TUCSON, Ariz. – A little over a month into the NBA season, here’s a look at how the nine former UA standouts representing Arizona in the NBA are faring through games of Dec. 4.
Andre Iguodala has started 13 games for the Golden State Warriors, averaging 12.9 points, 6.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game. Golden State is 11-8 on the year and one game back in the Pacific Division after having won their last two contests.
Back on the court after a heart condition forced him away from the game last season, Channing Frye has started all 19 games for the Phoenix Suns. He is averaging 10.8 points and 5.3 boards for a Suns team that is 10-9 and just two games back in the Pacific Division.
Derrick Williams has played in 14 games total this season, and started all three for the Kings since being traded from Minnesota to Sacramento last week. He has averaged 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Kings, shooting 46.2 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 20 games for Utah this year. He owns averages of 9.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for a Jazz team that won back-to-back games before falling to Indiana on Wednesday.
Jordan Hill has been a part-time starter and full-time contributor for the Lakers thus far, as Los Angeles is 9-9 on the season. Hill is averaging 8.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest, the latter good enough to rank second on the team. He is shooting 54.0 percent from the field.
Solomon Hill has seen time off the bench in 14 games for the Indiana Pacers, averaging 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per outing. Indiana’s 17-2 record is the best in the NBA and the Pacers lead the Central Division by eight games and the Eastern Conference by 2.5 games.
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 6.7 points and 1.8 assists for a 9-8 Memphis Grizzlies squad.
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).
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