TWO BITS: Gators in NBA, Horford improving

By Adam Silverstein
September 30, 2014

1 » Training camp for many NBA teams begins on Tuesday and there are currently 15 former Florida Gators on rosters with 12 assured of making the cut out of training camp this season. Guard Bradley Beal (Washington), forward Matt Bonner (San Antonio), F Corey Brewer (Minnesota), point guard Nick Calathes (Memphis), power forward Udonis Haslem (Miami), PF Al Horford (Atlanta), PF David Lee (Golden State), F Mike Miller (Cleveland), center Joakim Noah (Chicago), F Chandler Parsons (Dallas), PF Marreese Speights (Golden State) and C Patric Young (New Orleans) will all certainly find their way onto regular-season rosters. Also competing in training camp right now are PF Vernon Macklin (New Orleans), F Erik Murphy (Boston) and F Casey Prather (Phoenix). Murphy has barely played since being selected in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft and will be on his fourth team in just over one full season. Macklin and Prather both received non-guaranteed, league-minimum training camp contracts.

2 » Though Horford will be in practice with the Atlanta Hawks, he has not yet been cleared for contact following his second torn pectoral in the last three seasons. Head coach Mike Budenholzer told The Atlanta-Journal Constitution that Horford is “not at 100 percent” but should be ready to start for the Hawks on opening night. “He’s had a heck of a summer,” he said. “Al is diligent and works hard and takes care of himself, so I think that will all be in a good place.” Horford was averaging a career-high 18.6 points per game in his 29 starts with Atlanta last season. The two-time NBA All-Star finished the 2012-13 campaign with a double-double average of 17.4 points and 10.2 rebounds.

In other Horford news, he and his wife announced a pregnancy on Monday with this (let’s be honest, pretty damn cute) Instagram posting.

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