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These Arizona Wildcats are on NBA rosters, coaching staffs to begin 2020-21 season

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The NBA season is here!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, which delayed the ending of the 2019-20 campaign by several months, the 2020-21 season is starting in December and, for now, will feature 72 games instead of the customary 82.

Here’s a look at all the Arizona Wildcats players and coaches in the league.

Players

Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns

  • 2019-20 stats: 18.2 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.5 BPG, 54.6 FG%
  • Years in league: 3
  • Contract: In third year of four-year, $40.3 million deal
  • Season outlook: Ayton will be a major cog in what the Suns believe could be their best season in a decade. They acquired All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who should make the game easier for Ayton and Devin Booker. That Big 3 that should easily be good enough to get the Suns in the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season. They might even be able to finish in the upper half of the Western Conference.

Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls

  • 2019-20 stats: 14.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 42.5 FG%, 34.4 3PT%
  • Years in league: 4
  • Contract: In final year of four-year, $20 million deal
  • Season outlook: Markkanen is expected to start for a Bulls team that is still in the middle of a multi-year rebuild. But he is set to his restricted free agency at the end of the season, so this is a big year for him that could make, or cost, him a lot of cash.

T.J. McConnell, Indiana Pacers

  • 2019-20 stats: 6.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 51.6 FG%, 29.4 3PT%
  • Years in league: 6
  • Contract: In final year of two-year, $7 million contract
  • Season outlook: McConnell was a key role player last season as the Pacers earned the No. 4 seed in the East. He is expected to have a similar role this season and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of it.

Stanley Johnson, Toronto Raptors

  • 2019-20 stats: 2.4 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 37.3 FG%, 29.2 3PT%
  • Years in league: 6
  • Contract: In final year of two-year, $7.4 million contract
  • Season outlook: Johnson exercised a player option to return to the Raptors, a smart move considering he probably wouldn’t have received much interest on the open market. He hardly played for Toronto last year, appearing in just 25 games.

Andre Iguodala, Miami Heat

  • 2019-20 stats: 4.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.7 SPG, 43.2 FG%, 29.8 3PT%
  • Years in league: 17
  • Contract: In first year of two-year, $30 million extension
  • Season outlook: The last Lute Olson-coached player in the league, Iguodala helped the Heat make a surprise run to the NBA Finals last season. At this point of his career, he’s a defensive specialist who can take make some plays and hit some 3s on the other end.

Solomon Hill, Atlanta Hawks

  • 2019-20 stats: 5.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 39.6 FG%, 36.8 3PT%
  • Years in league: 8
  • Contract: Signed a one-year, $2.7 million contract
  • Season outlook: After being one of the most overpaid players in the league, Hill is starting over on a minimum contract with a Hawks team that is trying to make a playoff push after signing Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo and Bogdan Bogdanovic in free agency. Hill will likely be near the end of the rotation, but his playoff experience could come in handy down the road.

Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic

  • 2019-20 stats: 14.4 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 43.7 FG%, 30.8 3PT%
  • Years in league: 7
  • Contract: In third year of four-year, $76 million deal
  • Season outlook: Gordon hasn’t made a statistical jump since his fourth season in the league. While not a star, he has been a solid starter for a Magic team that has been a first round exit each of the past two seasons.

Josh Green, Dallas Mavericks

  • 2019-20 stats: N/A
  • Years in league: Rookie
  • Contract: In first year of two-year, $5.8 million contract that has team options for 2022-23 and 2023-24.
  • Season outlook: Drafted 18th overall in November, Green will be an energy player off the player for a Mavericks squad that is one of the best in the Western Conference. Dallas was No. 1 in the NBA in offense but just 18th on defense, so Green certainly can help on that side of the ball.

Zeke Nnaji, Denver Nuggets

  • 2019-20 stats: N/A
  • Years in league: Rookie
  • Contract: In first year of two-year, $4.9 million contract that has team options for 2022-23 and 2023-24.
  • Season outlook: Selected by the Nuggets with the 22nd overall pick, Nnaji will be a role player for Denver, likely as a stretch or energy big.

Nico Mannion, Golden State Warriors

  • 2019-20 stats: N/A
  • Years in league: Rookie
  • Contract: On a two-way contract that pays a flat salary of $449K for the 2020-21 season.
  • Season outlook: This season, a two-way contract means Mannion is limited 50 games on the Warriors’ active roster. The second-round pick will be one of the last players off the bench to begin the season but could work his way up the rotation as it progresses.

Coaches

  • Steve Kerr — Golden State Warriors head coach
  • Luke Walton- Sacramento Kings head coach
  • Bret Brielmaier — Brooklyn Nets G League head coach
  • Jud Buechler — New York Knicks assistant coach
  • Bruce Fraser — Golden State Warriors player development coach
  • Miles Simon — Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach
  • Joseph Blair — Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach
  • Jessie Mermuys — Sacramento Kings assistant coach
  • Quinton Crawford — Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach