The 2017 NBA Playoffs will feature appearances from four former Gators and the winningest coach in UF men’s basketball history.
After signing a massive four-year, $113-million contract in the summer, Al Horford’s move to the Boston Celtics appears to be paying off for both parties.
The Dominican Republic native averaged 14 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Celtics, who secured the East’s No. 1 seed on Wednesday. Boston hosts No. 8 Chicago on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on TNT.
Al Horford is high on these Celtics: “These are the playoffs that I’ve looked forward to the most probably since I’ve been in the league.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 11, 2017
Brad Beal turned in a career-best season for the Washington Wizards, who open the series with the No. 5 Atlanta Hawks on Sunday at 1 p.m. The 23-year old former Gator averaged a career-high 23.1 points while shooting 48.2% from the field.
— Neil Greenberg (@ngreenberg) April 14, 2017
Former Gators forward Chandler Parsons won’t take the court for the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday as he remains sidelined with a torn meniscus. The Grizzlies will face the No. 2 San Antonio Spurs, who added former Gators forward and 11-year NBA veteran David Lee last summer.
After winning a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, former UF forward Marreese Speights is back in the playoffs with the No. 4-seed Los Angeles Clippers.
While averaging 8.7 points in a reserve role, Speights appeared in all 82 games, a career-high for the 29-year old St. Petersburg native.
And former Gators coach Billy Donovan has the Oklahoma City Thunder back in the playoffs as the No. 6 seed. Donovan and the Russell Westbrook-led Thunder travel to Houston on Sunday to open a series against the James Harden-led Rockets.
In case you (somehow) missed it, Westbrook had quite a season.
— Brad Galbreath (@bradgalbreath) April 5, 2017
— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) April 13, 2017