October 31, 2013
As the NBA’s 2013-14 regular season begins this week, 12 former UCLA players are on rosters of nine different teams. Two squads, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, each have multiple Bruins on their rosters.
The Clippers feature three former UCLA players in 6-foot-7 forward Matt Barnes, 6-foot guard Darren Collison and 7-foot center Ryan Hollins. Minnesota’s roster includes 6-foot-10 forward Kevin Love and 6-foot-6 swingman Shabazz Muhammad
Several of UCLA’s former standouts have had spectacular efforts during the league’s opening week. Most notably, Love helped lead Minnesota to a 120-115 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night, totaling 31 points and 17 rebounds. The Magic were led by Arron Afflalo’s 28 points and nine rebounds.
Former UCLA guard Jordan Farmar has returned to the Los Angeles Lakers after spending two years playing internationally. Farmar logged 16 points off the bench in the Lakers’ season-opening win on Monday night.
Guard Jrue Holiday, who started for UCLA as a freshman in 2008-09, logged 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists in New Orleans’ season-opening loss to Indiana. Forward Trevor Ariza scored a game-high 28 points in Washington’s first game of the season on Wednesday, a 113-102 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
Below is a list of UCLA’s 12 former players currently competing in the NBA as the league opens its first week of action.
Guard, Orlando Magic
Afflalo scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the team’s season-opening loss on Oct. 30. He enters his seventh year in the league and started seven preseason games for the Magic this fall, logging 9.4 points and 2.0 rebounds in 22.1 minutes per game. Afflalo missed the end of last year’s regular season with a strained right hamstring. Prior to the injury, he had started and palyedd in 64 games for Orlando, averaging 16.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
Forward, Washington Wizards
Ariza scored a game-high 28 points in Washington’s season-opening loss on Oct. 30. He begins his 10th NBA season, his second with the Wizards. Washington went 2-5 in preseason games, and Ariza averaged 8.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in those contests. He played in 56 games last year and averaged 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Forward, Los Angeles Clippers
One of three former UCLA players competing for the Clippers, Barnes enters his 11th NBA season and his second consecutive year with the Clippers. He missed the majority of the preseason with a sore left calf and played in one contest. Last year, Barnes played in 80 games (four starts) and averaged 10.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He is now in his second stint playing with the Clippers after having competed for them in 2003-04.
Guard, Los Angeles Clippers
Collison begins his fifth season in the NBA after having excelled for four seasons at UCLA (2006-09). During the exhibition season, he played in seven games and averaged 16.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists. With the Dallas Mavericks last season, Collison started 47 of 81 games and averaged 12.0 points, 5.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game. In four seasons in the NBA, Collison has averaged 12.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
Guard, Los Angeles Lakers
Farmar enters his seventh NBA season and embarks upon his second stint with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013-14. He missed a portion of the preseason nursing a strained right calf, averaging 13.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in four contests. Farmar left the NBA to briefly play in Israel and Turkey last season. He averaged 13.8 points per game with Anadolu Efes in Turkey before signing with the Lakers in the summer of 2013. In six previous NBA seasons, Farmar has averaged 7.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 413 games.
Guard, New Orleans Pelicans
Holiday totaled 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists in his first game with New Orleans on Oct. 30. The former UCLA starting guard enters his fifth NBA season and his first with New Orleans. During the exhibition season, he started all eight games and averaged 11.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and a team-leading 6.1 assists per game. He spent his first four NBA seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. Last season, he led the 76ers in points per game (17.2) and assists per game (8.0).
Center, Los Angeles Clippers
Hollins begins his eighth season in the NBA and his second year with the Clippers in 2013-14. During the preseason, Hollins averaged 2.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in all eight games. Last season, he played in 60 games for the Clippers and logged 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Hollins helped lead UCLA to the NCAA title contest in 2006 during his senior season.
Forward, Minnesota Timberwolves
Love had one of the league’s most impressive opening-week performances on Oct. 30, logging 31 points and 17 rebounds in an 120-115 overtime win against Orlando. He enters his sixth NBA season (all with Minneosta). Love started all seven preseason contests for the Timberwolves, registering team highs with 17.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in 24.3 minutes per game. Love missed most of the 2012-13 season with a broken right hand that required surgery and he also had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He played in 18 games last year, averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
Forward, Sacramento Kings
Mbah a Moute enters his sixth season in the NBA, his first with Sacramento after having competed for the Milwaukee Bucks the last five years. Mbah a Moute was limited to just two preseason games due to a sore right knee. Last year with Milwaukee, he missed the first month of the regular season before starting 45 of 58 contests and averaging 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Through five NBA seasons, he has registered 6.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in 335 contests (232 starts).
Guard/Forward, Minnesota Timberwolves
Muhammad enters his first season in the NBA, joining former UCLA standout Kevin Love on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Muhammad was drafted No. 14 overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2013 NBA Draft before being traded to Minnesota. In five exhibition games, he averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 11.4 minutes per game. As a true freshman in 2012-13 at UCLA, Muhammad led UCLA with 17.9 points per game in leading the Bruins to the Pac-12 Conference’s regular-season title.
Guard, Portland Trail Blazers
Watson enters his 13th season in the NBA, his first year competing for Portland. During the exhibition season, Watson appeared in one game. He had right knee surgery at the end of the 2011-12 season and missed the first month of the 2012-13 campaign but returned as a solid contributor off the bench for the Utah Jazz. Watson appeared in 48 contests (four starts) and averaged 2.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
Guard, Oklahoma City Thunder
Westbrook enters his sixth season in the NBA, all played with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The No. 4 overall NBA Draft selection in 2008, Westbrook is slated to miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season recovering from arthroscopic right knee surgery. Prior to a right knee injury in the playoffs last season, Westbrook started all 82 regular-season games and averaged 23.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game. In five season in Oklahoma City, Westbrook has played in 394 games, making 376 career starts. His career averages include 19.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.