Six former Longhorns ready for NBA Playoffs
Aldridge (pictured), Bradley, Durant, Ford, Ivey and Pittman on postseason rosters.
April 15, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas — A total of six former University of Texas players will be involved in the upcoming 2011 NBA Playoffs beginning this weekend. LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Avery Bradley (Boston Celtics), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), T.J. Ford (Indiana Pacers), Royal Ivey (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Dexter Pittman (Miami Heat) all begin pursuit of the NBA Championship, as the first round of the Playoffs start on Saturday, April 16.
Aldridge and the Trail Blazers (48-34) claimed the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference and will face the third-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round. Aldridge, one of the top candidates for the league’s Most Improved Player award this year, led the team in scoring (21.8 ppg) and ranked second on the squad in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg). He is completing his fifth season in the NBA, all with the Trail Blazers.
Bradley and the Celtics (56-26) earned the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and will meet the sixth-seeded New York Knicks in the first round. Bradley has seen action in 31 games off the bench and averaged 1.7 points and 0.5 rebounds in 5.2 minutes per contest. He is completing his rookie season in the NBA.
Durant, Ivey and the Thunder (55-27) claimed the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and will face the fifth-seeded Denver Nuggets in the first round. Durant won the league’s scoring title (27.7 ppg) for the second consecutive season and also averaged 6.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 block per game. Ivey has seen action in 25 games off the bench and averaged 1.6 points and 0.6 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per contest. Durant is completing his fourth season in the league, all with the Thunder. Ivey is completing his seventh year in the NBA and first with the Thunder.
Ford and the Pacers (37-45) earned the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference and will meet the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in the first round. Ford has seen action in 41 games (three starts) and averaged 5.4 points and 3.4 assists in 18.9 minutes per contest. He is completing his seventh season in the NBA and third with the Pacers.
Pittman and the Heat (58-24) claimed the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and will face the seventh-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the first round. Pittman has seen action in two games off the bench this year. He is completing his rookie season in the NBA.