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Wildcats in the NBA Update
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/02/2014
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TUCSON, Ariz. Now that the calendar has turned, here’s a look at how the nine former UA standouts representing Arizona in the NBA are faring through games of Jan. 1.

Andre Iguodala has started 21 games for the Golden State Warriors, averaging 10.7 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. Golden State is 20-13 on the year and 1.5 games back in the Pacific Division after having won their last six contests. The Warriors are currently the No. 7 seed in the race for the Western Conference playoffs.

Back on the court after a heart condition forced him away from the game last season, Channing Frye has started all 30 games for the Phoenix Suns. He is averaging 11.0 points and 5.4 boards for a Suns team that is 19-11 and holds the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference.

Derrick Williams has played in 28 games total this season, and started seven for the Kings since being traded from Minnesota to Sacramento in November. He has averaged 8.9 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Kings, shooting 46.9 percent from the floor.

A key piece for the Jazz since coming over in a sign-and-trade involving Iguodala this summer, Richard Jefferson has started all 34 games for Utah this year. He owns averages of 10.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for the Jazz.

Jordan Hill has been a part-time starter and full-time contributor for the Lakers thus far, as Los Angeles is fighting to get back in the playoff hunt. Hill is averaging 9.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest, the latter good enough to rank second on the team. He is shooting 57.0 percent from the field.

Solomon Hill has seen time off the bench in 16 games for the Indiana Pacers, averaging 1.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per outing. Indiana’s 25-6 record is tied for the best in the NBA and the Pacers lead the Central Division by 12 games and the Eastern Conference by one game.

Jason Terry is averaging 5.3 points per game off the bench for the struggling Brooklyn Nets, who host the crosstown rival Knicks on Thursday at 5 p.m. MST. The game can be seen on TNT. Jerryd Bayless is averaging 8.0 points and 2.0 assists for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Chase Budinger has yet to play for Minnesota this season as he recovers from knee surgery.

Over the summer, ESPN ranked Arizona sixth among all college programs in terms of producing top NBA talent over the last two-plus decades.

UA players have been far from content by just hearing their names called on draft night, however. As has been reported by various media outlets, the fraternity of Arizona’s NBA players is nearing the collective $1 billion mark in career earnings, with the total haul set to exceed $960 million this season.

Collectively, the Wildcats who have been drafted since 1988 are an accomplished group, having won 13 NBA championships and made six All-Star appearances. The group also boasts an NBA Rookie of the Year (current UA assistant coach Damon Stoudamire), a Sixth Man of the Year (Terry) and a Most Improved Player (Gilbert Arenas).

For the latest updates on Arizona men’s basketball and an inside look at the program, follow @APlayersProgram on Twitter.

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