Florida Gators in NBA Playoffs: Conference Finals

By Adam Silverstein
May 17, 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.

Five have since advanced to the Conference Finals round, representing all four of the teams remaining in the field. As such, a former Gators player is guaranteed to win the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive season.

OnlyGators.com breaks down how each player fared during the Conference Semifinals as well as their respective outlooks going forward.


EASTERN CONFERENCE
C AL HORFORD, (1) Atlanta Hawks: GP/GS (6/6), MIN (34.7), PPG (16.8), RPG (9.8), APG (4.3), SPG (1.0), BPG (2.3), FG% (.500), 3P% (.500), FT% (.975)
» Highlight: 23 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, game-winning layup with one second left in Game 5
» Notes: Horford improved his averaged in every category but rebounding (-0.2) from the first round to the second. He had four double-doubles in the series and has now posted seven in 12 playoff games.

» Playoffs: The Hawks defeated the No. 5 seed Washington Wizards 4-2 in six games and will face the No. 2 seed Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

F MIKE MILLER, (2) Cleveland Cavaliers: GP/GS (3/1), MIN (10.3), PPG (1.0), RPG (3.0), APG (0.0), SPG (0.0), BPG (0.3), FG% (.500), 3P% (.500), FT% (.000)
» Notes: Miller started Game 1 due to Cleveland’s shallow roster. After playing 29 combined minutes in the first two contests, he sat out the next three and saw just two minutes of garbage-time action in the series finale.

» Playoffs: The Cavs defeated the No. 3 seed Chicago Bulls 4-2 in six games and will face the No. 1 seed Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
C DAVID LEE, (1) Golden State Warriors: GP/GS (5/0), MIN (11.0), PPG (2.8), RPG (3.4), APG (0.4), SPG (0.2), BPG (0.4), FG% (.300), 3P% (.000), FT% (.500)
» Highlight: Six points, seven rebounds in Game 5
» 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 only played 49 regular-season games and missed the entire quarterfinal series against New Orleans (back). Golden State barely played Lee in its first three semifinal games (nine minutes) and fell behind 1-2. Lee played 14+ minutes in each of the final three games, all victories of 13 points or more.

C MARREESE SPEIGHTS, (1) Golden State Warriors: GP/GS (3/0), MIN (4.0), PPG (3.5), RPG (1.2), APG (0.0), SPG (0.3), BPG (0.0), FG% (.500), 3P% (.000), FT% (.636)
» Highlight: 10 points, five rebounds in Game 1
» Notes: Speights saw his minutes cut in half during the Warriors’ first-round series, compared to the regular season. They were sliced in half again during the semifinals, which he was eventually ruled out for due to a calf injury. Speights did not play the final three games of the series (Lee took his minutes) and is questionable for the start of the next round.

» Playoffs: The Warriors defeated the No. 5 seed Memphis Grizzlies 4-2 in six games and will face the No. 2 Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.

F COREY BREWER, (2) Houston Rockets: GP/GS (7/0), MIN (25.3), PPG (11.0), RPG (3.4), APG (1.4), SPG (0.7), BPG (0.3), FG% (.414), 3P% (.211), FT% (.577)
» Highlight: 19 points, 10 rebounds in a 119-107 Game 6 win
» Notes: The semifinal series saw Brewer revert back to the mean after tremendous production in the quarterfinals against Dallas. Nevertheless, Brewer saw 23+ minutes in all seven games and served as Houston’s best reserve.

» Playoffs: The Rockets defeated the No. 3 seed Los Angeles Clippers 4-3 in seven games and will face the No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

ELIMINATED
C JOAKIM NOAH, (3) Chicago Bulls: GP/GS (6/6), MIN (32.3), PPG (5.0), RPG (10.3), APG (2.0), SPG (0.5), BPG (1.3), FG% (.333), 3P% (.000), FT% (.600)
» Notes: Noah dealt with knee and hamstring tendonitis stemming from surgery and has been unable to play up to his potential. He registered three blocks in Game 3 and combined for 26 in rebounds in Games 3 and 4.

» Playoffs: The Bulls fell to the No. 2 seed Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 in six games.

G BRADLEY BEAL, (5) Washington Wizards: GP/GS (6/6), MIN (41.8), PPG (25.2), RPG (5.7), APG (5.0), SPG (1.7), BPG (0.7), FG% (.419), 3P% (.389), FT% (.853)
» Highlights: 16 points, nine rebounds, six assists in Game 1; 28 points in Game 2
» Notes: Beal improved his averages in every category except blocks per game (-0.1) from the first round to the second. He scored 16+ points in 17 straight games and posted 28 or more four times in the playoffs. Beal also led Washington in scoring in five of its six games this series, finishing second by just one point in the sixth game.

» Playoffs: The Wizards fell to the No. 1 seed Atlanta Hawks 4-2 in six games.

PG NICK CALATHES, (5) Memphis Grizzlies: GP/GS (4/1), MIN (8.8), PPG (0.0), RPG (1.0), APG (1.2), SPG (1.0), BPG (0.0), FG% (.000), 3P% (.000), FT% (.000)
» Notes: After starting Game 1, Calathes’s role was significantly reduced. He only again saw legitimate minutes in a Game 5 Golden State 98-78 blowout.

» Playoffs: The Grizzlies fell to the No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors 4-2 in six games.

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