Pac-12 Men's Basketball again leading way in NBA Finals

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SAN FRANCISCO - Thanks, in large part, to the burgeoning dynasty of the Golden State Warriors, Pac-12 men's basketball will lead the way in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season when the 2019 title series tips off on Thursday, May 30.

Eight former Pac-12 standouts are part of the active rosters for the Western Conference champion Warriors and Eastern Conference representative Toronto Raptors, more than double the next closest league (SEC - 3). Beyond the on-court representation, the Warriors boast a trio of former Pac-12 standouts on the sidelines in head coach Steve Kerr (Arizona) and assistants Jarron Collins (Stanford) and Bruce Fraser (Arizona) as well as general manager Bob Myers (UCLA).

After opening the 2018-19 NBA regular season (69, trailing only the ACC's 83) and 2019 postseason (34, trailing only the ACC's 43) with the second-most active players, the Pac-12 once again outpaced all collegiate leagues in the Conference Finals (nine, ahead of the ACC's seven) for the fourth straight year and now for the upcoming Finals between the Warriors and Raptors.

The Conference had representation on 13-of-16 Playoff teams and from all 12 members.

FORMER STUDENT-ATHLETES ON 2019 NBA PLAYOFFS ROSTERS BY CONFERENCE
(excludes two-way contracts)

  Conference Student-Athletes Avg. per Membership
1. ACC 43 2.9
2. Pac-12 34 2.8
3. SEC 27 1.9
4. Big 12 23 2.3
5. Big Ten 15 1.1
6. Big East 14 1.4

FORMER STUDENT-ATHLETES ON NBA PLAYOFFS ROSTERS BY PAC-12 TEAMS
(excludes two-way contracts)

  Team Student-Athletes
1. UCLA 7
2. Washington 5
3. Arizona 4
T4. California 3
T4. Colorado 3
T4. USC 3
T7. Oregon 2
T7. Utah 2
T7. Washington State 2
T10. Arizona State 1
T10. Stanford 1
T10. Oregon State 1

FORMER PAC-12 STUDENT-ATHLETES ON NBA PLAYOFFS ROSTERS

Team Former Student-Athletes
Boston Celtics Aron Baynes - WSU; Jaylen Brown - CAL
Brooklyn Nets Allen Crabbe - CAL; Spencer Dinwiddie - COLO; Rondae Hollis-Jefferson - ARIZ
Denver Nuggets Isaiah Thomas - WASH; Thomas Welsh (TW) - UCLA
Detroit Pistons None
Golden State Warriors Jordan Bell - ORE; Andrew Bogut - UTAH; Andre Iguodala - ARIZ; Kevon Looney - UCLA; Klay Thompson - WSU
Houston Rockets James Harden - ASU
Indiana Pacers Darren Collison - UCLA; Aaron Holiday - UCLA; TJ Leaf - UCLA
LA Clippers Tyrone Wallace - CAL
Milwaukee Bucks Brook Lopez - STAN
Oklahoma City Thunder Andre Roberson - COLO; Russell Westbrook - UCLA
Orlando Magic Markelle Fultz - WASH; Aaron Gordon - ARIZ; Terrence Ross - WASH; Nikola Vucevic - USC
Philadelphia 76ers Jonah Bolden - UCLA; T.J. McConnell - ARIZ
Portland Trailblazers None
San Antonio Spurs DeMar DeRozan - USC; Drew Eubanks (TW) - OSU; Chimezie Metu - USC; Dejounte Murray - WASH; Jakob Poeltl - UTAH; Quincy Pondexter - WASH; Derrick White - COLO
Toronto Raptors Chris Boucher - ORE; Eric Moreland - OSU; Norman Powell - UCLA 
Utah Jazz None

 

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