Florida Gators in the 2015 NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals

By Adam Silverstein
May 3, 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 were 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 marked the most of any school this year.

Seven have since advanced to the second round. OnlyGators.com breaks down how each player fared during round one as well as their respective outlooks going forward.


EASTERN CONFERENCE
C AL HORFORD, (1) Atlanta Hawks: GP/GS (6/6), MIN (33.0), PPG (14.3), RPG (10.0), APG (3.8), SPG (1.0), BPG (1.2), FG% (.482), 3P% (.000), FT% (.750)
» Highlights: Three double-doubles | 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in a 96-91 win in Game 2; 20 points and 15 boards in Game 5
» Notes: Horford, who has been a rock for Atlanta and received his first NBA All-Star nod since 2011, dislocated his right pinkie finger in Game 1 but never missed time.

» Playoffs: The Hawks defeated the No. 8 seed Brooklyn Nets 4-2 in six games but currently trail the No. 5 seed Washington Wizards 0-1 after a 104-98 loss on Sunday.

F MIKE MILLER, (2) Cleveland Cavaliers: GP/GS (0/0), MIN (0.0), PPG (0.0), RPG (0.0), APG (0.0), SPG (0.0), BPG (0.0), FG% (.000), 3P% (.000), FT% (.000)
» Notes: Miller registered career-lows in nearly every statistical category. He did not play in 30 regular season games and did not suit up for Cleveland in the first round.

» Playoffs: The Cavs swept the No. 7 seed Boston Celtics 4-0 and will face the No. 3 seed Chicago Bulls in round two action beginning on Monday.

C JOAKIM NOAH, (3) Chicago Bulls: GP/GS (6/6), MIN (33.3), PPG (6.5), RPG (11.7), APG (4.3), SPG (1.2), BPG (1.0), FG% (.475), 3P% (.000), FT% (.100)
» Highlights: Two double-doubles | 42 rebounds combined during games 1-3
» Notes: Noah has been dealing with knee and hamstring tendonitis stemming from the surgery. Nevertheless, he has been dominant defensively for Chicago.

» Playoffs: The Bulls defeated the No. 6 seed Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 in six games and will face the No. 2 seed Cleveland Cavaliers in round two action beginning on Monday.

G BRADLEY BEAL, (5) Washington Wizards: GP/GS (4/4), MIN (42.0), PPG (20.8), RPG (5.3), APG (4.0), SPG (1.5), BPG (0.8), FG% (.380), 3P% (.333), FT% (.800)
» Highlights: 16 points, nine rebounds, six assists in Game 1; 28 points in Game 2
» Notes: Beal has scored 16+ points in 11 straight games. He has scored 28 points twice already in the playoffs, during game two of the opening round series and game one of the conference semifinals on Sunday. Beal injured his ankle after getting tangled with Horford in Game 1 of the conference semifinals but returned to the game.

» Playoffs: The Wizards swept the No. 4 seed Toronto Raptors 4-0 and currently lead the No. 1 seed Atlanta Hawks 1-0 after a 104-98 win on Sunday.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
C DAVID LEE, (1) Golden State Warriors: GP/GS (0/0), MIN (0.0), PPG (0.0), RPG (0.0), APG (0.0), SPG (0.0), BPG (0.0), FG% (.000), 3P% (.000), FT% (.000)
» 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. He missed the entire first round with a back injury but is expected to suit up for the conference semifinals.

C MARREESE SPEIGHTS, (1) Golden State Warriors: GP/GS (4/0), MIN (7.3), PPG (1.8), RPG (2.3), APG (0.8), SPG (0.3), BPG (0.8), FG% (.200), 3P% (.000), FT% (.500)
» Notes: Speights was an important player for Golden State and saw his most action on average during the regular season since a 39-game stint with Cleveland in 2012-13. He did not play much in the opening round but made a key offensive rebound and assist in Game 3.

» Playoffs: The Warriors swept the No. 8 seed New Orleans Pelicans 4-0 and currently lead the No. 5 seed Memphis Grizzlies 1-0 after a 101-86 win on Sunday.

F COREY BREWER, (2) Houston Rockets: GP/GS (5/0), MIN (25.8), PPG (14.4), RPG (3.2), APG (0.8), SPG (0.4), BPG (0.2), FG% (.518), 3P% (.533), FT% (.667)
» Highlights:15+ points in four straight games | 22 points, five rebounds in Game 4
» Notes: Brewer’s had a career resurgence after being shipped from Minnesota to Houston on Dec. 19, 2014. He doubled his regular-season three-point shooting percentage in round one, hitting 53.3 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.

» Playoffs: The Rockets defeated the No. 7 seed Dallas Mavericks 4-1 in five games and will face the No. 3 seed Los Angeles Clippers in round two action beginning on Monday.

PG NICK CALATHES, (5) Memphis Grizzlies: GP/GS (5/2), MIN (16.8), PPG (6.6), RPG (2.2), APG (2.0), SPG (0.8), BPG (0.2), FG% (.400), 3P% (.545), FT% (.500)
» Notes: A suspension limited Calathes’s impact early, and he struggled to be consistent during the end of the regular season. However, due to team injury, he started his first two games of the season in the opening round.

» Playoffs: The Grizzlies defeated the No. 4 seed Portland Trailblazers 4-1 in five games but currently trail the No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors 0-1 after a 101-86 loss on Sunday.

ELIMINATED
F CHANDLER PARSONS, Dallas Mavericks: GP/GS (1/1), MIN (37.0), PPG (10.0), RPG (6.0), APG (2.0), SPG (0.0), BPG (0.0), FG% (.333), 3P% (.000), FT% (.000)
» Notes: Parsons has now started 287 consecutive NBA games (regular season, postseason) in which he’s played. Unfortunately, he is now expected to miss an extended period of time for the Mavericks. After playing in Game 1 of the series (stats above), Parsons aggravated a knee injury and was eventually ruled out for the remainder of the season. He had arthroscopic surgery on Friday and his timetable is unknown.

» Playoffs: The No. 2 seed Houston Rockets edged Dallas 4-1 in five games.

F MATT BONNER, San Antonio Spurs: GP/GS (7/0), MIN (5.1), PPG (0.9), RPG (0.9), APG (0.1), SPG (0.0), BPG (0.1), FG% (.200), 3P% (.222), FT% (.000)
» Notes: Bonner only played significant minutes (16) in Game 3, a 100-73 win for the Spurs. He went 1-for-5 from three with two rebounds and one assist.

» Playoffs: The No. 3 seed Los Angeles Clippers defeated No. 6 seed San Antonio 4-3 in the seven-game series.

One Comment

  1. 1974Gator says:

    A lot of very impressive x-Gators in NBA. Am surprised we haven’t been recognized by the recruiting services and the 4+ stars as a more highly preferred school to sign with .

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