Local flavor in the NBA (and Beyond): Lillard shines; Fredette returns

It has been an eventful early season for the NBA and D-League players who played their college or high school ball in Utah. There have been injuries and players getting cut. There have been assignments to the D-League for young players after limited and no minutes. There have also been new teams, new chances and plenty of great performances.

Here is a look how the NBA and D-League players with local ties have performed over the last few weeks

Andre Miller, Utah, Minnesota Timberwolves

While he isn’t in the rotation every night, Miller is a bigtime contributor when he gets on the floor. One of his best games came in a 10-point win over the Sacramento Kings when he scored 12 points on 4 for 4 shooting from the floor and 3 for 3 from the free-throw line. He added four assists, a rebound and a steal in 18:46.

On the season, he has played in eight games and is averaging 5.1 points on 63 percent shooting from the floor with 3.4 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 14.6 minutes.

Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors

Bogut has been very productive since his return to the lineup. One of his best games came in a 107-99 win over the Brooklyn Nets when he finished with 10 points on 5 for 7 shooting from the floor. He added 18 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals in 31:53.

On the season, he has appeared in 12 games and is averaging 6.8 points on 66.7 percent shooting from the floor with 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 blocks in 19.4 minutes.

Delon Wright, Utah, Toronto Raptors

After seeing minimal time with the Raptors with just 10 minutes in four games, Wright was assigned to the D-League. His best game with Raptors 905 came in a 125-109 loss to Delaware when he totaled 20 points on 8 for 14 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 3 from 3-point range. He added eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two blocks in 36 minutes.

During his two games in the D-League, he has averaged 22 points on 73.9 percent shooting from the floor with 5.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in 37 minutes.

Marshall Henderson, Utah, Reno Bighorns

Henderson started the season with the Reno Bighorns of the D-League, but only lasted four games before he was let go. One of his best games came in a 123-121 loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders when he had 15 points on 5 for 9 shooting from 3-point land with a rebound in 15 minutes.

On the season, he appeared in four games and averaged 6.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting from 3-point land with 1.3 rebounds in 11 minutes.

Justin Hawkins, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

Hawkins has been in the starting lineup for the D-Fenders for all, but one game and has done some nice things. One of his best showings came in a 106-100 loss to Santa Cruz when he recorded 15 points on 5 for 11 shooting from the floor and 4 for 4 from the free-throw line. He added eight rebounds, four assists and a block in 28 minutes.

On the season, he has played in eight games and is averaging 9.9 points on 46.7 percent shooting from the floor with 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25.9 minutes.

J.J. O’Brien, Utah, Idaho Stampede

O’Brien landed with the Stampede after he was cut by the Utah Jazz and has started seven of eight games. One of his best showings came in a 116-109 loss to the Reno Bighorns when he totaled 13 points on 5 for 11 shooting from the floor. He added five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 34 minutes.

On the season, he has appeared in eight games and is averaging 9.1 points on 37 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 2.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.3 minutes.

Michael Stockton, Westminster, Canton Charge

After a rough start to the season, Stockton has had some solid showings. One of his best games came in a 86-85 loss to the Westchester Knicks when he had 10 points on 5 for 13 shooting from the floor with four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 33 minutes.

On the season, he has played in five games and is averaging 4.2 points on 38.5 percent shooting from the floor with 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 19.8 minutes.

Davion Berry, Weber State, Maine Red Claws

Berry joined the Red Claws after three games and has been productive off the bench. One of his best games came in a 96-87 loss to the Raptors 905 when he managed 14 points on 4 for 9 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 3 from 3-point range and 4 for 5 from the free-throw line. He added two rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes.

On the season, he has appeared in four games and is averaging 8.5 points on 57.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc with 1.3 assists, 1.0 reounds and 1.0 steals in 17.8 minutes.

Jarred Shaw, Utah State, Santa Cruz Warriors

Shaw has been a solid contributor off the bench for the Warriors. One of his best games came in a 118-114 win over the Reno Bighorns when he registered 17 points on 6 for 9 shooting from the floor and 5 for 7 from the free-throw line. He added 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 29 minutes.

On the season, he has played in six games and is averaging 9.8 points on 61.5 percent shooting from the floor with 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.5 minutes.

Ronnie Price, UVU, Phoenix Suns

Price has provided valuable backup minutes to the young Suns’ back court. One of his best games came in a 114-107 win over the Denver Nuggets when he registered 10 points on 3 for 5 shooting from beyond the arc. He added two rebounds, an assist and a block in 20:06.

On the season, he has appeared in 14 games and is averaging 3.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting from the floor with 1.6 assists in 12.1 minutes.

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

Wilcox has been on assignment with the Bakersfield Jam where he has been showing off his shooting touch from the outside. One of his best games came in a 114-105 loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders when he totaled 22 points on 7 for 11 shooting from the floor, including 6 for 9 from 3-point range. He added five assists, two rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 32 minutes.

On the season, he has played seven games and is averaging 19.6 points on 50.5 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.7 percent from beyond the arc as well as 4.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 35.4 minutes.

Jimmer Fredette, BYU, Westchester Knicks

Fredette saw limited action over a six-game stretch in his return to the New Orleans Pelicans before he was waived. He has rejoined the Westchester Knicks, but hasn’t appeared in a game.

On the season, he appeared in four NBA games and averaged .5 points on 25 percent shooting from the floor with .3 assists and .3 steals in 3.3 minutes.

Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers

Even though the Trail Blazers have really struggled, Lillard is putting up huge numbers. One of his best games came in a 107-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers when he finished with 30 points on 12 for 25 shooting from the floor and 3 for 3 from the free-throw line. He added 13 assists, six rebounds, two steals and a block in 36:35.

On the season, he has played in 17 games and is averaging 25.4 points on 42 percent shooting from the floor with 7.2 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 37.5 minutes.

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