Former Runnin' Rebel Wins NBA Title In Rookie Season|
June 12, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Former UNLV Runnin' Rebel Patrick McCaw is a NBA Champion as his Golden State Warriors topped the Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on Monday night. The Warriors won the series in five games.
McCaw played in 14 games during the playoffs this year, logging over 12 minutes per contest. He averaged 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. During the regular season, the rookie appear in 71 games with averages of 4.0 ppg and 1.4 rpg.
McCaw is the fourth former Runnin' Rebel player to win a NBA title (as a postseason roster member).
Joel Anthony, who played at UNLV during the 2004-05 and 2006-07 seasons (redshirted in 2005-06), won two rings with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, Shawn Marion (1998-99) won the league's title as a member of the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, and John Trapp (1967-68) won the NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972.
Jackie Robinson (1973-78) won a ring with the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics after playing 12 regular season games and J.R. (Isaiah) Rider (1991-93) earned one with the 2001 Lakers after playing in 67 regular season games. Robinson and Rider were not on their respective team's playoff rosters those years.
McCaw, who was selected No. 38 overall (No. 8 in the second round) in the 2016 NBA Draft, played at UNLV during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Originally from St. Louis, Mo., he had career averages as a Runnin' Rebel of 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.0 steals and a 1.7 assist/turnover ratio. He appeared in 65 games during his UNLV career, making 48 starts, leading the team in steals and 3-pointers both seasons.
As a sophomore before declaring for the NBA Draft, McCaw earned NABC All-District 17 Second Team honors, was a Second Team All-Mountain West selection (by the coaches and media), and was named to the league's all-defensive team (coaches).