Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors brings the ball down court against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on February 13, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

A former Longhorn will win an NBA Championship for the second year in a row

Posted May 16th, 2017

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Last season Tristan Thompson earned an NBA Championship ring with the Cleveland Cavaliers after his team rallied from 3-1 down to defeat the Golden State Warriors.

With the Boston Celtics’ win over Washington in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, it’s guaranteed that a former Longhorn will win an NBA Championship this season.

Kevin Durant (’06-’07) and LaMarcus Aldridge (’04-’06) have already started their series in the Western Conference finals. Durant joined the Golden State Warriors in the offseason and has played as well as one would expect with an All-Star team around him. His Warriors are undefeated in the playoffs and he scored 34 points in the Game 1 win over the Spurs. He’s averaging 24.9 points in the playoffs.

Aldridge, the only one of the four who was at UT for more than a year, played a big role in advancing his San Antonio Spurs, scoring 34 points to close out the Houston Rockets in the conference semis. He had 28 points in the rough loss to the Warriors in Game 1.

LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts against the Houston Rockets during Game Six of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at Toyota Center on May 11, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Avery Bradley (’09-’10) has averaged 15.8 points for the Celtics in the playoffs. He scored a career-high 29 points in a crucial Game 5 against the Wizards and will take on Thompson and the Cavs beginning on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Thompson (’10-’11) is filling his role nicely, averaging just 7.8 points per game, but pulling down 10.6 rebounds. His Cavs are also undefeated and appear to be on a collision course for an NBA Finals rematch with the Warriors.

Add to the NBA success, the Longhorns are also represented by Malcom Brown in the NFL. He and the New England Patriots are the reigning Super Bowl champions. Once the NBA Finals are done, that will make three major sports championships for former Longhorns in the last two years.

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