Florida Gator Greats Chandler Parsons and Joakim Noah have both had spectacular weeks while leading their respective teams into the fourth spot of either conference. Noah nearly averaged a triple-double, while Parsons’ averaged 20 points per game. Here’s how the 12 Gators in the NBA fared:
Bradley Beal (2011-2012), Washington Wizards
Beal’s Washington Wizards clinched a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2008 Wednesday. And he’s had a lot to do with their success. Beal played in four games this past week, and racked up some good numbers. He averaged 15 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists for the Wizards. He’s been hitting 75% of his shots from the field during his past two games.
Matt Bonner (1999-2003), San Antonio Spurs
Bonner is out for two weeks with a strained right calf. The injury was reported March 25, so it looks like he still has one week to go. Bonner’s averaging 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds while hitting 41.8% of his three-point attempts in 11.1 minutes per game.
Corey Brewer (2004-2007), Minnesota Timberwolves
Brewer’s struggled to get anything going on offense this week, averaging 11.8 points, but he’s had an average of two steals per game during the same stretch. Despite the T’Wolves already winning more games than they had last year, Brewer and Minnesota will miss the playoffs once again.
Nick Calathes (2007-2009), Memphis Grizzlies
Calathes continues to proved quality backup point guard minutes as the Grizzlies battle for the final playoff spot. This past week, Calathes averaged 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 13 minutes per game.
Mike Miller (1998-2000), Memphis Grizzlies
Miller has been effective off the bench, with his best game this past week coming at Portland Sunday. Miller had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in 28 minutes. This past week, he averaged 5.8 points, three boards, and 2.3 dimes.
Udonis Haslem (1998-2002), Miami Heat
Haslem got a rare start Friday at Detroit and put in a season-high 17 points with five rebounds and a block. This week, he’s more than doubled his season scoring average of 3.1, scoring 7.3 points over a four game span. Haslem’s Heat are in position to get the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
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. His presence has been missed and now the Hawks are percentage points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
David Lee (2001-2005), Golden State Warriors
Lee injured his hamstring and hasn’t played for the past four games. It’s unknown when he will return, but he’s listed as day-to-day.
Marreese Speights (2006-2008), Golden State Warriors
With Lee out of the lineup, Speights saw more minutes, most notably against the Spurs Wednesday. He played 30 mins and put up 22 points and 9 rebounds. Speights has averaged 12.3 points and 8.5 rebounds, basically doubling his season averages. The Warriors are in the sixth spot in the West, but only two games up on the 9th team.
Erik Murphy (2009-2013), Chicago Bulls
Murphy did not play this past week, due to the coach’s decision.
Joakim Noah (2004-2007), Chicago Bulls
Another week, another four games with a double-double. I can’t choose his best game, but he played Boston on back-to-back nights, putting up 13 points, eight rebounds, and 13 assists the first game, and 19 points, 11 boards, and 5 helpers the second game. This past week, he’s averaged 13.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 7.5 dimes. Noah’s led the Bulls to homecourt in the first round of the playoffs as the four seed.
Chandler Parsons (2007-2011), Houston Rockets
Parsons was pretty great against the Clippers Saturday. He posted 28 points and 9 rebounds while playing nearly the entire game. Over the week, he averaged 20 points, 7.3 rebounds, and four assists. Parsons’ Rockets are near locks to make the playoffs and currently hold the four seed out West.