Oct. 31, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - Nine former University of Arizona men's basketball players were on active National Basketball Association rosters, as the league opened the 2012-13 season Monday.
According to rosters listed on the NBA official website as of Oct. 30, the list of active players includes Jerryd Bayless (Memphis Grizzlies), Chase Budinger (Minnesota Timberwolves), Channing Frye (Phoenix Suns), Jordan Hill (Los Angeles Lakers), Andre Iguodala (Denver Nuggets), Richard Jefferson (Golden State Warriors), Jason Terry (Boston Celtics), Luke Walton (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves).
Arizona ranks ninth nationally in terms of active NBA player production. Here is the complete list:
1. Kentucky, 19 2. Duke, 18 3. North Carolina, 15 4. Kansas, 14 5. UCLA, 12 Connecticut, 12 7. Texas, 11 8. Florida, 10 9. ARIZONA, 9
It marks the 13th consecutive season in which at least eight former Wildcats have opened the season on active NBA rosters. In nine of those seasons the number was 10 or more. Arizona's nine active NBA players to start 2012-13 have a current average career length of 7.5 seasons.
Arizona's total helped the Pac-12 Conference tally 51 active NBA players, a figure that ranked third nationally among college conferences. Here is the breakdown by league.
1. Atlantic Coast, 60 2. Southeastern, 55 3. Pac-12, 51 4. Big East, 47 5. Big 12, 39 6. Big Ten, 24