The University of Arizona

Ten Former Wildcats on NBA Rosters

By Arizona Athletics, January 3, 2012

Arizona has produced 10 or more professionals in nine of the last 12 seasons.

Chase Budinger begins his third NBA season with the Houston Rockets.
Chase Budinger begins his third NBA season with the Houston Rockets.

Ten former University of Arizona men's basketball players were on active National Basketball Association rosters as the league opened the 2011-12 season last week.

According to rosters listed on the NBA official website as of Dec. 24, the list of active players includes:

Jerryd Bayless (Toronto Raptors), Mike Bibby (New York Knicks), Chase Budinger (Houston Rockets), Channing Frye (Phoenix Suns), Jordan Hill (Houston Rockets), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), Richard Jefferson (San Antonio Spurs), Jason Terry (Dallas Mavericks), Luke Walton (Los Angeles Lakers) and Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves).

Arizona is tied for eighth nationally in terms of active NBA player production. Here is the complete list:

1. Duke, 17

2. UCLA, 15; Kentucky, 15

4. Texas, 13; Connecticut, 13

6. North Carolina, 12; Kansas, 12

8. Arizona, 10; Florida, 10

This marks the 12th consecutive season in which at least eight former Wildcats have opened the season on active NBA rosters. In nine of those seasons, the number was 10 or more.

Arizona's total helped the Pac-12 Conference tally 53 active NBA players, a figure that ranked second nationally. Here is the breakdown by league.

1. Atlantic Coast, 62

2. Pac-12, 53

3. Big East, 49

4. Southeastern, 45

5. Big 12, 40

6. Big Ten, 25