Local flavor in the NBA: Fredette struggles for minutes; Lillard flourishes

The crazy season has continued for the players with local ties in the recent weeks and the contributions made by each have been all over the spectrum. There was a league honor earned, more minutes for some and a reduced role for others. There was a season-ending surgery for another and even a player who found a new home.

Here is a look at how our local favorites have performed in the NBA in recent weeks.

Andre Miller, Utah, Sacramento Kings

Andre Miller has seen a huge increase in his minutes since he landed with George Karl and the Sacramento Kings. He has played at least 15 minutes in every game so far and has had some very impressive showings. His best performance came in an 11-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers when he finished with 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the floor to go along with a season-high 10 assists, two rebounds and two steals in 25:55 of play.

On the season, he is averaging 3.9 points on 52.7 percent shooting with  3.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 13.7 minutes over 59 games. Those numbers increase to 5.6 points, 5.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 22 minutes a night with the Kings.

Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have the best record in the Western Conference and Andrew Bogut has a huge hand in that. He is the heart of the back-end of the defense with his ability to block shots and is a presence on the glass. His best showing of late came in a two-point loss to the Brooklyn Nets when he had a season-high 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the floor as well as eight rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes.

On the season, he has played in 46 games and is averaging 6.4 points on 55.1 percent shooting from the floor with 8.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 blocks in 23.7 minutes.

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

C.J. Wilcox has yet to find a consistent role with the veteran laden Clippers thanks to a loaded back court. He has appeared in just 14 of the 62 games the Clippers have played so far. He had one of better performances on the season in a 27-point win over the Sacramento Kings when he had four points on 2-for-4 shooting from the floor to go along with two rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes.

On the season, he is averaging 2.5 points on 48.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 35.7 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent from the free-throw line in 5.4 minutes a game.

Ronnie Price, Utah Valley, Los Angeles Lakers

Ronnie Price is out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow in late February, according to Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com. Price played just one game since our last update and finished with three points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals in 18 minutes before fouling out in a seven-point win over the Boston Celtics.

On the season, he appeared in 43 games and averaged 5.1 points on 34.5 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 3.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 22.8 minutes.

Jimmer Fredette, BYU, New Orleans Pelicans

Jimmer Fredette has since his once limited role turn into next to nothing with the addition of Norris Cole to the Pelicans lineup at the trade deadline. His best game since the acquisition came in a seven-point win over the Denver Nuggets when he had four points on 1-of-2 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe with a rebound in 10:41 of action.

On the season, he has played in 44 games and is averaging 3.7 points on 38.4 percent shooting from the floor and 95 percent from the free-throw line with 1.1 assists in 10.2 minutes.

Justin Hamilton, Lone Peak High School, Minnesota Timberwolves

Hamilton lasted just seven games in New Orleans after the trade from the Miami Heat, but never appeared in a game before he was waived by the Pelicans. He landed on another roster just two days later as the Minnesota Timberwolves claimed him off waivers according to Basketball-reference.com. He has yet to play a game for Minnesota.

On the season, he has played in 24 games and is averaging 2.8 points on 41.5 percent shooting from the field and 85.7 percent shooting from the free-throw line to go along with two rebounds in 12 minutes.

Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers

After a stretch of cold-shooting performances, Damian Lillard found his stroke on his way to winning Western Conference Player of the Week for games played between Monday, Feb. 23, and Sunday March 1, according to NBA.com. His best game during that time came in an 11-point win over the Sacramento Kings when he had 31 points on 11-for-20 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-5 from 3-point land and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added seven assists, four rebounds and a block in 35:42 of action.

On the season, he has played in 60 games and is averaging 21.1 points on 43.1 percent shooting from the floor and 86.1 percent shooting from the free-throw line to go along with 6.1 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 36.3 minutes.

 

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