Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are the biggest names on the team, but they weren’t the only reason the Golden State Warriors just completed a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers for their second consecutive NBA title.
It also helped to have five former Pac-12 players on the roster, a collection of starters and role players who were important to the world championship in their own way, as well as ex-Arizona star Steve Kerr as head coach.
Former Washington State guard Klay Thompson, ex-Arizona wing Andre Iguodala, former USC guard Nick Young, ex-UCLA forward Kevon Looney and ex-Oregon forward Jordan Bell all earned championship rings on Friday night following the Warriors’ 108-85 win over Cleveland.
Thompson had 10 points and 6 rebounds en route to his third NBA title.
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It was also the third title for Iguodala and Kerr, giving Arizona 26 world titles for its ex-players.
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Looney earned his second title since playing at UCLA for one season, starting a handful of playoff games this year.
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For ex-USC standout Young, the title is his first in his initial season with Golden State after playing for four other teams between 2007-17.
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And Bell, a rookie from Oregon, became the first former Ducks player to win an NBA title since Greg Ballard did so with the Washington Bullets in 1978.
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