Longhorns Tearing Up NBA

Kevin Durant (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Most Longhorn fans remember to keep an eye for Kevin Durant and T.J. Ford in the NBA circuit, but many people forget that Rick Barnes has eight players earning their keep in the league. As the regular season winds down, Burnt Orange Beat summarizes each player's season.

The Texas Longhorns have more than a couple of faces in the NBA. In addition to several Western Conference forward standouts and possible All-Stars, the Longhorns have a couple of standout sixth men, and a stud rookie. Five Longhorns will be in the playoffs this year. Here is a breakdown of every former Texas hoopster:


LaMarcus Aldridge, Forward (2004-06), Portland
3rd season, all with Portland
Ranks 30th in scoring at 18.3 points per game and 27th in rebounding at ?7.5
Shooting 48.4% from the field and 78.1% from the free throw line
Started all 80 games, averaging 37.2 minutes
19 double doubles on the season
Scored 20 or more points in 37 games
Scored a season-high 35 to go with 18 rebounds April 3 at Oklahoma City
Career averages of 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks

D.J. Augustin, Guard (2006-08), Charlotte
1st season as a pro after being selected 9th overall
Has appeared in 71 games logging 26.3 minutes per game
Averages 11.8 points and is 43rd in assists at 3.5 assists as well as 1.9 rebounds
Shooting 44.6% from three-point land (5th in the league) and 89.0% from FT line (7th in the league)
Scored 20 or more points 10 times with a season and career high of 29 on December 16 in a 110-101 win over Chicago
Three games of 10 or more assists on the season

Kevin Durant, Forward (2006-07), Oklahoma City
2nd season as a pro, 1st in OKC after franchise moved from Seattle
Sixth in the league in scoring at 25.3 points per game to go with 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists
Improved his three-point percentage from 28.8% his rookie season to 41.9% this year (18th in the league). His field goal percentage is up to 47.5% from 43.0% a season ago.
Ranks 24th in free throw percentage at 86.4%
Started every game of his career (153 in total)
21 games of 30 or more points on the season, including three of 40 or more
15 double doubles on the season
Career averages of 22.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists

Maurice Evans, Guard (2000-01), Atlanta
Leads the Hawks off the bench 7.0 points and 3.0 rebounds
Ranks 46th in the league in three-point percentage at 39.4% with 95 makes
Eleven games of 15 points or more on the season with a season-high of 21 twice
Sixth team in NBA (Minnesota, Sacramento, Detroit, LA Lakers, Orlando)
Career averages of 7.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 385 games

T.J. Ford, Guard (2001-03), Indiana
5th season, 6th in league (missed 04-05 season with injury)
Third team (Milwaukee and Toronto)
Averages 14.0 points per contest and is 19th in the league in assists at 5.3 assists along with? 3.5 rebounds
Four double doubles and 21 games of 20 points or more on the season
Scored a career-high 36 points against the New York Knicks January 31
Appeared in 72 games, averaging 30.7 minutes
Ford has career numbers of 12.4 points, 6.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 326 games

Daniel Gibson, Guard (2004-06), Cleveland
3rd year as a pro, all with Cavaliers
Leads the Cavaliers off the bench (0 starts this season)
7.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists in 23.7 minutes
104 three-point makes
Nine games of scoring 15 or more points on the season with a season-high of 25
Missed almost two weeks after spraining a toe on December 9th against Philadelphia
Career averages of 7.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Sits at 41.2% from three (274-665) for his career

Royal Ivey, Guard (2000-04), Philadelphia
5th season in league, 1st with Philadelphia (also with Atlanta and Milwaukee)
3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 12.1 minutes
Two double figure scoring games
Appeared in 69 games with 0 starts
Career averages of 3.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 332 games

Chris Mihm, Center (1997-2000), Memphis Grizzlies
8th season in league, 1st with the Grizzlies (also with Cleveland, Boston and the Lakers)
2.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists in 5.8 minutes
Mihm has only appeared in 18 games this season
Career averages of 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block in 436 games
Career year came in the 2004-05 season with the Lakers averaging 9.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 75 games

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