Feb. 8, 2013
As the NBA enters its third month of regular season completion, two UCLA alumni continue to shine in the NBA. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jrue Holiday (Eastern Conference squad) were selected to play in the 2013 NBA All-Star game. This will be Westbrook's second consecutive appearance in the All-Star contest and Holiday, at 22 years old, is the youngest All-Star participant in 76ers history. The 62nd annual NBA All-Star game will take place Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
Westbrook and Holiday are also among the leaders in this week's NBA statistics. Westbrook (48 games) is No. 4 in steals (1.92spg), No. 5 in assists (8.2apg) and points/rebounds/assists average (22.6ppg +5.3rpg+8.2apg=36.2avg.) and No. 7 in scoring (22.6ppg).
Holiday (43 games) is No. 4 in assists (9.0apg), No. 8 in minutes (38.5mpg), No. 10 in points/rebounds/assists/average (19.3ppg+4.2rpg+9.0apg=32.4avg) and No. 13 in scoring (19.3ppg).
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 43 games and leads the Magic in points (16.7ppg) and minutes played (36.7mpg, No. 20 in the NBA) and is averaging 3.8rpg and 3.0apg. Afflalo has not played since Jan. 27 because of a strained left calf. In January he scored in double figures nine of 12 games, including a season-high tying 30 points on Jan. 12. Orlando is currently in third-place (14-34) in the Eastern Conference Southeast Division and the Magic have lost their last 10 games.
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. Ariza has been coming off the bench for the Wizards and has appeared in 30 games, averaging 23.8mpg, 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg and a team-leading 1.50spg. Washington is in fourth-place (12-35) 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 48 games (starting twice), with a career-high average of 10.6 points (No. 4 on the team), and 26.0mpg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.13spg. In January Barnes scored in double figures in 11 of 16 games, including scoring 19 points twice. On Feb. 1, Barnes was suspended from the Clippers 98-73 loss at Toronto, for his physical altercation with Minnesota center Greg Stiemsma on Jan. 30 when the Clippers lost at Minnesota, 96-90. The Clippers late last year had a 17-game winning streak but are 3-7 in their last 10 games because of injuries to key players. The Clippers are still in first-place (34-16) in the Western Conference Pacific Division.
Darren Collison G, Dallas Mavericks - in his fourth NBA season and first with Dallas, is a regular starter for the Mavericks, starting 36 of 47 games, and averaging 31.1mpg (No. 2 on the squad), a team-leading 5.2apg and 1.47spg, and 12.8ppg (No. 3 on the team). In January he scored in double figures 13 of 15 contests, including games of 22 and 23 points. Dallas is currently in fourth-place (20-28) in the Western Conference Southwest Division.
Jrue Holiday, G, Philadelphia 76ers - in his fourth NBA season, all with Philadelphia, Holiday has started 43 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 19.3ppg) and assists (career-best 9.0apg), with 4.2rpg and 1.47spg (No. 2 on the team). In January he scored in double figures 13 of 14 games, including a career-high 35 points and four additional contests of 26 or more points. Philadelphia is in fourth-place (21-26) 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 32 games (seven contests during January), averaging 8.8mpg, 1.8rpg and 2.4ppg.
Malcolm Lee, G, Minnesota Timberwolves - in his second NBA season with Minnesota, Lee started 12 of the Timberwolves first 16 games, but had not played since Dec. 12 because of a hyperextended right knee. 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 (18-27) 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, reinjured his right hand on Jan. 3, underwent surgery on Jan. 15 and is 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, had started 18 games for the Timberwolves, with a team-leading 34.3mpg, 18.3ppg (No. 20 in the NBA) and 14.0rpg (No. 2 in the NBA).
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. But he has returned from the injury to become one of the Bucks' most consistent players, starting 27 of 32 contests and averaging 23.8mpg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg and 7.5ppg. In January his statistical category highs were 11 points and nine rebounds. Milwaukee is in third-place (25-21) in the Eastern Conference Central Division.
Earl Watson, G, Utah Jazz - in his 12th NBA season and third with Utah, Watson, who had right knee injury at the end of last season that required surgery, missed the first month of the regular season. But he has returned from the injury to be a solid contributor off the bench, appearing in 32 games and averaging 17.8mpg, 4.2apg (No. 3 on the team), 1.8rpg and 2.0ppg. In January, he appeared in 14 games, with statistical bests of seven points, nine rebounds and a season-high nine assists on two occasions. The Jazz are in third-place (27-22) 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 48 games for the Thunder. In team statistics, he leads Oklahoma City in assists (8.2apg) and steals (1.9spg), second in minutes played (36.1mpg) and scoring (22.6ppg) and averaging 5.3rpg (No. 4 on the team). One of the NBA's leading scorers, in January Westbrook scored in double figures all 16 games, including 11 contests of 21 or more points and four consecutive games of 31 or more points scored. Twice he equaled his season-best of 36 points. On four occasions he had double-digit assists, including a season-best 14 assists. Oklahoma City is in first-place (36-12, second-most wins in the NBA) in the Western Conference Northwest Division.