Local Flavor in the NBA (and beyond): Lillard struggles; Fredette sits

We have made it to the half way point of the NBA season and it has been nothing short of crazy for some of our local favorites. There have been stellar plays, huge games, disappointing moments, a trade and the Utah presence in the league get a little smaller with the departure of Brandon Davies to France.

Here is a look at how those with local ties have fared in the NBA so far this season.

Andre Miller, Utah, Washington Wizards

Miller is still manning the role of the backup point guard with the Wizards. After shooting the ball very well early in the season, he has come back to earth as of late, making just 5 of his last 17 shots from the floor. His most productive game recently came in a 7-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers when he totaled four points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

On the season, Miller is averaging 3.8 points on 55.4 percent shooting from the floor as well as 2.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes a game.

Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors

Bogut mans the middle for the team with the best record in the NBA so far this season. He isn’t asked to score very much, but makes his presence felt in plenty of other ways. He is a solid passer who can still finish at the rim on offense while providing a rim protector and rebounder on the other end of the floor. His best game as of late came in a 3-point win over the Boston Celtics when he totaled 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting as well as 13 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.

On the season, Bogut is averaging 6.8 points on 54.9 percent shooting with 8.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists ans two blocks in 24.3 minutes a night.

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

While Wilcox has played in two of the last three games for the Clippers, he still hasn’t been able to crack the regular rotation. He did see his most time of the season in a 39-point win over the Brooklyn Nets and set a new career high with four points on 2-of-4 shooting from the floor in 10:02.

On the season, Wilcox is averaging 2.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting from the floor, including 50 percent from beyond the arc in 4.8 minutes a night over six games.

Ronnie Price, Utah Valley, Los Angeles Lakers

After making 20 starts early in the season, Price is back to coming off the bench as the Lakers try to find answers on the offensive end without the services of Kobe Bryant. His best showing as of late came in a 14-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs when he had six assists and three steals in 18:40 of action.

So far this season, Price is averaging 5.2 points, 3.7 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 22.9 minutes a night.

Jimmer Fredette, BYU, New Orleans Pelicans

After the departure of Austin Rivers, Fredette saw his minutes and production increase. Then, almost out of nowhere, he was back to the bench as Nate Wolters took over the back up point guard role. In fact, Fredette has played just 5:36 in the last four games combined.

Before the downturn in his minutes, Fredette had his most productive game of the season in a 15-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. In that game, he had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. He added five assists and two rebounds and was a +8 in 23:16 on the floor.

On the season, Fredette is averaging 3.7 points on 38.3 percent shooting from the floor and 1.1 assists in 10.8 minutes a night.

Brandon Davies, BYU, ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France)

After getting waived by the Brooklyn Nets, Davies signed a deal to play in France. Since his arrival, he has played in two games, including the last as a starter in a 74-65 win over Gravelines-Dunkerque. In that game, he played a game-high 36 minutes and finished with 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 1-of-4 from 3-point land. He added nine rebounds, four blocked shots, two assists and a steal as his team improved to 9-9 on the season, according to EuroBasket.com.

Justin Hamilton, Lone Peak High School, Miami Heat

Hamilton has seen his minutes disappear with the emergence of Hassan Whiteside. Hamilton has made just two appearances in the last 16 games, including once in the last two weeks. In a 15-point loss to the Golden State Warriors he played 1:44 and went scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting from the floor.

On the season, Hamilton is averaging 2.8 points on 39.7 percent shooting as well as 2.2 rebounds in 13.3 minutes over 19 games.

Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers

While Lillard has struggled with his shot as of late, he is still putting up big numbers for one of the best teams in the Western Conference. His most productive game recently came in a 4-point win over the Sacramento Kings when he had 22 points on the strength of an 8-for-11 shooting night from the free-throw line as well as six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

On the season, Lillard is averaging 22 points on 43.9 percent shooting to go along with 6.2 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 36.2 minutes a night.





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