UCLA Bruins in the NBA (2012-13)
|Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Darren Collison, Jrue Holiday (photos by NBAE via Getty Images)|
|Player||Years at UCLA||NBA Team||Years in NBA||NBA Debut|
|Arron Afflalo||2005 - 2007||Orlando Magic||2007 - 2012||11/01/2007|
|Trevor Ariza||2004||Washington Wizards||2004 - 2012||11/03/2004|
|Matt Barnes||1999 - 2002||Los Angeles Clippers||2003 - 2012||01/19/2004|
|Darren Collison||2006 - 2009||Dallas Mavericks||2009 - 2012||10/28/2009|
|Jrue Holiday||2009||Philadelphia 76ers||2009 - 2012||10/30/2009|
|Ryan Hollins||2003 - 2006||Los Angeles Clippers||2006 - 2012||01/17/2007|
|Malcolm Lee||2009 - 2011||Minnesota Timberwolves||2012||03/10/2012|
|Kevin Love||2008||Minnesota Timberwolves||2008 - 2012||10/29/2008|
|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute||2006 - 2008||Milwaukee Bucks||2008 - 2012||10/28/2008|
|Earl Watson||1998 - 2001||Utah Jazz||2001 - 2012||10/30/2001|
|Russell Westbrook||2007 - 2008||Oklahoma City Thunder||2008 - 2012||10/29/2008|
Arron Afflalo (2005-2007)
A three-year letterwinner at UCLA, Arron Afflalo led the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament each season. He helped send UCLA to the national championship contest as a sophomore in 2005-06 and a return trip to the Final Four as a junior in 2006-07. He was drafted 27th overall (first round) by the Detroit Pistons in the 2007 NBA Draft. Afflalo secured first-team All-Pac-10 honors his sophomore and juniors seasons. He ended his career ranked 17th all-time in UCLA history in scoring with 1,540 points, while he ranks second all-time in three-point field goals made (209) and attempted (560). As a junior in 2006-07, he averaged 16.9 ppg (third best in the Pac-10), 2.8 rpg and 1.9 apg. He earned consensus first-team All-America honors, was a member of the Wooden All-America team and was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year as a junior. That season, he scored 20 or more points in 12 games, matching a career-high with 27 points and a career-high eight assists against Washington. Afflalo registered 24 points against Kansas in the 2007 Regional Finals and 17 versus Florida in a semifinal match at the Final Four. As a sophomore, he led the team in scoring (15.8 ppg), while averaging 4.2 rpg and 1.8 apg. That season, he tallied 20 points or more in 11 games, with a career-high-tying 27 points at Arizona. As a freshman, Afflalo averaged 10.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.2 apg, earning Pacific-10 Conference All-Freshman Team acclaim.
Trevor Ariza (2004)
A one-year letterwinner at UCLA, Trevor Ariza declared for the NBA Draft following his freshman campaign. He was drafted 43rd overall (second round) by the New York Knicks in the 2004 NBA Draft. During the 2003-04 college season, he played in 25 games (23 starts), averaging 11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg and a team-high 1.7 steals per game. Ariza secured All-Pacific-10 Conference Freshman Team acclaim. Ariza played for UCLA during Ben Howland's first season as the program's head coach.
Matt Barnes (1999-2002)
A four-year letterwinner at UCLA, Matt Barnes helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons. Barnes was selected 46th overall (second round) by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2002 NBA Draft. He played in 121 career games for UCLA, averaging 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 22.6 minutes per game. Barnes became the 43rd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. In his four-year collegiate career, Barnes helped lead UCLA to three consecutive NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances (2000, 2001, 2002). As a senior, he averaged 13.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and a team-high 3.5 assists while shooting .417 (43-103) from three-point range, which ranked ninth in the Pacific-10 Conference. He scored a career-high 34 points against USC on Jan. 10, 2002 and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Arizona on Feb. 14, 2002. Barnes handed out a career-high 11 assists versus Cincinanti in an NCAA Tournament win as a senior. As a junior, he earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention acclaim and received the team's award for outstanding play after averaging 11.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He ranked sixth in the conference in rebounding and steals during his junior season.
Darren Collison (2006-2009)
A four-year letterwinner at UCLA, Darren Collison helped lead the Bruins to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including three trips to the NCAA Final Four in his first three seasons. A history major as a student-athlete, Collison was selected 21st overall (first round) by the New Orleans Hornets in the 2009 NBA Draft. He secured first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors as a senior in 2008-09. He also won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, given to the nation's best player six-feet or under. Collison was a third-team AP All-America recipient as a junior and an honorable mention AP All-America awardee as a senior. He finished his career 16th in UCLA history in points scored (1,639) and tied for first for career games played (142). In addition, he finished fourth all-time in three-point percentage (.435), third in free-throw percentage (.851), fifth in assists (577) and second in steals (231). Collison averaged 14.4 points, 4.7 assists and 1.6 steals in 31.5 minutes over 35 contests as a senior. That year, he was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award and John R. Wooden Award. He was named USBWA All-District IX and NABC First Team All-District 20, leading the Pac-10 and finishing fourth in the nation in free throw percentage (.897). As a junior, Collison averaged 14.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He shot 52.5 percent from three-point range, leading the Pac-10 and setting a UCLA single-season record. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 Pac-10 Tournament. As a sophomore, Collison was named a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and honorable mention AP All-America selection after averaging 12.7 points per game and 5.7 assists. He ranked in the top 10 in the Pac-10 Conference in five statistical categories, including leading the league in steals with 2.2 spg and in three-point field goal percentage (.447), and ranking second in both assists (5.7 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (2.0).
Jrue Holiday (2009)
After playing for UCLA as a freshman in 2008-09, Holiday was selected 17th overall (first round) by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2009 NBA Draft. Playing alongside senior Darren Collison in the backcourt for UCLA, Holiday played in 35 games (all starts), averaging 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals in 27.1 minutes per game. He shot 45.0 percent from the floor, including 30.7 percent from three-point range and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. Holiday earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors. He scored a career-high 20 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting in just 19 minutes against Florida International. Holiday had 13 points and six assists in UCLA's one-point win over Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Ryan Hollins (2003-2006)
A four-year letterwinner at UCLA, Ryan Hollins finished his career fourth on the school's all-time blocked shots list, registering 101 blocks. Hollins was selected 50th overall (second round) by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2006 NBA Draft. In four seasons at UCLA, he averaged 5.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game on 57.5 percent shooting. As a senior, Hollins averaged 7.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 21.5 minutes per game. That season, he helped lead UCLA to the NCAA Final Four, where the Bruins advanced to the national championship game against Florida. He also helped guide the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in his junior season. As a senior, he ranked ninth in the Pac-10 Conference in blocks and scored in double figures on 11 occasions, including five of the six games in the NCAA Tournament. He earned NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player honors in 2006 and recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the NCAA title game against Florida. As a junior, Hollins played in 28 games (six starts). That year, he averaged 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and a team-high 0.8 blocks in 16.4 minutes per game. He ranked 10th in the conference in blocked shots. As a sophomore, he played in 28 games (16 starts), averaging 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game. He scored a collegiate career-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds against USC. As a freshman, he averaged 4.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 16.7 minutes per game.
Kevin Love (2008)
Among the most talented centers to ever play at UCLA, Kevin Love helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Final Four as a freshman in 2007-08. The native of Lake Oswego, Ore., was selected fifth overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies before immediately being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love capped his sensational freshman season by earning first-team All-America honors and being named the Pac-10 Conference's Freshman and Player of the Year. Love led UCLA in scoring at 17.5 points per game (seventh in the Pac-10, 86th nationally) as a true freshman. He set a Bruin freshman record with 10.6 rebounds per game (second in the Pac-10, 11th nationally). The 6-foot-10, 253-pound center led the Bruins in scoring in 17 games, registering a season-high 27 points against Washington State on Jan. 12, 2008 in Pauley Pavilion. Love was drafted directly behind teammate and sophomore Russell Westbrook. The pair became the first Bruin duo to be drafted as lottery picks in the same year in UCLA history since lottery picks began in 1985. They also became just the sixth teammates in NBA Draft history to be drafted back-to-back and became the first Bruin duo to be drafted in the top five since Lew Alcindor and Lucius Allen were the No. 1 (Milwaukee Bucks) and No. 3 (Seattle Sonics) overall picks, respectively, in 1969.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (2006-2008)
A three-year standout for UCLA, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Final Four in each of his three seasons in Westwood. As a junior in 2007-08, Mbah a Moute earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 Team acclaim and honorable mention All-Defensive Team honors. He averaged 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a junior (tied for the 11th-highest rebound total in the Pac-10). He scored in double figures in 12 games and posted seven double-doubles, recording a season-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting against Davidson. As a sophomore in 2006-07, Mbah a Moute averaged 8.2 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game. He ranked third in the Pac-10 in steals (1.7 spg) and seventh in rebounding average. He started all 35 games played, missing one contest due to injury, and scored in double figures 13 times. Mbah a Moute opened his sophomore season by scoring a career-high 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a win over BYU. As a freshman in 2005-06, he averaged 9.1 points and 8.2 rebounds (team high), starting 38 of 39 games and posting eight double-doubles. Mbah a Moute matched his season high of 17 points in a victory over LSU in the NCAA Final Four. He shared the team lead with 10 rebounds in a loss to Florida in the 2006 NCAA title contest.
Earl Watson (1998-2001)
A four-year standout for UCLA, Earl Watson finished his career ranking first on the school's career steals list (235) and fourth in assists (607). His total of 127 career starts was later broken by Josh Shipp in 2009 (134 starts). Watson was selected 40th overall by the Seattle Sonics in the 2001 NBA Draft. He helped lead UCLA to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons with the program. As a freshman, junior and senior, Watson led the Bruins to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. He became the second player in school history to record 600 assists and 200 steals (also, Tyus Edney) and the fourth player in Pac-10 history to make the career top-10 in both assists and steals. As a senior, Watson ranked second on the team in scoring (14.7 ppg) and field goal percentage (.493) and first in assists (5.2 apg) and steals (1.9 spg). He was named an All-Pac-10 Conference selection in 2000-01 and earned first-team All-District 15 honors by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He scored in double figures 26 times and recorded 20 or more points in eight games. Watson averaged a team-high 16 points, 5.7 rebounds, five assists and two steals in three NCAA Tournament games. He scored a career-high 30 points against North Carolina during his senior season. As a junior, Watson averaged 11.4 points, 5.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds and was one of two Bruins (with Jason Kapono) to start all 33 games, tying the school record he had tied as a freshman. He established the school's single-game assists record with 16 against Maryland in the NCAA Tournament, the best single-game assist effort in the 2000 NCAA Tournament. As a sophomore, Watson earned second-team NABC All-District 15 honors and was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Conference selection. For the second consecutive season, he was the only Bruin to start every game (33). That season, he was UCLA's second leading-scorer (13.3), fourth-leading rebounder (3.7) and was second in assists (4.6) and steals (1.6). Watson led the Bruins with 34.0 minutes per game. He was an All-Pac-10 Freshman Team selection in 1997-98 and was the only Bruin to start all 33 games that year. He averaged 5.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals in 32.0 minutes per game.
Russell Westbrook (2007-08)
A two-year letterwinner at UCLA, Russell Westbrook shined as a sophomore in 2007-08 before being selected fourth overall by the Seattle Sonics in the 2008 NBA Draft. Westbrook played 1,318 minutes as a sophomore, the highest total by a Bruin since 1979 (when minutes began being tracked as an official statistic). He averaged 12.7 points, a team-leading 4.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game as a sophomore, earning third-team All-Pac-10 Conference acclaim. Additionally, Westbrook was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He helped carry UCLA to the NCAA Final Four in each of his two seasons in Westwood. He led the Bruins with a career-high 22 points in a loss to Memphis in the 2008 NCAA Final Four (April 5, 2008). He posted his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high-tying 11 rebounds against Western Kentucky in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen that season (March 27, 2008). Westbrook averaged 3.4 points and 0.7 assists in 9.0 minutes per game as a freshman, largely serving as a backup to sophomore Darren Collison in 2006-07. As a freshman, he scored a season-high 11 points twice. Westbrook was drafted directly ahead of teammate and freshman Kevin Love. The pair became the first Bruins' duo drafted as lottery picks in the same year in UCLA history since lottery picks began in 1985. Westbrook and Love also became the sixth teammates in NBA Draft history to be drafted back-to-back and became the first Bruins' duo drafted in the top five since Lew Alcindor and Lucius Allen were the No. 1 (Milwaukee Bucks) and No. 3 (Seattle Sonics) overall picks, respectively, in 1969.