Local flavor in the NBA: mid-season report

With the NBA regular season at a stand still thanks to All-Star weekend, it is the perfect time to take a look back at how each of the five local college legends have performed in the league to this point of the season.

Andre Miller, Utah, Denver Nuggets:  Miller is on the trading block after getting suspended in January due to a confrontation with Head Coach Brian Shaw.  Before the issue, Miller played in 30 games (two starts) and averaged 5.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists In 19 minutes a game.  He hasn’t appeared in a game since Dec., 30th.

Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors: Bogut is the defensive backbone of the Golden State front court.  He isn’t counted on to score that often averaging just 8.2 points a contest on 63.6 percent shooting, but is a dominant on the glass for the 31-22 Warriors.  Bogut is the eighth leading rebounder in the league averaging 10.7 boards in 27.5 minutes a game.  Bogut is also a solid shot blocker, swatting away nearly two shots a game.

He had one of his best games of the season in his return to Utah on Jan., 31st, when Bogut finished with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting while grabbing 17 rebounds, handing out five assists and blocking three shots in a victory over the Jazz.

Jimmer Fredette, BYU, Sacramento Kings: Fredette has had a difficult time finding consistent minutes for the underachieving Kings this season, but is shooting the ball very well once he gets on the floor.

Fredette is leading the league in 3-point field goal percentage at 49.3 in 11.5 minutes a game while averaging six points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

Fredette had one of the most impressive games on his NBA career on Feb., 12th, when he made 6-of-8 shots from 3-point range and finished with a career-high 24 points in a five-point Kings win over the New York Knicks.

Brandon Davies, BYU, Philadelphia 76ers: Davies was a rotation player for the struggling 76ers until injuring right pinky finger on Jan., 18th against the Chicago Bulls.  The injury required surgery and Davies has been out of action ever since.

On the season, Davies is averaging 2.5 points and two rebounds a game.

His best statistical game of season came against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan., 7th, when Davies scored 11 points on 75 percent shooting from the field to go along with four rebounds and two steals.

Damian Lillard, Weber St., Portland Trailblazers: Lillard has established himself as one of the great young players in the league today so far this year.  He is averaging 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists for the 36-17 Trailblazers.  Those numbers were good enough to earn Lillard a spot on the All-Star team.

One of his most dominant games on the season came on Feb., 7th against the Indiana Pacers, when Lillard totalled 38 points and 11 assists in a five-point overtime loss.

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