March 7, 2013
As the NBA enters its fourth month of regular season competition, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jrue Holiday continue to dominate the league statistics among Bruins in the NBA.
Entering this week's games, Westbrook was the league's No. 7 scorer (23.3ppg) and No. 5 in assists (7.8apg), and Holiday was the No. 12 scorer (19.1ppg) and No. 4 (8.6apg) in assists.
Both were selected to play in the 62nd annual NBA All-Star game on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX, the West defeated the East 143-138. Westbrook helped lead the West to victory, playing 18 minutes with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. Holiday, playing for the East squad, played 15 minutes with six points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist. It was Westbrook's second consecutive appearance in the All-Star contest, and Holiday, at 22 years old, was the youngest All-Star participant in 76ers history.
The 2013 NBA regular season will conclude in mid-April with the top eight teams in each conference participating in the NBA Playoffs.
Here is 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. Afflalo has started and played in 56 games and leads the Magic in points (16.8ppg) and minutes played (36.5mpg) and is averaging 3.9rpg and 3.3apg. Afflalo returned to action on Feb. 8 after sitting out since Jan. 27 with a strained left calf. Since returning on Feb. 8, Afflalo has scored in double figures 12 of 13 games, including 10 consecutive, with a best of 26 points on March 4 when the Magic won at New Orleans, 105-102. Orlando is currently in fourth-place (17-45, 2-8 in last 10 games) in the Eastern Conference Southeast Division.
Trevor Ariza, F, Washington Wizards - in his ninth NBA season and first with Washington. Ariza started 13 of Washington's first 15 games, but missed over a month of playing time (Dec. 4-Jan. 7) also with a strained left calf. Since returning from the injury, Ariza has been coming off the bench for the Wizards and has appeared in 42 games (14 starts), averaging 25.8mpg, 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg and a team-leading 1.4spg. He's scored in double figures three of the last four games and on Feb. 27, when the Wizards lost to Detroit, 96-95, Ariza scored a season-high 22 points. Washington is in fourth-place (19-40, 5-5 in last 10 games) in the Eastern Conference Southeast Division.
Matt Barnes, F, Los Angeles Clippers - in his 10th NBA season and his second stint with the Clippers. Barnes has been one of the Clippers' top players off the bench, appearing in 61 games (three starts), with a career-high average of 10.5 points (No. 4 on the team), and 25.9mpg, 4.5rpg (No. 2 on the team), 1.6apg and 1.0spg. On March 6, when the Clippers beat Milwaukee 117-101 at the Staples Center, Barnes contributed 20 points, his fourth game this season of 20 or more points. The Clippers, with a 17-game win streak late last year, are in first-place (44-19, 8-2 last 10 games, 44 wins is tied for third-best in the NBA) in the Western Conference Pacific Division.
Darren Collison G, Dallas Mavericks - in his fourth NBA season and first with Dallas. He is a regular starter for the Mavericks, starting 47 of 59 games, and averaging 30.7 mpg (No. 3 on the squad), a team-leading 5.3apg and 1.4spg and 12.3ppg (No. 3 on the team). Collison's .899 (170-189) free throw percentage is a team-leader and No. 5 in the NBA. On Feb. 26 when the Mavericks lost to Milwaukee, 95-90, Collison had a strong performance, contributing 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Dallas is currently in fourth-place (27-33, 5-5 last 10 games) in the Western Conference Southwest Division.
Jrue Holiday, G, Philadelphia 76ers - in his fourth NBA season, all with Philadelphia. Holiday has started 56 games (Dec. 12-21 he missed four contests with a sprained left foot), and is the 76ers' leader in minutes (38.5mpg), points (career-best 19.0ppg) and assists (career-best 8.6apg), with 4.2rpg and 1.5spg (No. 2 on the team). Through February/March, Holiday has scored in double figures 14 of 15 games, including five consecutive, with four double-double (points-assists) contests. In the 76ers last two games, he has had two consecutive double-doubles (March 5-Boston 109, Philadelphia 101, 18 points-10 assists; March 6 - at Atlanta 107, Philadelphia 96, 11 points-12 assists). Philadelphia is in fifth-place (23-37, 1-9 last 10 games) in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division.
Ryan Hollins, C, Los Angeles Clippers - in his seventh NBA season and first year with the Clippers. Hollins comes off the bench for the Clippers and has appeared in 43 games, averaging 9.6mpg, 2.2rpg and 2.8ppg. Through February/March, Hollins has played in 12 games and on Feb. 6, when the Clippers won at Orlando, 86-76, Hollins had season-highs in minutes (24), rebounds (eight) and points (13) and also shot 5-6 from the field, 3-3 from the foul line and contributed one assist and two blocked shots.
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 right knee injury. On Jan. 14 Lee had surgery on his right knee and on Jan. 16 surgery on his right hip. He is expected to miss the remainder of the 2013 season. Before the injury, he was averaging 18.1mpg, 4.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg. The Timberwolves are in fifth-place (21-37, 3-7 last 10 games) in the Western Conference Northwest Division.
Kevin Love, F, Minnesota Timberwolves - in his fifth NBA season with Minnesota. Love missed most of the first month of the season with a broken right hand. He reinjured his right hand on Jan. 3, underwent surgery on Jan. 15 and was expected to miss the next 8-10 weeks of the season. Love, who appeared in last year's All-Star game and won a Gold Medal with the U. S. team at the 2012 London Games, has started 18 games for the Timberwolves, with a team-leading 34.3mpg, 18.3ppg (No. 20 in the NBA) and 14.0rpg (NBA leader).
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, F, Milwaukee Bucks - in his fifth NBA season, all with Milwaukee. Mbah a Moute missed the first month of NBA play because of off-season right knee surgery and rehabilitation. But he has returned from the injury to become one of the Bucks' most consistent players, starting 39 of 44 contests and averaging 24.4mpg, 4.9rpg (No. 3 on the team), 1.1apg and 7.5ppg. In February/March, Mbah a Moute had four double figure scoring games and on March 2 when the Bucks beat Toronto, 122-114, he contributed 10 points, five rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes. Milwaukee is in third-place (30-29, 5-5 in last 10 games) in the Eastern Conference Central Division.
Earl Watson, G, Utah Jazz - in his 12th NBA season and third with Utah. Watson had a right knee injury at the end of last season that required surgery and missed the first month of the current NBA regular season. But he has returned from the injury to be a solid contributor off the bench and in late February moved back into the Jazz starting lineup. He has appeared in 42 games (four starts) and is averaging 18.1mpg, 4.1apg (No. 3 on the team), 1.9rpg and 2.0ppg. Through February/March, Watson had statistical highs of 24 minutes, eight assists, six points, five rebounds and three assists. The Jazz are in third-place (32-29, 4-6 last 10 games) in the Western Conference Northwest Division.
Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder - in his fifth NBA season, all with Oklahoma City and last summer he won a Gold Medal with the U. S. team at the London Olympics. Westbrook has started all 60 games for the Thunder and currently has the longest active games played streak in the NBA (372 games). In team statistics, he leads Oklahoma City in assists (7.8apg) and steals (1.8spg), second in minutes played (35.7mpg) and scoring (23.6ppg) and averaging 5.3rpg (No. 4 on the team). One of the NBA's leading scorers, in February/March Westbrook scored in double figures every game (14 games) and in 13 contests scored 22 or more points, including four double-doubles (points/rebounds and assists). In three of his last six games he's scored 37 or more points. On March 1, when the Thunder lost at Denver, 105-103, Westbrook scored a season best 38 points, with six rebounds, five assists and two steals in 38 minutes. Oklahoma City is in first-place (44-16, 6-4 last 10 games, 44 wins is tied for third-best in the NBA) in the Western Conference Northwest Division.