Ten of the 11 former Florida Gators basketball players in NBA advanced to the league’s postseason for the 2014-15 season. 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.
Three have since advanced to the 2015 NBA Finals, representing both of the teams remaining in the field. As such, a former Florida player is guaranteed to win the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive season.
OnlyGators.com breaks down how each player fared during the Conference Finals as well as their respective outlooks going forward.
F MIKE MILLER, (2) Cleveland Cavaliers: GP/GS (1/0), MIN (5.0), PPG (3.0), RPG (0.0), APG (0.0), SPG (0.0), BPG (0.0), FG% (1.000), 3P% (1.000), FT% (.000)
» Notes: Miller started Game 1 of the Conference Semifinals but has only played in four of 14 playoff games for Cleveland. He saw five minutes of action in Game 5 of the Conference Finals and hit a three while on the court. He is now 2-for-3 from beyond the arc in the 2014-15 postseason.
» Playoffs: The Cavs swept the No. 1 seed Atlanta Hawks in four games and will face the Western Conference No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
C DAVID LEE, (1) Golden State Warriors: GP/GS (3/0), MIN (3.0), PPG (1.0), RPG (1.8), APG (0.0), SPG (0.3), BPG (0.0), FG% (.400), 3P% (.000), FT% (.000)
» Notes: A career starter reduced to a reserve role this postseason, Lee played a significant role helping Golden State turn around the Conference Semifinals but hardly saw the court in the Conference Finals, totaling 12 minutes.
C MARREESE SPEIGHTS, (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: 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 has now missed seven straight games with the injury and is questionable for the NBA Finals but will have extra time to heal.
» Playoffs: The Warriors defeated the No. 2 seed Houston Rockets 4-1 in five games and will face the Eastern Conference No. 2 seed Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
C AL HORFORD, (1) Atlanta Hawks: GP/GS (4/4), MIN (29.0), PPG (11.0), RPG (4.8), APG (2.5), SPG (0.3), BPG (0.5), FG% (.583), 3P% (.000), FT% (.500)
» Highlight: 16 points (8-of-12 shooting), seven rebounds in Game 1
» Notes: Horford was suspended in Game 3 after receiving a flagrant two foul. His series averages were way down from the Conference Semifinals as Horford posted 5.8 fewer points, 5.0 fewer rebounds, 1.8 fewer assists and 1.8 fewer blocks. In Game 4, Horford was just 1-of-6 with two points, two boards and five dimes.
» Playoffs: The Hawks were swept by the No. 2 seed Cleveland Cavaliers in four games.
F COREY BREWER, (2) Houston Rockets: GP/GS (5/0), MIN (24.4), PPG (8.4), RPG (1.4), APG (1.0), SPG (0.8), BPG (0.2), FG% (.341), 3P% (.000), FT% (.700)
» Highlight: 16 points (5-of-10 shooting, 6-of-6 free throws), three rebounds in Game 5
» Notes: Brewer regressed in each series during the 2014-15 postseason and had little impact on Houston during the team’s only victory in the Conference Finals, going 0-for-4 with one point and two rebounds in 22 minutes of Game 4 action.
» Playoffs: The Rockets were defeated by the No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors 4-1 in five games.
C JOAKIM NOAH, (3) Chicago Bulls: Lost in Conference Semifinals
G BRADLEY BEAL, (5) Washington Wizards: Lost in Conference Semifinals
PG NICK CALATHES, (5) Memphis Grizzlies: Lost in Conference Semifinals
F CHANDLER PARSONS, Dallas Mavericks: Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
F MATT BONNER, San Antonio Spurs: Lost in Conference Quarterfinals