Local flavor in the NBA: Lillard, Bogut have huge impact on early season team success

The NBA is loaded with local players from both the high school and college level. They play different positions, have varying skill sets and have had vastly different amounts of success during the season. Some have mad a big impact on championship level teams while others haven’t even had a real chance to show what they could do.

Here is a look at how the eight players who played high school or college ball in Utah have done so far this season.

Andre Miller, Utah, Washington Wizards

Miller has settled into a role as the backup point guard to John Wall for the Wizards. He had a solid outing in his latest game when he totaled four points on 2 of 2 shooting as well as seven assists and three rebounds in 15 minutes.

So far this season, he has averaged 4.3 points on 63.6 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 3.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 13 minutes a night.

Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors

Bogut plays a huge role as the starting center for the Golden State Warriors. While he isn’t a huge contributor on the offensive end, he gets plenty of minutes because of his ability to dominate the glass and block shots. He had a nice effort in the win over Chicago on Saturday night with four points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals.

On the season, he has averaged 7.4 points on 54.5 percent shooting as well as 9.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 blocks in more than 26 minutes a contest.

C.J. Wilcox, Pleasant Grove High School, Los Angeles Clippers

On a roster full of stars and established veterans, Wilcox hasn’t seen many opportunities to play. In fact, he played his first two games of the season in the last week. In those two appearances, he has scored six points on 50 percent shooting from the floor, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. He has also recorded two assists in just 8:48 of action.

Ronnie Price, Utah Valley State College (UVU), Los Angeles Lakers

Price is with his sixth team in 10 seasons and seeing plenty of time in a back up role. On of his most impressive outings of the season came in a recent loss to the Washington Wizards when he scored 11 points on 4 of 4 shooting from the field, including 3 of 3 from behind the arc. He also contributed four assists, two rebounds and two steals in more than 26 minutes.

In 19 games, he has averaged 3.9 points, 3.7 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 20.7 minutes.

Jimmer Fredette, BYU, New Orleans Pelicans

Fredette has struggled to find minutes or chances to produce since he arrived with the Pelicans. He has only appeared in 11 of 18 games and has only seen double figures in minutes one time in the last 10 games. His most productive game recently came in a loss to the Sacramento Kings when he had three points and two assists in nine minutes.

In 11 games, he has averaged 1.8 points, and nearly an assist in 10.2 minutes.

Brandon Davies, BYU, Philadelphia 76ers

After a terrific start to the season, Davies has settled into a lesser role with Philadelphia. Even though his minutes have decreased, he still effective outings.  One such occasion came on Saturday night when he had six points, six rebounds and a pair of steals as 76ers won their second game in the last three chances.

In 20 games, he has averaged 6.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and nearly a steal in 19 minutes.

Justin Hamilton, Lone Peak High School, Miami Heat

Hamilton has had a bit of a role coaster season so far with the Heat. He has played in only 9 of 19 games, but has played more than 18 minutes in four of those games. His best showing came early in the season in a loss to the Houston Rockets when he scored nine points on the strength of 3 of 6 shooting from behind the arc. He also added seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in nearly 31 minutes.

On the season, he has averaged 2.7 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 2.3 rebounds in 12.3 minutes a night.

Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers

Lillard is by far the best of the bunch of the local players in the NBA. He is a huge reason why the Trail Blazers are 15-4. He has scored in double figures in every game, including a win over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night. In that game, he finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

In 19 games, he has averaged 19.9 points on 40.7 percent from the 3-point line as well as 6.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 34.7 minutes.






Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s