Oct. 26, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Ten former University of Arizona men's basketball players were on active National Basketball Association rosters, as the league opened the 2010-11 season Tuesday.
The list of players includes Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards), Jerryd Bayless (New Orleans Hornets), Mike Bibby (Atlanta Hawks), Chase Budinger (Houston Rockets), Channing Frye (Phoenix Suns), Jordan Hill (Houston Rockets), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), Richard Jefferson (San Antonio Spurs), Jason Terry (Dallas Mavericks) and Luke Walton (Los Angeles Lakers).
Arizona is tied for sixth nationally in terms of active NBA player production. Here is the complete list:
1. UCLA, 14 2. Duke, 13 Kentucky, 13 4. North Carolina, 12 Kansas, 12 6. ARIZONA, 10 Texas, 10
It marks the 11th consecutive season in which at least eight former Wildcats have opened the season on NBA rosters. In eight of those seasons the number was 10 or more.
Arizona's total helped the Pac-10 Conference tally 48 active NBA players, a figure that ranked fourth nationally. Additionally, the Pac-10's average of 4.8 alums per member institution topped all major conferences. Here is a look at the breakdown by league.
1. Atlantic Coast, 56 2. Big East, 54 3. Big 12, 51 4. Pac-10, 48 5. Southeastern, 40 6. Big Ten, 29