Current NBA Players (14): Arron Afflalo (Nuggets), Trevor Ariza (Hornets), Matt Barnes (Lakers), Darren Collison (Pacers), Baron Davis (Cavaliers), Jordan Farmar (Nets), Dan Gadzuric (Nets), Jrue Holiday (76ers), Ryan Hollins (Cavaliers), Jason Kapono (76ers), Kevin Love (Timberwolves - right), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Bucks), Earl Watson (Jazz), Russell Westbrook (Thunder - left)
The program with the most championships in NCAA basketball history is also the one with the most players currently in the NBA. While none of the 14 current NBA players are from any of those 11 national championship teams, it doesn’t make their impact on the NBA any less significant.
A good chunk of the current NBA Bruins alumni come from the Ben Howland coached teams that made three consecutive Final Fours from 2006 to 2008. Howland’s focus on defense has led the program back to national prominence and produced a slew of NBA-ready athletes. They aren’t quite on par with some of the UCLA stars of yesteryear, but these Bruins are certainly making a name for themselves in the NBA.
While conference rival Arizona gets the reputation for being Point Guard U, UCLA has its own to stake that claim. With Westbrook, Collison, and Holiday from the Howland teams joining Davis and Watson from the Steve Lavin years, UCLA has had an embarrassment of riches at the point guard position in its recent history.
Expect two more Bruins to join the NBA ranks this year, as Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee are both locks to get drafted Thursday night.