Elijah Bryant joins small group of BYU players to win NBA championship
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JUNE 13: Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Harris No.12 is defended by No.3 Elijah Bryant and No.21 Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of Game 4 of the Second Round Playoffs of the Eastern Conference at the Fiserv Forum on June 13, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Stacy Revere / Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY – The Milwaukee Bucks winning the 2021 NBA Championship turned former BYU basketball star Elijah Bryant into a champion.
One of the Bucks’ members, Elijah Bryant, is a former BYU star. Bryant played BYU from 2015 to 2018 and now joins a small fraternity of BYU basketball alumni to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Elijah Bryant is the third former BYU basketball player to win the NBA championship
Elijah Bryant is only the third former BYU basketball player to win an NBA championship. He joins the legendary Danny Ainge and Greg Kite. Both Ainge and Kite were members of the Boston Celtics Championships in the 1980s. The most recent title dates back 35 years to 1986.
Bryant only appeared in one game in the Bucks NBA Finals Series win over the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks Championship is Milwaukee’s first since the 1971 season, when Milwaukee had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson leading them to glory.
Bryant’s appearance in the NBA Finals was only the fifth former BYU player to make the Finals. He joined Ainge, Kite, John Fairchild and Fred Roberts.
The Bucks signed Bryant on May 8 to a two-year contract worth $ 1.54 million. His contract isn’t guaranteed next season, but in his only regular-season performance this year, Bryant shone scoring 16 points on 46.2 percent shots from the field.
Mitch Harper is a BYU insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.