‘Horns hooping on the big stage
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas exes are well represented in the NBA this season.
With the current Longhorns hosting their opening event Wednesday night, several former Texas hoopsters will be on the hardwood a night before.
On Tuesday evening 10 former University of Texas men’s basketball players will appear on NBA rosters when the league opens the 2018-19 regular season.
When the season tips off tomorrow, former Longhorns LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs), Jarrett Allen (Brooklyn Nets), DJ Augustin (Orlando Magic), Mohamed Bamba (Orlando Magic), Avery Bradley (Los Angeles Clippers), Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors), Cory Joseph (Indiana Pacers), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), PJ Tucker (Houston Rockets) and Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers).
The back-to-back Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (2017 and 2018), Durant starts his 12th year in the NBA and third with the Golden State Warriors.
Joseph begins his second year with the Indiana Pacers and eighth year overall in the league, while Thompson starts his eighth season in the NBA, all with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Tucker begins his eighth year overall in the NBA and his second season with the Houston Rockets, and Turner starts his fourth season in the league, all with the Pacers.
Aldridge begins his fourth year with the San Antonio Spurs and 13th season overall in the league. The No. 22 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Allen starts his second season with the Brooklyn Nets.
Augustin begins his third season with the Orlando Magic and 11th year overall in the NBA. Bamba, the No. 6 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, starts his rookie season with the Magic, and Bradley begins his ninth year in the league and first with the Los Angeles Clippers.