Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (right) celebrates with forward Matt Bonner (15) after defeating the Miami Heat in game five of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. The Spurs beat the Heat 104-87 to win the NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators in the NBA: Matt Bonner Wins Second Championship


Matt Bonner won his third NBA Championship with the Spurs Sunday night as he and San Antonio took out the Udonis Haslem and the Miami Heat in five games. Bonner’s win is the latest in a string of four consecutive years a Gator great has won the NBA title. Here’s how the Gators in the NBA fared during The Finals:

Bradley Beal (2011-2012)Washington Wizards
Beal capped off an incredible first playoff experience by scoring at least 16 points in each of the 11 postseason games he played in. Beal wasn’t able to help the Wizards advance to the Eastern Conference Finals as the lost to the Indiana Pacers in six games. He became the second player in NBA playoffs history to score 25 three times before he turned 21, joining Hall of Famer Magic Johnson. For the entire playoffs, he turned in 19.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1 spg, and shot 41.5% from three-point range.

Matt Bonner (1999-2003)San Antonio Spurs
Bonner celebrated his second NBA Championship with the Spurs as he was a key cog in contributing to San Antonio’s fifth title. Although he may not have played a ton of minutes, he still played sound defense and helped his team move the ball around on offense. He played in four games, totaling 27 minutes, five points, three rebounds, five assists, and one steal. In the Spurs Game Two win, Bonner played 10 minutes, notching two points, one rebound, and one steal.

Corey Brewer (2004-2007), Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves did not qualify for the playoffs.

Nick Calathes (2007-2009)Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies lost in seven games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the First Round of the NBA Playoffs.

Mike Miller (1998-2000)Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies lost in seven games to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the First Round of the NBA Playoffs.

Udonis Haslem (1998-2002)Miami Heat
Haslem couldn’t help the Heat clinch their third straight title and fourth for himself. He also played in four of the five NBA Finals games, scoring 10 points, four rebounds, and one block in 23 minutes overall. His best performance came in Game Four, where he scored two points and three rebounds in 10 minutes. While Miami’s roster is embroiled in uncertainty, it’s likely Haslem will pick up his $4.62 million player option for the 2014-15 season.

Al Horford (2004-2007)Atlanta Hawks
Horford missed the Hawks First Round series after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair his right pectoral muscle. The Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks in seven games to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

David Lee (2001-2005)Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games in the First Round of the NBA Playoffs.

Marreese Speights (2006-2008)Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games in the First Round of the NBA Playoffs.

Erik Murphy (2009-2013)Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz missed the playoffs with the NBA’s fourth-worst record.

Joakim Noah (2004-2007)Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls lost to the Washington Wizards in five games in the First Round of the NBA Playoffs

Chandler Parsons (2007-2011)Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets couldn’t manage to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers as they lost the First Round Series 3-2.

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