It has been quite the roller coaster ride for some of our local favorites in the NBA so far this season. There have been new teams, injuries, sporadic minutes, trades, and even a player being waived just before his contract would have been guaranteed. It hasn’t been all bad though as there have also been some impressive performances and some dominating moments for players on some of the leagues best teams.
Here is a look at how the NBA players with high school and college ties to Utah have fared so far this season.
Andre Miller, Utah, Washington Wizards
Miller has been a really nice fit as the backup to John Wall in Washington this season. While he doesn’t see significant time, he still makes an impact because of his leadership and ability to make plays. He best performance recently came in a 7-point win over the New Orleans Pelicans when he scored 12 points on 5 of 5 shooting from the floor to go along with two rebounds and an assist.
On the season, Miller is averaging 4.1 points on 59.3 percent shooting as well as three assists and 1.5 rebounds in 37 games.
Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors
After a solid start to the season, Bogut missed 12 games with injury. He is back in the lineup now having played in each of the last three games for the Warriors. His best night since returning came in an 11-point win over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night when he had nine points on 4 of 5 shooting from the floor. He added eight rebounds, three assists and a block in his first game back in the starting lineup since getting hurt.
Entering Tuesday’s action, Bogut was averaging 6.8 points, nine rebounds, 2.8 assists and two blocks in 22 games.
C.J. Wilcox, Pleasant Grove High School, Los Angeles Clippers
Wilcox has seen very little playing time in his first year with the Clippers thanks to a very talent group of wing players. He appeared in only his fourth game of the season recently in a 25-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers. In that game, he played 6:01 and finished with two points on 1 of 4 shooting from the floor.
On the season, he is averaging 2.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting, including 60 percent from beyond the arc.
Ronnie Price, Utah Valley University, Los Angeles Lakers
Price was inserted as Lakers’ starting point guard in early December and has been there ever since. While his shot isn’t falling at a high rate, he earns time because of his ability to facilitate the offense. His best game as of late came in a 12-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday when he had eight points and a season-high 12 assists.
On the season, Price is averaging 5.6 points, 3.9 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 36 games.
Jimmer Fredette, BYU, New Orleans Pelicans
Fredette has seen his role diminish with the return of Eric Gordon. After three solid performances in games where he played at least 20 minutes, he is back to playing a handful of minutes a night. That may change however, as his main competition for minutes at the backup point guard spot, Austin Rivers has been traded to the Boston Celtics. In his only game since the departure of Rivers, Fredette had five points, two assists, a rebound and a steal in 12:23 on the floor.
On the season, Fredette is averaging three points and one assist in 24 appearances.
Brandon Davies, BYU, Brooklyn Nets
Davies is no longer on an NBA roster after he was waived by the Nets just days before his contract would have been fully guaranteed for the rest of the season. During his time with Brooklyn, he averaged 2.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in seven games.
For the season, Davies averaged 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 27 games (six starts) split between the Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers. He is off to France to play for Elan Chalon, according to French newspaper Le Journal de SaÔne-et-Loire.
Justin Hamilton, Lone Peak High School, Miami Heat
Hamilton has had an eventful season in his second season with the Heat. After starting five games earlier on in the year, he has played in only one game since returning from injury thanks to the emergence of Hassan Whiteside. In that game, Hamilton had two points on 1 for 3 shooting and two rebounds in 4:40 of play.
On the season, Hamilton is averaging three points and 2.3 rebounds in 18 games (five starts).
Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers
With each passing game, Lillard cements his name as one of the elite young point guards in the game today. He had an impressive showing in the Trail Blazers’ Sunday night matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers. In the 12-point win, he had 34 points on the strength of a 4 for 8 shooting night from 3-point land to go along with seven assists and three rebounds. That was his second 30+ point performance in less than a week against the Lakers. The first came in a 4-point win when Lillard put up 39 points on 12 of 21 shooting while adding six rebounds and five assists.
On the season, Lillard is averaging 22.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting with 6.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 38 games.