Now that the NBA season has come to an end and we have reached the first round of the playoffs it is the perfect time to have a look back and see how the season went for the players with local ties. It was a very eventful year with many ups and downs for the players on this list, including trades, trips to the D-league and varying amounts of playing time. Some had a great deal of success while others hardly got off the bench.
Here is a look at how our local favorites performed during the regular season, including a new addition to the list.
Andre Miller, Utah, Sacramento Kings
Miller had a very solid showing split between two teams during his 16th season in the league. While no longer a starter or someone who plays big minutes, he is still a valuable leader on an up-and-coming team.
One of his best games of the season came in an 11-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers when he had 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field to go along with a season-high 10 assists, two rebounds and two steals in 25:55.
He played 81 games with the Kings and the Washington Wizards and averaged 4.4 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 3.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 15.5 minutes. During his 30 games after the trade, he put up 5.7 points, 4.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 20.7 minutes.
Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors
Bogut had a tremendous regular season as the starting center for the Golden State Warriors. He was a huge key to the defensive success of the Warriors thanks to his ability to matchup against the game’s best big men as well as protect the rim. In fact, his defense was so good that he should get some serious consideration for defensive player of the year.
One of his best games of the year came in an eight-point win over the Brooklyn Nets when he had 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and a steal in 31 minutes.
On the season, he appeared in 67 games and averaged 6.3 points on 56.3 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 8.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 blocked shots in 23.6 minutes.
C.J. Wilcox, Pleasant Grove High School, Los Angeles Clippers
After his selection in the first round of the 2014 draft, Wilcox didn’t get a whole lot of time to show what he could do for the veteran laden Clippers. He only played in 21 games, with just three games producing more than 10 minutes on the floor.
His most productive game of the year came in a 23-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder when he finished with 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the floor, including a make on his only 3-point attempt with one assist in 9:20.
On the season, he averaged two points on 42.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 36.8 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent from the free-throw line in 4.8 minutes per game.
Ronnie Price, UVU, Los Angeles Lakers
Price was in the middle of a productive campaign before he saw his season end in February after he underwent elbow surgery.
One of his best games of the year came in a eight-point win over the Denver Nuggets when he had 18 points on 5-for-6 shooting from 3-point land to go along with four assists, three rebounds and two steals in 33:15.
On the season, he played in 43 games and averaged 5.1 points on 34.5 percent shooting from the floor, including 28.4 percent from distance and 80 percent from the line. He added 3.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.6 syeals in 22.8 minutes.
Jimmer Fredette, BYU, New Orleans Pelicans
Fredette was in and out of the lineup all year-long as the Pelicans tried to find a way to the playoffs with an injury riddled roster. When given ample opportunity he had some nice outings, but otherwise had a very up-and-down season. The end of the season saw him dress, but not play in 15 of the last 21 games.
One of his best games of the season came in a two-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs when he had 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line with three rebounds in 24:08.
On the season, he appeared in 50 games and averaged 3.6 points on 38 percent shooting from the floor, including 18.8 percent from 3-point land and 95.6 percent from the free-throw line. He added 1.2 assists and .8 rebounds in 10.2 minutes a night.
Justin Hamilton, Lone Peak High School, Minnesota Timberwolves
Hamilton spent time with the Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans (although he never played) and the Minnesota Timberwolves during a very eventful season. Although he had some nice moments with the Heat, Hamilton found most of his success with Minnesota where he had some very impressive outings.
His best game of the season came in a 14-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder when he finished with 17 points on 60 percent shooting from the floor and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line to go along with 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in 33:52.
On the season, he appeared in 41 games and averaged 5.3 points on 47. 8 percent shooting from the floor and 83 percent shooting from the charity stripe to go along with 3.3 rebounds in 17.4 minutes. In 17 games with the Timberwolves, he averaged nine points on 51.3 percent shooting with 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 24.9 minutes.
Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers
Lillard had another successful season as the starting lead guard for the Trail Blazers. He earned his second straight all-star appearance and is widely considered as one of the top young guards in the game today. He set career-highs in scoring, rebounding and steals as he led Portland to a division title and another trip to the playoffs.
His best game of the season came in a four-point win over the Oklahoma City Thunder when he had 40 points on 11-for-21 shooting from the floor, including 8-for-12 from distance with 11 assists, six rebounds and two steals in 45:46.
On the season, he played all 82 games and averaged 21 points on 43.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 34.3 percent from the 3-point range and 86.4 percent from the free-throw line. He added 6.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 35.7 minutes.
David Stockton, Sacramento Kings
While he didnt play his high school or college ball in Utah, the son of former Jazz legend John Stockton will always drum up interest from local basketball faithful. After a very impressive season in the D-league, Stockton finished the season in Sacramento and had a decent showing in limited minutes.
His best game came in a 23-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers when he had five points on 2-for-3 shooting from the floor with seven assists and two steals in 19:23.
In three games, he averaged 2.7 points on 33.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 50 percent from distance to go along with three assists, .7 rebounds and .7 steals in 11 minutes.