56 former Pac-12 student-athletes on NBA rosters

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SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 has 56 former student-athletes on NBA opening day rosters. The 2016-17 NBA season opens Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Pac-12 member institutions have representation on 26 of the 30 NBA teams. The Pac-12 had five players taken in the latest NBA draft, including an NCAA-best three lottery picks, and have had 28 players selected over the last four years.

From a program perspective, the Pac-12 is tied with the ACC and SEC with three teams among the top 10 programs with the most former student-athletes in the NBA. UCLA leads the Pac-12 and is fifth in the country with 13 former Bruins on NBA rosters, ARIZONA is second in the Conference and sixth in the nation with 12, and WASHINGTON is third in the league and tied for ninth nationally with eight.

In a conference comparison, the Pac-12 has the third-most players on NBA rosters, trailing only the ACC's 77 and the SEC's 61. The Big Ten has 40 former players in the NBA, the Big 12 has 34 and the Big East has 28.

The Toronto Raptors, runners-up in the Eastern Conference last season, will debut with six former Pac-12 student-athletes on their roster, the highest number of conference athletes on a single team. Nine NBA teams feature three former Pac-12 student-athletes on their rosters, including the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, both Western Conference finalists in the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder, and playoff teams Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. 

FORMER STUDENT-ATHLETES BY CONFERENCE

  Conference Student-Athletes Avg. per Membership
1. ACC 77 5.1
2. SEC 61 4.4
3. Pac-12 56 4.7
4. Big Ten 40 2.9
5. Big 12 34 3.4
6. Big East 28 2.8

FORMER STUDENT-ATHLETES BY PAC-12 TEAMS

  Team Student-Athletes
1. UCLA 13
2. Arizona 12
3. Washington 8
4. USC 5
5. Stanford 4
T6. California 3
T6. Oregon 3
T6. Utah 3
T9. Colorado 2
T9. Washington State 2
11. Arizona State 1
12. Oregon State 0

FORMER STUDENT-ATHLETES BY NBA TEAMS

Team Former Student-Athletes
Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown - CAL; Isaiah Thomas - WASH
Brooklyn Nets Brook Lopez - STAN; Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, ARIZ
New York Knicks Justin Holiday - WASH
Philadelphia 76ers Jerryd Bayless - ARIZ; T.J. McConnell - ARIZ
Toronto Raptors Jakob Poeltl - UTAH; DeMar DeRozan - USC; Norman Powell - UCLA; Terrence Ross - WASH; E.J. Singler - ORE; Delon Wright - UTAH
Chicago Bulls Taj Gibson - USC; Robin Lopez - STAN
Cleveland Cavaliers Channing Frye - ARIZ; Richard Jefferson - ARIZ; Kevin Love - UCLA
Detroit Pistons Aron Baynes - WSU; Stanley Johnson - ARIZ
Indiana Pacers Aaron Brooks - ORE; Joe Young - ORE
Milwaukee Bucks Jason Terry - ARIZ
Charlotte Hornets Spencer Hawes - WASH
Orlando Magic Aaron Gordon - ARIZ; Nikola Vucevic - USC; C.J. Wilcox - WASH
Minnesota Timberwolves Jordan Hill - ARIZ; Zach LaVine - UCLA; Shabazz Muhammad - UCLA
Oklahoma City Thunder Josh Huestis - STAN; Andre Roberson - COLO; Russell Westbrook - UCLA
Portland Trailblazers Allen Crabbe - CAL
Utah Jazz Alec Burks - COLO
Golden State Warriors Andre Iguodala - ARIZ; Kevon Looney - UCLA; Klay Thompson - WSU
Los Angeles Clippers Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - UCLA
Los Angeles Lakers Nick Young - USC
Sacramento Kings Aron Afflalo - UCLA; Matt Barnes - UCLA; Darren Collison - UCLA
Dallas Mavericks Andrew Bogut - UTAH; Dwight Powell - STAN
Houston Rockets Ryan Anderson - CAL; Trevor Ariza - UCLA; James Harden - ASU
New Orleans Pelicans Solomon Hill - ARIZ; Jrue Holiday - UCLA; Quincy Pondexter - WASH
San Antonio Spurs Kyle Anderson - UCLA; Dewayne Dedmon - USC; Dejounte Murray - WASH
Phoenix Suns Marquese Chriss - WASH
Miami Heat Derrick Williams - ARIZ

 

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