Five Former UCLA Players Set for NBA Postseason

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The UCLA men’s basketball program has five former players who will be competing in the NBA’s postseason, which begins on Monday, Aug. 17.
 
Russell Westbrook (Houston), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Houston), Norman Powell (Toronto), Aaron Holiday (Indiana) and TJ Leaf (Indiana) have been part of NBA teams that have advanced to postseason play, after the league resumed action in Orlando, Fla., on July 30.
 
This will mark the fifth consecutive season in which Westbrook, now with the Houston Rockets, and Powell, in his fifth year with Toronto, will be competing in the NBA’s playoffs. In all, Westbrook has helped his NBA squad to postseason play in 10 of his 12 total NBA seasons. 
 
Westbrook and Mbah a Moute, who teamed together at UCLA in 2006-07 and 2007-08, have helped Houston secure the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. Houston will open postseason action against No. 5-seed Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Westbrook (27.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg) has averaged at least 20 points per game for 10 consecutive NBA seasons.
 
Powell was a major contributor to Toronto’s first-ever NBA championship last season and has averaged a career-best 16.0 points per game this year. Toronto, the No. 2-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, will open the playoffs against No. 7-seed Brooklyn on Monday evening (4 p.m., PT).
 
Holiday and Leaf, who were teammates at UCLA in 2016-17, have helped Indiana capture the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers will take the court in a first-round matchup against No. 5-seed Miami on Tuesday.
 
The NBA’s complete postseason schedule is available by clicking here. The final regular-season standings from the 2019-20 NBA season can be accessed by clicking here.
 
AT A GLANCE
 
Aaron Holiday
NBA Team: Indiana Pacers
Years at UCLA: 2016-18
Total NBA Seasons: 2
Year Drafted: 2018
 
TJ Leaf
NBA Team: Indiana Pacers
Years at UCLA: 2017
Total NBA Seasons: 3
Year Drafted: 2017
 
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
NBA Team: Houston Rockets
Years at UCLA: 2006-08
Total NBA Seasons: 13
Year Drafted: 2008
 
Norman Powell
NBA Team: Toronto Raptors
Years at UCLA: 2012-15
Total NBA Seasons: 5
Year Drafted: 2015
 
Russell Westbrook
NBA Team: Houston Rockets
Years at UCLA: 2007-08
Total NBA Seasons: 12
Year Drafted: 2008
 

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