66 former Pac-12 student-athletes on 2021-22 NBA opening day rosters
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 will have 66 former men's basketball student-athletes on NBA opening day rosters entering the 2021-22 season, which tips off on Tuesday. The Conference is represented by each of its 12 members and on 26-of-30 NBA franchises.
The 66 former standouts are a reflection of the NBA's 17-player roster limit, which includes up to two 2-way contracts that allow flexibility between a franchise's parent and G-League affiliate. Four former Pac-12 standouts signed two-way deals to give the league a total of 62 former student-athletes on full contract.
In comparing conference totals, the Pac-12 is third only to the ACC, which entered the NBA season with a total of 79 on rosters and 72 excluding two-way deals, and the SEC (76/70).
Based on per-membership averages, the Pac-12 leads all leagues with 5.5 per school and 5.2 excluding two-ways.
In addition to the former standouts on team rosters, the Pac-12 leads all collegiate leagues with alumni as NBA head coaches with five - Chauncey Billups (Colorado/Trail Blazers), Steve Kerr (Arizona/Warriors), Jason Kidd (California/Mavericks), Jamahl Mosley (Colorado/Magic), Luke Walton (Arizona/Kings).
The Pac-12 saw four players selected in the 2021 NBA Draft, including a national-best three lottery picks in Evan Mobley, Ziaire Williams and Chris Duarte.
There have been 72 total Draft selections (41 First Round, 16 Lottery) in the Pac-12 era, the third-most nationally behind the ACC (98/59/29) and SEC (86/51/28).
FORMER STUDENT-ATHLETES BY CONFERENCE
(Full & 2-Way)
|Avg. per Membership||Student-Athletes
|Avg. per Membership|
FORMER STUDENT-ATHLETES BY PAC-12 TEAMS
FORMER PAC-12 STUDENT-ATHLETES BY NBA TEAMS
|Atlanta Hawks (3)||Solomon Hill - ARIZ; Onyeka Okongwu - USC; Delon Wright - UTAH|
|Boston Celtics (2)||Jaylen Brown - CAL; Payton Pritchard - ORE|
|Brooklyn Nets (1)||James Harden - ASU|
|Charlotte Hornets (0)||None|
|Chicago Bulls (5)||Lonzo Ball - UCLA; Troy Brown - ORE; DeMar DeRozan - USC; Zach LaVine - UCLA; Nikola Vucevic - USC|
|Cleveland Cavaliers (3)||Kevin Love - UCLA; Lauri Markkanen - ARIZ; Evan Mobley - USC|
|Dallas Mavericks (4)||Moses Brown - UCLA; Josh Green - ARIZ; Eugene Omoruyi - ORE (TW); Dwight Powell - STAN|
|Denver Nuggets (3)||Bol Bol - ORE; Aaron Gordon - ARIZ; Zeke Nnaji - ARIZ|
|Detroit Pistons (2)||Chris Smith - UCLA (TW); Isaiah Stewart - WASH|
|Golden State Warriors (4)||Andre Iguodala - ARIZ; Kevon Looney - UCLA; Gary Payton II - OSU; Klay Thompson - WSU|
|Houston Rockets (2)||Josh Christopher - ASU; Kevin Porter - USC|
|Indiana Pacers (3)||Chris Duarte - ORE; Justin Holiday - WASH; T.J. McConnell - ARIZ|
|Los Angeles Clippers (0)||None|
|Los Angeles Lakers (2)||Trevor Ariza - UCLA; Russell Westbrook - UCLA|
|Memphis Grizzlies (4)||Dillon Brooks - ORE; Kyle Anderson - UCLA; De'Anthony Melton - USC; Ziaire Williams - STAN|
|Miami Heat (2)||Dewayne Dedmon - USC; KZ Okpala - STAN|
|Milwaukee Bucks (2)||Brook Lopez - STAN; Jrue Holiday - UCLA|
|Minnesota Timberwolves (4)||Jaden McDaniels - WASH; Jordan McLaughlin - USC; Jaylen Nowell - WASH; McKinley Wright IV, COLO (TW)|
|New Orleans Pelicans (0)||None|
|New York Knicks (2)||Alec Burks - COLO; Taj Gibson - USC|
|Oklahoma City Thunder (1)||Luguentz Dort - ASU|
|Orlando Magic (3)||Markelle Fultz - WASH; Robin Lopez - STAN; Terrence Ross - WASH|
|Philadelphia 76ers (1)||Matisse Thybulle - WASH|
|Phoenix Suns (1)||Deandre Ayton - ARIZ|
|Portland Trailblazers (2)||CJ Elleby - WSU; Norman Powell - UCLA|
|Sacramento Kings (2)||Louis King - ORE (TW); Chimezie Metu - USC|
|San Antonio Spurs (4)||Drew Eubanks - OSU; Dejounte Murray - WASH; Jakob Poeltl - UTAH; Derrick White - COLO|
|Toronto Raptors (1)||Chris Boucher - ORE|
|Utah Jazz (0)||None|
|Washington Wizards (3)||Spencer Dinwiddie - COLO; Aaron Holiday - UCLA; Kyle Kuzma - UTAH|