Arkansas Basketball: Four former Razorbacks in the NBA playoffs

There are currently four former Arkansas basketball players competing in the NBA playoffs this season: Joe Johnson, Jannero Pargo, Ronnie Brewer and Patrick Beverly.

Joe Johnson is having a stellar season for the Brooklyn Nets. He is averaging 15.8 points per game and is shooting 45 percent from the field. He averages around 33 minutes per game and has played in 79 games for the Nets this season. The Boston Celtics drafted Johnson as the tenth pick overall in the 2001 NBA Draft out of Arkansas. The seven time NBA All-Star has played for four NBA teams throughout his career.

Johnson played at Arkansas for two seasons before entering the NBA Draft. In his two seasons he averaged a total of 15 points per game and shot 46.6 percent from the field. While at Arkansas, he was named Basketball Times’ 1999-00 All-Freshman Second Team, 1999-00 SEC Newcomer of the Year, 1999-00 All-SEC Second Team, 2000-01 SEC Preseason Player of the Year and 2000-01 Street & Smith’s College Basketball First Team preseason All-American.

Jannero Pargo, a guard for the Charlotte Bobcats, is averaging 4.7 points a game this season for the Bobcats. He has appeared in 29 games this season, averaging 8.3 minutes per game. Pargo went undrafted after graduating from Arkansas in 2002. He was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 and made his NBA debut that season. Since 2002, he has played on 12 different teams including an ABA team and two overseas teams.

In his two seasons at Arkansas (transferred from Neosho County Community College after two seasons), Pargo averaged a total of 14.2 points per game and averaged 25.5 minutes per game.

The Chicago Bulls, recently signed Ronnie Brewer just in time for the playoffs, after the Houston Rockets released him earlier this year. Brewer has only played in one game for the Bulls this season. He played in 23 games for the Rockets this season and started three of those games. He is averaging only .3 points per game this season with the Rockets and Bulls.

Brewer played three seasons at Arkansas before he entered the 2006 NBA Draft, where he was the 14th overall pick. He is known as one of the best players in Arkansas basketball history. In his time at Arkansas, he averaged a total of 15.7 points per game and was named a 2003 Parade All-American, 2003-04 2nd Team Freshman All-American, 2003-04 SEC All-Freshman Team, 2004-05 All-SEC First Team, 2005-06 Preseason All-SEC First Team, 2005-06 SEC Preseason Player of the Year, 2005-06 Coaches All-SEC First Team, 2005-06 AP All-SEC First Team and 2005-06 Honorable Mention AP All-American.

Patrick Beverly is a guard for the Houston Rockets. He is averaging 10.2 points per game this season. He has played in 56 games for the Rockets this season and has started 55 of those games. He is currently listed as day-to-day with a knee injury but will likely play in the Rockets next game.

In his two years at Arkansas, Beverly averaged 13 points per game. While at Arkansas, he was named the AP’s 2006-07 SEC Newcomer of the Year, 2006-07SEC Coaches All-SEC Second Team and SEC Coaches 2006-07 Freshman of the Year. He left Arkansas to enter the NBA Draft but was undrafted. He played overseas for two seasons before being drafted by the Lakers in 2009 as the 42nd overall pick.

It’s exciting to see for former Razorbacks fighting for the NBA title and we wish them the best.