UCLA Bruins in the NBA – Opening Game Updates

In this post, Four UCLA Bruin Rookies On NBA Opening Day Rosters, I described the roles that the three first round picks from the Bruins would likely have as this NBA season begins, and I also mentioned how the New York Knicks signed the undrafted Travis Wear, who in a real surprise, made the opening day roster. I concluded by saying he is number four on the team’s depth chart at power forward, and who knows when and if he may actually enter a game.

Well, in each of their team’s season-openers, Kyle Anderson with San Antonio, Jordan Adams at Memphis, Zach LaVine with the Timberwolves, and Wear in NY, Wear was the only one to play, seeing six minutes of action in the Knick’s 24-point loss to the Bulls. Wear was one-of-three shooing, scoring two points, but committing two turnovers.

As to some other Bruins around the league, with Kevin Durant injured, former Bruin Russell Westbrook is now THE guy for the thunder, and in their opener he scored the league high for a game so far this season, 38, in only 33 minutes, in their loss to Portland. Former Clippers' back-up point guard Darren Collison is now the starter in Sacramento, and in their opening day loss to Golden State he scored 13, with eight assists and five steals.
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A year ago, amid much controversy, Shabazz Muhammad fled Westwood as the Timberwolves first round choice at number 14. He had injuries, and little playing time, in a disappointing rookie season, but under new coach Flip Saunders, he’s in the rotation right behind starter Corey Brewer at the small forward spot, and in 23 minutes last night hit five-of-ten shots, scoring 13 points, with seven rebounds and a steal.

There are now 15 former UCLA Bruins in the NBA. Among others starting the season with solid performances have been Arron Afflalo in Denver, Jrue Holiday in New Orleans, and Trevor Ariza with the 2-0 Houston Rockets. Kevin Love makes his debut with Cleveland tonight, as does Jordan Farmar as a member of the Clippers in their opener tonight against Westbrook and the Thunder.

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