UCLA – Point Guard University

After enjoying seeing two wonderful point guards battle last night in the Thunder vs. Hornets game, I ‘happened’ to notice that both of these speed demon playmakers happened to attend the same school – UCLA.

This had me thinking, and I didn’t need to think terribly hard to put some pieces together. . .UCLA has SEVEN point guards playing concurrently in the NBA. I am not certain about this (help welcomed), but I’m not certain any university has produced seven NBA point guards TOTAL.

From this point forward, UCLA is heretofore known as POINT GUARD UNIVERSITY.

Check out this list:
Baron Davis –
UCLA Point Guard, 1997 – 1999
Earl Watson –
UCLA Point Guard, 1997 – 2001
Cedric Bozeman,
UCLA Point Guard, 2001- 2004*
Jordan Farmar – UCLA Point Guard, 2004 – 2006
Arron Afflalo-
UCLA Point Guard, 2004 – 2007
Russell Westbrook- UCLA Point Guard, 2006 – 2008
Darren Collison- UCLA Point Guard, 2005 – 2009
Jrue Holiday-
UCLA Point Guard, 2008 -2009

*Bozeman was a tall point guard in the same vain as Magic Johnson, a McDonald’s All-American that tore his ACL as a sophomore and never fulfilled his potential as an offensive playmaker. That said, he still played two years in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks.

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Take a look at the year-to-date stats for each of the contributors:

UCLA Point Guard MPG PPG APG Steals
Baron Davis 34 15 8 1.7
Earl Watson 28 7.4 4.6 1.2
Jordan Farmar 18 7.5 1.6 0.7
Arron Afflalo 27 9 1.7 0.6
Russell Westbrook 35 16.7 7.9 1.4
Darren Collison 25 10.9 5.1 1
Jrue Holiday 21 6.9 3 0.82

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In short, this is an amazing feat and Ben Howland should be commended, and perhaps not fired as some bloggers have indicated. This is a reflection of a great program with a great reputation, and further builds upon the mystique and mythology associated with the Bruin Nation.

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11 comments

  1. crgreen

    28 Bruin Pt Guards have played in the NBA over the last 46 years, and yes, it is far and away the most from any school. In fact, UCLA has had a player on its roster who reached the NBA EVERY YEAR who played PG for them (or, like Westbrook & Holliday, played PG in the NBA) since 1962, with the exception of 1966 (when the player John Wooden called his BEST PG – Mike Warren – was the PG and who turned own a chance to play in the league for an acting career)….

    Walt Hazzard, Gail Goodrich, Kieth Erickson, Lucius Allen, John Vallely, Henry Bibby, Greg Lee, Andre McCarter, Ray Townsend, Roy Hamilton, Brad Holland, Mike Holton, Rod Foster, Ralph Jackson, Corey Gaines, Pooh Richardson, Gerald Madkins, Darrick Martin, Tyus Edney, Toby Bailey, Baron Davis, Earl Watson, Ced Bozeman, Jordan Farmar, Arron Afflalo, Darren Collison, Russell WestBrook, Jrue Holliday…

    I believe North Carolina is next with 17….

  2. ochocinco85

    First of all, this is a hell of a stat. Second, Russell Westbrook is one of the best point guards in the league. Lastly, WOW. WOW WOW WOW.

  3. rezmarketmaker

    ucla is so sweet
    love that point guard analysis
    i take pride in that
    bc they are smart bbball players
    especially westbrook and collins
    they will be allstars

  4. kjsactown

    Basically, the Pac-10 is the most dominant conference in the nation when it comes to Point Guards. Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, all of the Zona Wildcats (stoudamire, terry, bibby). Dominance.

  5. steelersfanbigben

    i would still take the north carolina 17 over these bruins. fact is, they are all mediocre from UCLA. north carolina = hall of fame.

    • steelersfanbigbenisretarded

      HOF? Really? SGs and SFs yes but PGs, not a chance. The best you got in the league right now is Raymond Felton (Lawson is solid and will get better) but the Bruins have two that are better than Felton (Davis and Westbrook) and a rookie (Collison) that’s right behind him.

  6. jose bernstein

    hey steelersfanbigben – name those 17 then. you make the statement – back it up, like roethlesberger in court

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  8. steelersfanbigben

    jose you are out of your mind michael jordan alone is better than all 28 point guarads from ucla

  9. crgreen

    “jordan alone is better than all 28 point guarads from ucla”

    Steelerfanbigben:

    You are aware we’re talking POINT guards, not Small Forwards/Shooting guards, right?

    Might as well get into the Abdul-Jabbar/Jordan debate – Jordan didn’t play CENTER either….

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