One of the marvels of the Billy Donovan era at Florida has been his ability to not just coach players to college success, but develop them for the next level.
Entering the 2014-15 season, 12 former Gators are on NBA rosters. Of the 12, four are among the 44 highest paid players in the NBA. David Lee remains the highest-paid former Gator at $15.01 million (21st highest paid overall), followed by Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parons (29th, $14,7 million), Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (37th, $12.7 million) and Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (44th, $12 million).
Parsons signed a three-year, $46 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks as a restricted free agent, the latest Florida player to sign a mega-deal second contract. Lee and Parsons stayed at UF for four years, while Noah and Horford stayed with the Gators for three years. All stayed in school long enough to develop their games and mature, showing that it’s not always wise to chase NBA riches immediately.
In total, the 12 former Gators in the NBA are making close to $80 million. Here’s a rundown of the former Gators in the NBA and their salaries:
David Lee, Golden State Warriors, forward/center — $15.01 million
Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks, forward — $14.7 million
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, center — $12.7 million
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, center — $12 million
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves, forward — $4.7 million
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, guard — $4.5 million
Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors, center — $3.66 million
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat, forward — $2.73 million
Mike Miller, Cleveland Cavaliers, forward — $2.73 million
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs, forward — $915,000
Nick Calathes, Memphis Grizzlies, point guard — $816,472
Patric Young, New Orleans Pelicans, center — $507,336