Local flavor in the NBA: Davies finds a new home, Fredette plays meaningful minutes

The NBA season is in full swing and eight high school and college stars from Utah are on current rosters. Some are making a huge impact while others have a significant role on good teams. Some are trying to learn the NBA game while others are trying to show that they deserve a contract.

Here is a look at how our local legends have fared so far this season.

Andre Miller, Utah, Washington Wizards

As he proved against the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, Miller still has plenty left in the tank even though he is in his 16th year in the league. He has cemented his role as the backup point guard for a very successful Wizards squad. He had one of his best games of the year in the 93-84 win over Utah with 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting to go along with three rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Entering Sunday’s action, Miller had appearing in 22 games and was averaging 4.1 points on 62.3 percent shooting from the floor, 3.3 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 12.6 minutes.

Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors

Before missing the last three games with right knee tendonitis, according to Basketball-reference.com., Bogut was having a very successful season for the dominating Golden State Warriors. He has been the key to Warriors’ defense because of his ability to own the glass and block shots.

On the season, Bogut is averaging 7.1 points on 53.7 percent shooting from the field to go along with 9.3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.2 blocks in 25.2 minutes a night.

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

Wilcox is still trying to crack the rotation of one of the best teams in the league, but hasn’t earned significant minutes yet in his young career. In his limited action, he has shown the ability to stretch the floor because of the excellent range on his jumper.  He played in just one game over the last week and had three points and a rebound in 2:09.

On the season, Wilcox is averaging three points on 60 percent shooting from the floor, including 75 percent from 3-point land in 3.7 minutes a game.

Ronnie Price, Utah Valley University, Los Angeles Lakers

Even though he has struggled with his shot in a big way for most of the season, Price is now the starting point guard for the Lakers. One of his most impressive performances as off late came in a 3-point win over the Sacramento Kings when he had just one basket, but also added six assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Before Sunday’s game, Price was averaging 3.6 points on 29.5 percent shooting to go along with 3.7 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 20.7 minutes a game.

Jimmer Fredette, BYU, New Orleans Pelicans

After a long stretch of either not playing or seeing nothing more than garbage time, Fredette has played meaningful minutes in each of the last two games. One of his better performances of the season came in a 5-point win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night when he played 6:36 in the first half and had four points on 2 of 3 shooting.

Prior to Sunday’s action, Fredette had appeared in 13 games and was averaging 1.8 points and nearly an assist in 9.2 minutes.

Brandon Davies, BYU, Brooklyn Nets

After a solid start to the 2014-15 campaign, Davies was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a deal that sent Andrei Kirilenko to the 76ers. Since arriving with the Nets, he has played in two games, including a four point, four rebound performance on Saturday night in a 114-87 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

On the season, Davies is averaging 6.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and nearly a steal in 18 minutes over 22 games between Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

Justin Hamilton, Lone Peak High School, Miami Heat

Hamilton has seen a significant increase in his minutes as of late as he was inserted into the starting lineup for the struggling Heat. One of his best showings of the season came in a 93-75 setback against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night. He played a season-high 33:18 in the loss and finished with 10 points on 5 of 11 shooting from the field. He also added three rebounds, two steals and an assist as Miami fell to 11-13.

Before his big Sunday showing, Hamilton had appeared in 12 games and was averaging 3.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.

Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers

Lillard is clearly the best of the bunch and on pace for another all-star level season as the starting lead-guard for the Trail Blazers. He had one of his best games of the year in a 9-point loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. In the defeat, he finished with a season-high 35 points on 13 of 21 shooting from the floor, including 7 for 11 from behind the arc.  He also contributed six assists and five rebounds.

On the season, Lillard has started all 24 Portland games and is averaging 20.3 points on 45 percent shooting to go along with 6.1 assists, 5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35.3 minutes.

 

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