Florida Gators in 2015 NBA Playoffs: First Round

By Adam Silverstein
April 20, 2015

With the 2014-15 NBA Playoffs underway, 10 of the 11 former Florida Gators basketball players in the league advanced to the postseason.

The Gators are represented on nine of the 16 playoff teams with four starters and six reserves active for competition. The 10 total UF players in the postseason marks the most of any school this year.

OnlyGators.com breaks down how each player fared during the 2014-15 regular season as well as their respective outlooks for the playoffs, which began on Saturday.


PLAYER OF THE YEAR
C AL HORFORD, Atlanta Hawks: GP/GS (76/76), MIN (30.5), PPG (15.2), RPG (7.2), APG (3.2), SPG (0.9), BPG (1.3), FG% (.538), 3P% (.306), FT% (.759)
» Highlights: One triple-double, 13 double-doubles
» Notes: Horford, who has been a rock for Atlanta all season and received his first NBA All-Star nod since 2011, dislocated his right pinkie finger in Sunday’s game but remained on the court and is expected to suit up on Wednesday.

» Playoffs: The Hawks are the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and currently lead the No. 8 seed Brooklyn Nets 1-0.

EASTERN CONFERENCE
F MIKE MILLER, Cleveland Cavaliers: GP/GS (52/15), MIN (13.5), PPG (2.1), RPG (1.8), APG (0.9), SPG (0.3), BPG (0.1), FG% (.325), 3P% (.327), FT% (.750)
» Notes: Miller registered career-lows in nearly every statistical category. He did not play in 30 regular season games.

» Playoffs: The Cavs are the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and currently lead the No. 7 seed Boston Celtics 1-0.

C JOAKIM NOAH, Chicago Bulls: GP/GS (67/67), MIN (30.6), PPG (7.2), RPG (9.6), APG (4.7), SPG (0.7), BPG (1.1), FG% (.445), 3P% (.000), FT% (.603)
» Highlights: 15 double-doubles
» Notes: Noah has faced minutes restrictions and general soreness throughout the season while recovering from knee surgery. Most recently, he has been dealing with knee and hamstring tendonitis stemming from the surgery.

» Playoffs: The Bulls are the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and currently lead the No. 6 seed Milwaukee Bucks 1-0.

G BRADLEY BEAL, Washington Wizards: GP/GS (63/59), MIN (33.4), PPG (15.3), RPG (3.8), APG (3.1), SPG (1.2), BPG (0.3), FG% (.427), 3P% (.409), FT% (.783)
» Highlights: Beal scored 17+ points in the final six regular season games he played.
» Notes: Beal sat out for nine straight games early in the season and an eight-game stretch in February. His shooting was efficient however as Beal set career records from the field and beyond the arc.

» Playoffs: The Wizards are the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and currently lead the No. 4 seed Toronto Raptors 1-0.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
C DAVID LEE, Golden State Warriors: GP/GS (49/4), MIN (18.4), PPG (7.9), RPG (5.2), APG (1.7), SPG (0.6), BPG (0.5), FG% (.511), 3P% (.000), FT% (.654)
» Notes: A career starter reduced to a reserve role, Lee has posted his worst averages – including minutes played – since his rookie campaign in 2005-06. Injuries have also forced him out of action as Lee has only played 49 games this season.

C MARREESE SPEIGHTS, Golden State Warriors: GP/GS (76/9), MIN (15.9), PPG (10.4), RPG (4.3), APG (0.9), SPG (0.3), BPG (0.4), FG% (.492), 3P% (.278), FT% (.843)
» Notes: Speights has been turned into an important player for Golden State and is seeing his most action on average since a 39-game stint with Cleveland in 2012-13. He is averaging a career-high 10.4 points in just 15.9 minutes per game.

» Playoffs: The Warriors are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and currently lead the No. 8 seed New Orleans Pelicans 1-0.

F COREY BREWER, Houston Rockets: GP/GS (80/17), MIN (26.1), PPG (11.5), RPG (3.7), APG (2.2), SPG (1.4), BPG (0.2), FG% (.426), 3P% (.268), FT% (.743)
» Highlights: Four triple-doubles, 47 double-doubles
» Notes: Brewer had 10 games with 18+ points this season along with two double-doubles. He was traded from Minnesota to Houston on Dec. 19, 2014.

» Playoffs: The Rockets are the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and currently lead the No. 7 seed Dallas Mavericks 1-0.

PG NICK CALATHES, Memphis Grizzlies: GP/GS (58/0), MIN (14.4), PPG (4.2), RPG (1.8), APG (2.5), SPG (1.1), BPG (0.1), FG% (.421), 3P% (.256), FT% (.533)
» Notes: A suspension limited Calathes’s impact early, but he was also unable to make up for it the rest of the season.

» Playoffs: The Grizzlies are the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference and currently lead the No. 4 seed Portland Trailblazers 1-0.

F MATT BONNER, San Antonio Spurs: GP/GS (72/19), MIN (13.0), PPG (3.7), RPG (1.6), APG (0.7), SPG (0.1), BPG (0.2), FG% (.409), 3P% (.365), FT% (.811)
» Notes: Bonner started the second-most games of his career (67 in 2008-09) but still plays a limited number of minutes. He will likely see a reduced role in the postseason.

» Playoffs: The Spurs are the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference and currently trail the No. 3 seed Los Angeles Clippers 0-1.

F CHANDLER PARSONS, Dallas Mavericks: GP/GS (66/66), MIN (33.1), PPG (15.7), RPG (4.9), APG (2.4), SPG (1.0), BPG (0.3), FG% (.462), 3P% (.380), FT% (.720)
» Notes: Parsons has started 286 consecutive NBA games (regular season, postseason) in which he’s played. He has not come off the bench since his first NBA start during the 2011-12 season but did miss stretches of seven and six games this campaign due to injury.

» Playoffs: The Mavs are the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference and currently trail the No. 2 seed Houston Rockets 0-1.

DID NOT ADVANCE
F UDONIS HASLEM, Miami Heat: GP/GS (62/25), MIN (16.0), PPG (4.2), RPG (4.2), APG (0.7), SPG (0.3), BPG (0.2), FG% (.448), 3P% (.200), FT% (.703)
» Notes: Haslem saw a slightly increased role from a year ago in his 13th NBA season but was nevertheless just a roleplayer for the Heat, which failed to earn a postseason berth.

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