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UCLA's December 2021 NBA Update

Dec 28, 2021
Chicago's Zach LaVine (photo by David Banks, USA Today Sports)

More than two months into the NBA's 2021-22 regular season, UCLA has seen 12 of its former players take the court for nine different teams.
 
Most notably, six of UCLA's former players have averaged at least 10 points per game and six Bruins have registered at least five rebounds per contest. Leading the group of Bruins – from a scoring standpoint – has been Zach LaVine (26.3 points per game) of the Chicago Bulls and Russell Westbrook (19.6) of the Los Angeles Lakers.
 
UCLA's four other double-figure scorers, by scoring average, have included Norman Powell (18.0 points per game, Portland Trail Blazers), Jrue Holiday (17.8 ppg, Milwaukee Bucks), Lonzo Ball (13.2 ppg, Chicago Bulls) and Kevin Love (12.8 ppg, Cleveland Cavaliers).
 
Other contributors from UCLA's program have included Kyle Anderson with the Memphis Grizzlies, Aaron Holiday with the Washington Wizards, Kevon Looney with the Golden State Warriors and Moses Brown with the Dallas Mavericks.
 
Five of UCLA's former players have averaged at least 30 minutes per game this season. That list includes Westbrook (36.0 minutes per game), Ball (35.6 mpg), LaVine (35.0 mpg), Jrue Holiday (32.9 mpg) and Powell (32.2 mpg).
 
LaVine, now in his eighth NBA season, has averaged 26.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 28 games for Chicago. LaVine has teammed with former UCLA standout guard Lonzo Ball with the Bulls, helping lead the team to a 21-10 overall record (currently, the second-best mark among teams in the Eastern Conference). Ball has averaged 13.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. In addition, Ball has shot a career-best 41.8% from the field and 41.9% from 3-point territory.
 
Powell, currently in his seventh NBA season, has registered 18.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game (28 contests). A four-year player with UCLA from 2012-15, Powell has shot 46.6% from the field and a career-best 41.5% from 3-point distance.
 
Westbrook, now in 14th NBA season and his first with the Lakers, has averaged 19.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 8.1 assists in 34 games. He is currently teammates with former UCLA standouts Trevor Ariza (2003-04 season at UCLA) and Darren Collison (2006-09). Limited by injury, Ariza has played in just two games. Collison signed with the Lakers within the last week and has played in one game.
 
Jrue Holiday, currently in his 13th NBA season, has averaged 17.8 points and 4.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 28 games for the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks. Holiday has shot 48.9% from the field and 36.1% from 3-point distance.
 
Love, now in his 14th NBA season, has registered 12.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25 games with the Cleveland Cavs.
 
Anderson has helped guide the Memphis Grizzlies to a 21-14 overall record. Now in his eighth NBA season, Anderson has averaged 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 30 games. He has shot a career-best 37.5% from 3-point range.
 
Looney has steered the Golden State Warriors to a league-best 27-6 overall record. A two-time NBA champion (both titles coming with Golden State), Looney has averaged 5.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 33 games. He has averaged 19.0 minutes per contest this season, having shot 54.4% from the field.