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How former Arizona Wildcats fared in NBA Christmas games

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Christmas is a tentpole day on the NBA schedule, though in most years it comes roughly two months into the schedule.

Due to the delayed finish of the 2019-20 season because of the coronavirus pandemic, however, the 5-game Christmas Day slate came on the third day of the 2020-21 campaign.

And lucky for us, some former Arizona Wildcats were in action.

Three ex-UA standouts, including a pair of the recently drafted rookies, were on the rosters of teams who played Friday. A fourth, Nico Mannion, is on a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors and wasn’t active for their 138-99 loss at the Milwaukee Bucks.

Here’s a quick recap of how those guys did:

Andre Iguoudala

Fresh off helping the Miami Heat to the NBA Final within the Orlando bubble, Iguodala’s 17th season has started off the previous one ended. Though no longer a starter, Iggy has embraced his role as a veteran reserve who tends to get a lot of minutes late in games.

That was the case in Miami’s 111-98 home win over the New Orleans Pelicans, with Iguodala playing the final 7:43. He logged 26 minutes total, finishing with six points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal.

It was the 1,131rd career game for Iguodala, which is fifth-most among active NBA players.

Josh Green

Green, the Dallas Mavericks’ first-round pick last month, saw two minutes of garbage time in a 138-115 road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers but did not record any stats. That was after he played three minutes in Wednesday’s loss at the Phoenix Suns, scoring his first NBA points on his lone field goal attempt.

Zeke Nnaji

Nnaji has yet to appear in the Denver Nuggets’ first two games, including Friday’s 121-108 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. At least Nnaji, who was taken 22nd overall by Denver, has been able to show off one of his other talents for his teammates.