Feb 10, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward Marreese Speights (5) celebrates after scoring a three point basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

A Career Week for Florida Gators in the NBA

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Both Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Warriors forward Marreese Speights had career nights this past week. Not only were their performances special, but Bulls center Joakim Noah notched a triple-double and Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes has found his groove in the NBA as well. Here’s more on the 12 Gators on NBA squads heading into the All-Star Break in New Orleans:

Bradley Beal (2011-2012)Washington Wizards
Beal was a beast Tuesday night, scoring a career-high 37 points while shooting 15-24 from the floor. He was 5-of-7 from long-range and picked up 5 rebounds and two assists. On the week, Beal averaged 20.5 points, 4.3 assists, and 4 rebounds. Beal will participate in the NBA All-Star Weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge pitting Sophomores versus Rookies and the Three-Point Contest.

Matt Bonner (1999-2003)San Antonio Spurs
Bonner played in four games this past week, averaging 3.5 points and 4.3 boards in 16.5 minutes. Bonner will get a chance to rest this weekend as he will not be apart of the festivities.

Corey Brewer (2004-2007), Minnesota Timberwolves
Brewer had a solid week after missing last Wednesday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Against the Portland Trailblazers Saturday, Brewer scored 26 points with 7 rebounds. He also had a good game against the Denver Nuggets last night when he scored 22 points and 5 steals.

Nick Calathes (2007-2009)Memphis Grizzlies
Calathes has found his NBA groove, scoring double-digits in all four games this week. He also added at least 5 assists in each game. Calathes averaged 14.3 points, 5 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 2.5 steals during the week.

Mike Miller (1998-2000)Memphis Grizzlies
Miller played limited minutes with an illness last week, but didn’t miss a game. Miller averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds during the week. Miller will use the time off for All-Star Weekend to get healthy again.

Udonis Haslem (1998-2002)Miami Heat
Haslem has not seen action in Heat games since January 29 due to a coach’s decision.

Al Horford (2004-2007)Atlanta Hawks
Horford is out for the rest of the year after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair his right pectoral muscle.

David Lee (2001-2005)Golden State Warriors
Lee missed two out of four games this past week with a shoulder injury. But he returned for Monday and Wednesday’s games and recorded his 26th and 27th double-double. Lee averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists in those two games. Lee will have the weekend to rest his ailing shoulder before action begins the next week.

Marreese Speights (2006-2008)Golden State Warriors
Speights went off Monday night against Philadelphia scoring a career-high 32 points with 8 boards and 3 blocks in a blowout win over the 76ers. He had no more than 4 points and 4 rebounds in the three other games he played in last week. On the season, Speights is averaging 6.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Erik Murphy (2009-2013)Chicago Bulls
Murphy was kept out of the three Bulls games this week due to a coach’s decision. He hasn’t played since February 3.

Joakim Noah (2004-2007)Chicago Bulls
Noah had another solid week, putting together two double-doubles and a triple-double in back-to-back-to-back games.  He had 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while being held to 7 points in Thursday’s loss at Golden State. Noah rebounded Sunday with 20 points and 13 rebounds in win at the LA Lakers. He finished up the week strong, notching a triple-double against the Atlanta Hawks, scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists. Noah was named an All-Star Reserve for the Eastern Conference so look for him to contribute in Sunday’s contest.

Chandler Parsons (2007-2011)Houston Rockets
Parsons notched a double-double with 18 points and 12 boards against the Wizards Wednesday night, but had a pedestrian week besides that. He averaged 15.3 points, 6 rebounds, and 5.3 assists over the week. Parsons will have the weekend off for the All-Star Game.

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