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Six former Arizona Wildcats in NBA playoffs, including rookie and veterans


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FORMER ARIZONA WILDCATS IN THE NBA PLAYOFFS

Player Pos Team G PPG RPG APG Note
mug.JerrydBaylessJerryd Bayless G Bucks 77 7.77 2.74 3.04 Former Arizona interim head coach Kevin O'Neill told Sports Radio 1290-AM this week that Bayless is the best player he's coached.
willbynum2Will Bynum G Wizards 7 3.14 0.86 2.57 The former Arizona player who transferred to Georgia Tech played in the Chinese Basketball Association this season before signing with Washington on March 27.
mug.AndreIguodalaAndre Iguodala SF Warriors 77 7.84 3.34 2.95 A potential Sixth Man of the Year winner in the NBA Iguodala often brings the ball up and facilitates Golden State's offense when Stephen Curry is on the bench.
mug.RichardJeffersonRichard Jefferson SF Mavericks 74 5.84 2.47 0.82 Strong finish for Jefferson who averaged 15 points while starting the last four games. Connected on 47% of his shots from the field and 44% of his attempts from three-point range in that span.
NickJohnsonmug2Nick Johnson SG Rockets 28 2.64 1.39 0.39 On Houston's playoff roster as a point guard backup to former Arizona standout Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni.
JasonTerrymugJason Terry G Rockets 77 7.03 1.57 1.91 Wrist injury to starting guard Patrick Beverly created a starting role for Terry. He goes against the team he won an NBA title with — the Dallas Mavericks — in the opening round of the playoffs.
NOT IN PLAYOFFS
Player Pos Team G PPG RPG APG Note
ChaseBudingerSmallChase Budinger F T'wolves 67 6.82 2.96 0.96 Came on strong at end of season posting a season-high 22 points against the Lakers on March 25.
Channing Frye F-C Magic 75 7.32 3.91 1.25 The Orlando Sentinel recently reported that Frye could be traded with three years left on his contract.
AaronGordon3Aaron Gordon F Magic 47 5.17 3.60 0.17 Gordon will partake in the Orlando Pro Summer League after playing in only 47 games because of a foot injury.
mug.JordanHillJordan Hill PF Lakers 70 12.01 7.94 1.47 Started career-high 57 games. May become free agent if Lakers opt to not pay him $9 million next season.
2012.13.SHillSolomon Hill SF Pacers 82 8.89 3.83 2.24 After playing in only 28 games as rookie Hill played in all 82 games this season. Started 78 of them.
2012.13.JerrettGrant Jerrett PF Jazz 8 2.00 1.12 0.38 Played eight games with Utah after his trade from Oklahoma City and call up later from Idaho of the D-League. Under contract through 2017-18.
mug.DerrickWilliamsDerrick Williams F Kings 74 8.34 2.73 0.68 Reportedly will be a free agent after Sacramento does not tender him a qualifying offer of $8.7 million.

Jason Terry averages 16.5 points in 93 playoff games in his 16-year NBA career.

Jerryd Bayless returns to his third NBA playoffs, last going with Memphis in 2012-13.

Andre Iguodala having fun in his fifth consecutive year in the playoffs. He averages 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds a game in 48 playoff games.

Will rookie Nick Johnson show off an NBA championship ring at his basketball camp?

Richard Jefferson, a 14-year veteran, has played the most NBA playoff games — 101 — among the former Wildcats in the postseason.

Three players — Terry (1995-99 at Arizona), Jefferson (1998-2001) and Johnson (2011-14) — will be involved in the same series to start the NBA playoffs.

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also has published articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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