Nov. 2, 2001
The 2001-02 NBA season started on Tuesday (Oct. 30) with eight former UCLA players on team rosters.
Leading the Bruin contingent is NBA veteran Reggie Miller, entering his 15th year with the Indiana Pacers. Joining Miller in the NBA are seven other Bruins - Mitchell Butler, Portland Trail Blazers (seventh year in the NBA), Baron Davis, Charlotte Hornets (third year in the NBA), Jelani McCoy (Los Angeles Lakers, fourth year in the NBA), Darrick Martin, Dallas Mavericks (eighth year in the NBA), Jerome Moiso, Charlotte Hornets (second year in the NBA), Tracy Murray, Toronto Raptors (10th year in the NBA) and Earl Watson, in his rookie season with the Seattle Supersonics.
During the preseason fall camps, the Bruins had two others players on NBA rosters - Don MacLean, who was traded by the Miami Heat to the Toronto Raptors and then released, along with JaRon Rush, who was released by the Seattle Supersonics. MacLean has had a nine-year NBA career. This week Rush was drafted by the Roanoke, VA Dazzle, a team in the newly formed National Basketball Development League.
UCLA's eight players in the NBA are No. 5 on the chart of schools with players in the NBA for the 2001-02 season. Leading the pack is North Carolina, with 13 players, including unretired Michael Jordan with the Washington Wizards, followed by Arizona (11), Kentucky and Duke, each with 10, Michigan State (9) and UCLA, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, UConn and Michigan, all with eight.