going NBA All-Star balloting.
Through Jan. 13, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was the league’s fourth-leading scorer (25.5 ppg) and ranked second in rebounds (13.1 rpg) in addition to being the league’s leader in double-doubles (31).
In the ongoing NBA All-Star voting (the last ballot announcement was Dec. 26) in the Western Conference, Love was the fourth-highest (377,941) frontcourt vote receiver and in the backcourt Westbrook ranked sixth (216,070). The 63rd NBA All-Star game will take place in New Orleans on Feb. 16.
UCLA remains one of five collegiate programs with double-digit representation in the NBA – Kentucky (22), Kansas (14) and UCLA, Connecticut and Florida, each with 12.
Arron Afflalo (Orlando Magic)
Now in his seventh year in the NBA and second season with Orlando, Afflalo has started 33 games and is the team’s leading scorer (20.9 ppg) and also averaging 37.6 mpg, 4.5 rpg and 4.0 spg. After scoring nine points in Orlando’s first game on Oct. 29, Afflalo has a 32-consecutive game double-digit scoring streak.
Trevor Ariza (Washington Wizards)
Ariza is in his 10th NBA season, his second with Washington. A starter at both guard and forward since the beginning of the season (started 26 games), Ariza is the Wizards’ third leading scorer (14.4 ppg) with averages of 34.2 mpg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.9 spg. He scored a season-best 28 points on Oct. 30 and has four double-doubles (points-rebounds).
Matt Barnes (Los Angeles Clippers)
Currently in his 11th season in the NBA, Barnes has had his season interrupted because of a bruised right thigh and a torn retina in his left eye. He has appeared in 18 games, averaging 20.9 mpg, 6.5 ppg and 1.6 rpg. The Clippers are in first-place (26-13) in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division.
Darren Collison (Los Angeles Clippers)
In his fifth NBA season and his first year with the L.A. Clippers, Collison has become the team’s starting point guard after Chris Paul suffered an injury. When the Clippers defeated Orlando, 101-81, on Jan. 6, he registered a season-high 21 points with seven assists. He has appeared in 37 games (three starts), averaging 19.8 mpg, 9.0 ppg, 2.3 apg and 1.1 spg.
Jordan Farmar (Los Angeles Lakers)
Now in his seventh NBA season and his second stint with the L.A. Lakers, Farmar has had an opportunity to start for the organization. He has been batting injuries to his hamstring, with the latest setback occurring earlier this month. Prior to his second hamstring tear, Farmar had played in 22 games (including four starts), averaging 8.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 4.7 apg in 20.7 mpg. In 2012-13, Farmar left the NBA after six years to briefly play in Israel, then finished the season with Turkey club Anadolu Efes.
Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans)
Currently in his fifth NBA season, his first with New Orleans, Holiday has started every game for New Orleans and is the team’s No. 4 scorer (14.8 ppg). He leads New Orleans with 8.1 assists per game and 1.6 steals per game. When New Orleans defeated Portland on Dec. 30, Holiday had a season-high 31 points and 13 assists. For the season, he has nine double-doubles (points-assists). On Jan. 10 it was announced that Holiday will be sidelined indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right tibia.
Ryan Hollins (Los Angeles Clippers)
Hollins is currently in his eighth NBA season and second with the L.A. Clippers. He has appeared in 31 games, averaging 8.8 mpg, 2.4 ppg and 1.7 rpg. During his NBA career, he has played with Charlotte (2006-09), Dallas (2009), Minnesota (2009-10), Cleveland (2010-12), Boston (2012) and the Clippers.
Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Now in his sixth NBA season with Minnesota, Love has started 33 games and is Minnesota’s team-leader in points (25.5 ppg), rebounds (13.1 rpg) and minutes played (36.4 mpg). With 31 double-doubles (points-rebounds), he has scored 30 or more points 10 times, with highs of 45 and 42 points. Love missed most of 2012-13 with a broken right hand that required surgery and also had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Mbah a Moute is now in his sixth NBA season and his first with Minnesota. The three-year UCLA standout began this season playing for the Sacramento Kings before being traded to Minnesota in late November. He has missed the last few games with a strained left groin. Mbah a Moute has appeared in 15 games (one start) for the Timberwolves, averaging 17.7 mpg, 4.0 ppg and 3.4 rpg.
Shabazz Muhammad (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Muhammad began his rookie season with Minnesota this year and briefly spent a stint competing for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. As a true freshman for the Bruins last season, he led UCLA to a 25-10 overall record and a Pac-12 regular-season title. Muhammad led UCLA in scoring (17.9 ppg) and was tied for second in rebounding (5.2 rpg). He secured first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was named the conference’s Co-Freshman of the Year, along with Arizona State’s Jahii Carson.
Earl Watson (Portland Trail Blazers)
Now in his 13th NBA season, his first year with Portland, Watson has provided a strong veteran presence for the Trail Blazers. While averaging 1.1 assists per game (in 6.1 minutes per contest), Watson has helped Portland start the season 28-9 (second place overall in the Western Conference). For the last three seasons, Watson competed with the Utah Jazz. His NBA career has also featured stops with Seattle, Memphis, Denver, Oklahoma City and Indiana.
Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Westbrook is midway through his sixth season in the NBA. Among the league’s top guards, his playing time since April 2013 has been hampered by a right knee injury that has required three surgeries. He initially injured his knee on April 24, 2013, in the first round of the NBA playoffs. That injury required surgery to repair a torn meniscus on April 27. His right knee began swelling during fall training camp. He had arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 1 and was scheduled to miss the first four-to-six weeks of the regular season. He returned to action sooner than expected, started 25 games, was the Thunder’s second-leading scorer (21.3 ppg) and team leader in assists (7.0 apg) and steals (1.8 spg).