2015 NBA Finals: Five Pac-12 alums to play for NBA title
The 2015 NBA Finals will have a distinct West Coast flavor to it, and it's not just because the Golden State Warriors are there.
Five players who cut their teeth in the Pac-12 dot the rosters of the Warriors and their opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here's a little on each of them:
- Kevin Love (UCLA) of Cleveland is sidelined after having surgery to repair a severe shoulder injury that he sustained in the first round of the playoffs; nonetheless, he's still traveling with the team as they make their first Finals appearance since 2007. Before being hurt, Love was averaging 14.3 points and 7 rebounds per game.
- Sharpshooter Klay Thompson (Washington State) has been simply lights out for Golden State as the team captured its first Western Conference title since 1975. In 15 games, Thompson has shot a staggering 42.5 percent from three-point land, posting 19.7 points per game.
- Andrew Bogut (Utah) has been his usual self up the middle for the Dubs, pulling down more than 8 rebounds per game throughout his team's playoff run.
- One of the many points of pride from Tucson, Arizona's Andre Iguodala is throwing his weight around, averaging 8 points per game off the bench.
- He's only seen action in four games so far in the postseason, but Justin Holiday (Washington) has been around to provide depth off the bench for Golden State.
- Lest we forget, Golden State is led by Arizona alum Steve Kerr as their head coach in just his first year on the sidelines.
No matter what, someone from the Pac-12 will be earning a championship ring this season. The NBA Finals start on June 4.