12 Gators on NBA openning rosters

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    We all pretty much knew this, but Donovan tweeted it:

    For us old time fans, that is quite amazing:

    PG: Calathes,
    SG: Beal, Miller
    SF: Brewer, Parsons
    PF: Bonner, Lee, Haslem, Murphy, Speights
    C: Horford, Noah
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    I read sometime back that Boynton signed to play in Israel. Has Rosario lined up a basketball gig overseas or in the NBDL?
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    That would make a pretty good NBA team. All Stars at Center, Parsons will be an All Star wing, Beal will be an All Star, and the rest of them are in no way ordinary. Would win a lot of games!
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    Not trying to diminish the talent on that team (its there), but the NBA is very dependent on point guard play right now. That'd be the obvious achillies heel on this team. Wait a while and Hill will help this team out a lot.
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    Right, think of the Heat the last two year, the Mavs before them, the Lakers for two years before that, then the Spurs. Do you really think of PG with all those teams?

    Seriously, yes that "team" of NBA Gators would lack PG unless Calathes is ready now. The NBA in not nearly a dependent on PG play as 1950s, 1960s and the early and mid 1970s when it was PG and post league much more so than now.
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    How's this stack up to other schools' NBA presence? Anyone have an easy reference for me?
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    Insti, it was a nice way of saying 'ole Calethes wouldn't cut it as the ONLY point guard on an NBA team. Disagree? Think that team (yes I agree its an arbitrary group to call a team) would win a lot of games? The last few years have shown how important a point guard is in the NBA. An elite point guard isn't required, but c'mon...

    Your 3 examples are teams with a point guard named Tony Parker (did you really use the spurs as an example?), or teams that have someone named either Kobe Bryant or Lebron AND Dwayne Wade. I hardly think they're representative and I do not see similar players on the roster listed in this thread.
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    Personally, I am fascinated to see how Calathes looks in the NBA this year. I think we would all agree that few humans can pass like that guy. On the other hand, passing isn't the only thing a PG needs to do. But back to the first hand, it is among the most important.
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    http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/alumni-tracker/school/5812

    I don't have time to check all the main schools, but so far I have

    Kentucky - 22
    Kansas - 18
    Duke - 15
    UNC - 15

    Thats all I have above UF so far.

    One of the things that keeps these lineups from being phenomenal is how some of the best players in the league skipped college. Being a UK fan, its not surprising I think they probably have the best lineup. But I only barely follow the NBA and could be convinced otherwise possibly.

    Teams that produced great players like Tim Duncan and Chris Paul (Wake Forrest), really haven't produced much else.
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    When I posted I almost included a caveat on waiting until Hill came to make it a complete team. However, considering he hasn't played a college game yet it seemed a stretch. I mean nobody can jump from HS to being an elite NBA point guard, koboby can, right? Sent from my iPad using GatorCountry
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    Also worthy of note:

    UGA - 2
    FSU - 4
    Tenn - 2
    The Ewe - 6
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    Think it says a lot about Donovan. Keep in mind the list will grow with Hill, Fraizer, Walker, DFS, Young, eventually Devin Robinson it looks like.

    I was also surprised to see how few last years title game teams (UL and Michigan) had.
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    They are not my 3 examples, they are the teams that won the NBA title in the last five to eight years. When the Spurs won the NBA title, Parker was younger and not nearly as important to that team as he is to the current Spurs.

    It will be interesting to see if Calathes has the handle to play NBA basketball now that he has four years of pro experience. Was fancy but not secure with his handle at UF some of the time.
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    Lots of ways to build great NBA teams w/o an outstanding PG. The MJ era Bulls is an obvious example. None of those former Gators are even close to MJ status, however.
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    Well, I guess it is possible that Haslem, Bonner etc will live forever or at least stay in the NBA a few more years. I would not be shocked, if Murphy only lasted a year or part of a year ala Macklin and Bonner and Haslem are not in the NBA by the time those guys above make it there. So I will be pleased if UF can maintain 12. If UF gets towards 15, I will be pretty amazed.
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    UK had 22, but 2/3rd's are 1 and Dones

    Not quite as satisfying in my opinion
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    Maybe not as satisfying as watching a Haslem or Noah make the transition, but I doubt any of us feel that Beal is any less of a Gator.
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    Interesting discussion that REM started, as usual, also interesting that the Gators are behind only Kentucky, Duke, UNC, Arizona and UCLA. Not that players in the NBA is any way to judge either a college team or a college coach. And we may well recall that before Noah, Horford and Brewer, Billy D decided to emphasize likely 4-year players rather than top 25 players in his recruiting. Had he continued to emphasize Top 25 players (like David Lee, Kwame Brown and White), there would likely be more Gators on that list and fewer Gators playing in Europe and other places.

    Usually, I say that a team goes about as far as their PG takes them (much like a football team goes as far as their QB takes them, usually). However, as Insti and Lurker point out, basketball teams can function effectively in more than one way, and the thing about Billy D's players, is that he emphasizes ball handling and passing at all positions. Heck Miller can do a very good job at PG, and so, likely can Noah, or almost any of the others in that list. Teams like that are not as dependent on the PG as are teams that really have only one or two outstanding ball handlers and assist generators.

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