October 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES - NBA training camps are underway this week, and 15 former UCLA standouts are represented on 11 different NBA rosters. The Los Angeles Clippers feature more Bruins than any other organization, with Darren Collison, Matt Barnes and Ryan Hollins. The Los Angeles Lakers (Jordan Farmar, Dan Gadzuric) and Minnesota Timberwolves (Kevin Love, Shabazz Muhammad) each have two UCLA players.
Earlier this week, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that All-Star guard Russell Westbrook will miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season after having undergone arthroscopic right knee surgery (Oct. 1). This is Westbrook’s second surgery on his right knee in the last five months. He will most likely miss the first regular-season game of his career when Oklahoma City begins its campaign Oct. 30 at Utah.
Not only have former UCLA standouts lined NBA rosters, but several Bruins are currently working as either coaches or NBA administrators. Kiki Vandeweghe serves as NBA Senior Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. Bob Myers begins his second full season as general manager of the Golden State Warriors. Gerald Madkins works for the Los Angeles Clippers as the organization’s Director of Basketball Operations. Michael Sanders serves as an assistant coach for the Utah Jazz.
Bruins in the NBA
6-5, Guard, Orlando Magic
Afflalo begins his seventh season in the NBA and his second year with the Orlando Magic. He missed the end of last year’s regular season with a strained right hamstring. Prior to his injury, he had started and played in 64 games for Orland (16.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.2 apg). In a six seasons in the NBA with Detroit (2007-09), Denver (2009-12) and Orlando, Afflalo has appeared in 426 games (287 starts) and averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. In three seasons at UCLA (2005-07), he completed his career ranking No. 19 on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,540 points, 14.7 ppg). He is currently tied for second place in three-point field goals (209) and stands as UCLA’s individual season record holder for most games played (tied for first with 39 in 2006), most three-point field goals (87 in 2007) and three-point attempts (tied for first with 232 in 2007). In 2007, he was a first-round draft pick (No. 27) by the Detroit Pistons.
6-8, Forward, Washington Wizards
Ariza embarks upon his 10th NBA season and his second with the Washington Wizards. Last season Ariza appeared in 56 games (15 starts) and averaged 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. From 2007-09, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, helping the team win the 2009 NBA title. During his nine-year pro career with New York (2004-06), Orlando (2005-07/2007-08), the L.A. Lakers (2007-08, 2008-09), Houston (2009-10), New Orleans (2010-12) and Orlando, Ariza has played in 555 games (254 starts) averaging 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals. He started as a freshman forward for UCLA in 2003-04 and was a second-round NBA Draft selection by the New York Knicks (No. 43) in 2004.
6-7, Forward, Los Angeles Clippers
Barnes will begin his 11th season in the NBA and his second consecutive year with the Los Angeles Clippers. One of three former UCLA standouts playing for the Clippers, Barnes averaged 10.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 80 games with the Clippers last year. This marks his second stint with the Clippers, having played for the franchise in 2003-04. In last season’s first round of the NBA Playoffs, Barnes totaled a game-high 30 points in 36 minutes in the team’s elimination Game 6 loss to Memphis. During his 10-year NBA career, Barnes has compete for Sacramento (2004-05), New York (2005-06), Philadelphia (2005-06), Golden State (2006-08), Phoenix (2008-09), Orlando (2009-10) and the Los Angeles Lakers (2010-12). He has played in 640 NBA games (181 starts), averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 rebound and 1.7 assists. In four seasons in Westwood (1999-2002), Barnes was a two-year starting forward. He helped lead UCLA to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a string of three straight “Sweet 16” trips. He was selected No. 46 overall in the second round by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2003 NBA Draft.
6-0, Guard, Los Angeles Clippers
Collison begins his fifth NBA season after having signed with the Los Angeles Clippers over the summer. Last season, he started the first half of the year with Dallas before coming off the bench in the second half. He averaged 12.0 points, 5.1 assists and 1.23 steals per game, playing in 81 contests (47 starts). In four seasons in the NBA, Collison has spent time with New Orleans (2009-10), Indiana (2010-12) and Dallas. Overall, he has played in 296 games (219 starts), averaging 12.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.1 steals. A three-year starter at UCLA and four-year letterwinner (2006-09), Collison played on three consecutive UCLA squads that advanced to the NCAA Final Four (2006-08). He ranks No. 2 on UCLA’s all-time steals list (231), is tied for second in total games played (142), ranks third in free throw percentage (.851, 349-410) and is fifth in assists (577). A two-time All-Pac-10 Conference selection, Collison was selected No. 21 overall in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft by New Orleans.
Larry Drew II
6-2, Guard, Miami Heat
Drew II signed with the two-time defending NBA Champions in September after having established UCLA’s single-season assists record (256) in 2012-13. As a senior last season, he started all 35 games for the Bruins and led the team to the Pac-12 regular-season title (7.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 7.3 apg, 1.4 spg). He played 1,243 minutes last season, the fourth-highest single-season minutes mark in school history. He earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was one of five players listed on the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team. His father, Larry Donnell Drew, played 10 seasons in the NBA and now serves as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.
6-2, Guard, Los Angeles Lakers
Farmar returns to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013-14 after having played for the organization for his first four years in the NBA. Farmar, who helped the Lakers win the 2009 and 2010 NBA Championships, left the NBA after the 2011-12 season and played briefly in Israel before finishing his overseas stint in Turkey with Anadolu Efes. He averaged 13.8 points and 3.9 assists per game in 29 Euroleague contests. During a six-year NBA career with the Lakers (2006-10) and New Jersey (2010-12), Farmar has played in 413 games (25 starts) and has averaged 7.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He started for UCLA during both of his collegiate campaigns (2004-05, 2005-06). He secured first-team All-Pac-10 Conference acclaim as a sophomore in 2005-06, helping lead UCLA to a then-school record 32 wins, a Pac-10 regular-season title and UCLA’s first appearance in the national title game since 1995. Farmar is married to UCLA women’s soccer alumna Jill Oakes.
6-11, Center, Los Angeles Lakers
Gadzuric has been invited to the Los Angeles Lakers’ training camp after having played in 2012-13 in Venezuela. Prior to his stint in South America, Gadzuric had played in the NBA for 10 seasons with Milwaukee (2002-10), Golden State (2010-11), New Jersey (2010-11) and and a very brief stint with the New York Knicks at the end of 2011-12. A four-year letterwinner at UCLA from 1999-2002, Gadzuric has played in 527 career NBA games (163 starts), averaging 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds. He ranks second in UCLA’s all-time blocked shots list (184) and is the program’s No. 8 rebounder (896, 7.8 rpg). While in Westwood, Gadzuric helped UCLA advance to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, including three straight trips to the “Sweet 16” in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He was a second-round NBA Draft selection, No. 34 overall, by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2002.
6-4, Guard, New Orleans Pelicans
Holiday prepares for his fifth NBA season and his first with New Orleans. He competed for the Philadelphia 76ers during his first four years in the league after being selected by the organization as the No. 17 overall pick in 2009. Last season, Holiday started 78 games and was Philadelphia’s leader in minutes, points (career-high 17.2 ppg) and assists (career-high 8.0 apg). He appeared in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game and participated in July 2013 with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas. Through four seasons in Philadelphia, Holiday averaged 13.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.4 steals. He served as a starting gurad during his freshman season at UCLA (2008-09), leading the Bruins to a 26-9 overall record and second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Last July, Holiday married Lauren Cheney, a UCLA women’s soccer star alumna now playing for the U. S. squad.
7-0, Center, Los Angeles Clippers
Entering his eighth NBA season and second year with the Los Angeles Clippers, Ryan Hollins appeared in 60 games last season with averages of 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Prior to his time with the Clippers, Hollins has competed with with Charlotte (2006-09), Dallas (2009), Minnesota (2009-10), Cleveland (2010-12) and Boston (2012), appearing in 374 games (55 starts) and averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. He was UCLA’s starting center as a freshman (2002-03), sophomore (2003-04) and senior (2005-06). During UCLA’s run to the 2006 NCAA Championship game, Hollins was named the NCAA West Regional’s Most Outstanding Player, scoring 12 points in UCLA’s historic, 73-71 comeback win against Gonzaga. He registered 14 points and nine rebounds in UCLA’s 50-45 victory against Memphis in the Elite Eight. In the 2006 NBA Draft, he was selected in the second round by Charlotte as the No. 50 overall pick.
6-5, Guard, Phoenix Suns
Lee is set for his third NBA season, having spent the first two years with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In 2012-13, he started 12 of Minnesota’s first 16 games but was unable to play after Dec. 12 due to a right knee injury. He had surgery on his right knee on Jan. 14 and underwent a procedure on his right hip two days later, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season. Prior to the injuries, Lee had averaged 4.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. In two seasons with the Timberwolves, he played in 35 games (12 starts) and averaged 4.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists. A three-year guard with the Bruins (2009-11), Lee helped lead the team to the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. UCLA went 23-11 that season, finishing second in the Pac-10 standings with a 13-5 conference mark. He was selected No. 43 overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2011 NBA Draft.
6-10, Forward/Center, Minnesota Timberwolves
The No. 5 overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft, Kevin Love begins his sixth NBA season with Minnesota this fall. Love missed most of the 2012-13 season with a broken right hand that required surgery. He also underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Love played in 18 games last season, averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game. He competed in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game and helped Team USA win the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In 2013, he announced that he will compete for the USA Basketball National Team through 2016 and intends to participate in next year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain (Aug. 30 through Sept. 14). In five seasons with the Timberwolves, Love has averaged 17.3 points, 12.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 287 contests (205 starts). As a freshman at UCLA in 2007-08, he guided the Bruins to their third consecutive NCAA Final Four and an overall record of 35-4.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
6-8, Forward, Sacramento Kings
After playing his first five NBA seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is set for his first campaign with the Sacramento Kings in 2013-14. Last season, Mbah a Moute missed the first month of the regular season while rehabbing his right knee (had surgery in the offseason). He returned from the injury and become one of Milwaukee’s most consistent players, starting 45 of 58 contests and averaging 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. In five seasons, Mbah a Moute has played in 335 games (232 starts), averaging 6.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. He was a three-year starting forward for UCLA from 2006-08, helping guide the Bruins to the NCAA Final Four all three years. Mbah a Moute ranks No. 15 on UCLA’s all-time rebounds list. His 39 games played in 2006 are tied for first on UCLA’s single-season list. He was drafted No. 37 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2008 NBA Draft.
6-6, Guard/Forward, Minnesota Timberwolves
Muhammad begins his rookie season with Minnesota in 2013-14, months after having led UCLA to its third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years. Last year, Muhammad led UCLA with 17.9 points per game and was tied for second on the team with 5.2 rebounds per game. The swingman from Las Vegas was selected as one of five players in the country named to the 2013 Lute Olson All-America squad. He became UCLA’s first player selected in the NBA Draft’s first round since 2009, when the Utah Jazz drafted him No. 14 overall (before trading him to Minnesota). Muhammad represents the 109th UCLA player selected in the history of the NBA Draft (dating back to 1948).
6-1, Guard, Portland Trail Blazers
Watson embarks upon his 13th season in the NBA, his first year competing with Portland. He spent the last three seasons with the Utah Jazz. Over 12 seasons, Watson has appeared in 854 games (227 starts), averaging 6.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He returned from a knee injury midway through the 2012-13 season and played in 48 games, posting averages of 2.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. His NBA career has included stops in Seattle (2001-02, 2005-08), Memphis (2002-05), Denver (2005-06), Oklahoma City (2008-09), Indiana (2009-10) and Utah. In four seasons as a starting guard at UCLA (1998-2001), Watson became the school’s No. 23 all-time scorer (1,449 points, 11.2 ppg). He is the school’s record holder for most career steals (235) and most minutes played (4,371). He helped lead UCLA to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons along with eventual NBA players Matt Barnes and Dan Gadzuric. He was a second-round NBA Draft selection by Seattle in 2001 (No. 40 overall).
6-3, Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder
Westbrook looks ahead to his sixth season in the NBA, all with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last season, he averaged 23.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 82 games prior to a season-ending knee injury. In five seasons with the Thunder, Westbrook has played in 394 games (376 starts), averaging 19.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.6 steals. He has been a starter throughout his NBA career except for the first 17 games at the start of his rookie season (2008-09). A three-time NBA All-Star, Westbrook helped Team USA win the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. As a sophomore, he helped lead UCLA to its third consecutive NCAA Final Four and a 35-4 overall record. He was the No. 4 overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics.