Local flavor in the NBA (and Beyond): Fredette named an all-star; Lillard snubbed

Our local favorites have reached the half way point of the season in the NBA and the D-League. Some have had a great deal of success during the first half while others have struggled. Former Utah State star Jarred Shaw was cut from the D-League while Former Ute J.J. O’Brien earned his first NBA call-up with the Utah Jazz.

Jimmer Fredette earned a trip to Toronto, Canada to play in the D-League all-star game while Damian Lillard couldn’t land his third straight all-star appearance even though he is having arguably his best NBA season.

Here is a look how the NBA and D-League players with local ties have performed recently.

Andre Miller, Utah, Minnesota Timberwolves

Miller has seen his floor time decrease drastically since our last update. He hasn’t played in the last five games for the Timberwolves and saw action in just three of the last 10 contests. His best recent showing came in a 30-point win over the Phoenix Suns when he totaled one points on 1 for 2 shooting from the free-throw line to go along with an assist in 4:26.

On the season, he has played in 20 games and is averaging 3.6 points on 60.9 percent shooting with 2.4 assists in 10.8 minutes.

Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors

Bogut has seen steady minutes as the Warriors are making a run at the best regular-season record in league history. His best showing of late came in a three-point win over the Philadelphia 76ers when he registered eight points on 50 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 16 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 25:49.

On the season, he has appeared in 40 games and is averaging 5.6 points on 62.7 percent shooting with 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks in 20.9 minutes.

Delon Wright, Utah, Toronto Raptors

Wright has continued to bounce back and forth between the Raptors and the D-League. Although he has scored in each of his last three NBA games, he is having his most success with the 905. His best recent outing came in a 107-94 win over the Westchester Knicks when he totaled 20 points on the strength of a 9 for 10 shooting performance from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 38 minutes.

In 12 games with the 905, he has averaged 18 points on 532.7 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 6.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 36.7 minutes.

In 11 games with Toronto, he has totaled seven points on 2 for 10 shooting from the floor and 3 for 6 from the free-throw line with six rebounds and four assists in a combined 31 minutes.

Justin Hawkins, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

Hawkins has been a consistent performer for the D-Fenders. One of his best recent showings came in a 131-116 win over the Reno Bighorns when he recorded 18 points on 8 for 17 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 7 from beyond the arc. He added 10 rebounds, two assists and a block in 35 minutes.

On the season, he has played in 28 games and is averaging 11.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting from the floor with 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 28.7 minutes.

J.J. O’Brien, Utah, Utah Jazz/Idaho Stampede

After an impressive stretch with the Idaho Stampede, O’Brien got called up by the Utah Jazz for a 10-day contract. He played six minutes over two games, but went scoreless after he missed his only field goal attempt. He did have a rebound and a steal in 4:27 in the 27-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

In 27 games with the Idaho Stampede, he is averaging 10.5 points on 42.1 percent shooting from the floor with 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.4 minutes a night.

Michael Stockton, Westminster, Canton Charge

Stockton hasn’t shot the ball well of late, but has still made some solid contributions for the Canton Charge. His best recent showing came in a 111-95 win over the Erie BayHawks when he registered nine points on 2 for 5 shooting from the floor, including a make on his only 3-point attempt and 4 for 4 from the free-throw line. He added a game-high eight assists, two rebounds and a steal in 23 minutes.

On the season, he has played 27 games and is averaging 6.3 points on 40.5 percent shooting from the floor with 3.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 20.1 minutes.

Davion Berry, Weber State, Maine Red Claws

Berry has seen his minutes drop as Celtics guard Terry Rozier has spent more time with the Red Claws. Berry’s best showing recently came in a 105-93 loss to the Canton Charge when he recorded 10 points on 3 for 5 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 2 from 3-point range  and two for 2 from the free-throw line. He also added a rebound in 11 minutes.

On the season, he has played in 22 games and is averaging 6.9 points on 39.5 percent shooting with 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 20.3 minutes.

Ronnie Price, UVU, Phoenix Suns

Price hasn’t played since our last update as Jeff Hornacek and the Phoenix Suns have turned to the young back court of Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker to see what kind of NBA players they can be.

On the season, Price has appeared in 34 games and is averaging 4.2 points on 38.2 percent shooting with 1.7 assists, 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 14.8 minutes.

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

Wilcox has finally found some minutes with the Clippers after spending most of the early part of the season in the D-League. His best showing with Los Angeles came in a 28-point win over the New York Knicks when he finished with four points on 2 of 2 shooting from the floor in 6:10.

In his six games with the Clippers, he has scored six points on 3 for 8 shooting from the floor with two rebounds and two assists in 18 total minutes.

In 15 games in the D-League, he is averaging 17.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting from the floor with 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 33.7 minutes.

Jimmer Fredette, BYU, Westchester Knicks

Fredette earned a spot in the D-League all-star game then proved it was no fluke with a pair of huge games. His best outing came in a 110-100 win over the Sioux Falls Skyforce when he tied his career-high with 37 points on 14 for 25 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 8 from 3-point land and 4 for 4 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 35 minutes.

On the season, he has played 24 games and is averaging 23.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting from the floor with 5.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 36.9 minutes.

Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers

Lillard is in the middle of another impressive season in the NBA as the main offensive weapon for the new-look Portland Trail Blazers. His best recent showing came in a 18-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers when he totaled 36 points on 14 for 19 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 8 from 3-point range and 3 for 4 from the free-throw line. He added five assists and a rebound in 29:29.

On the season, he has appeared in 41 games and is averaging 24.3 points on 42.2 percent shooting to go along with 7.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 36.1 minutes.

Matt Carlino, BYU, Rio Grande Valley Vipers

After struggling with his outside shot since he landed with the Vipers from France, Carlino finally found his stroke for Rio Grande Valley. His best game came in a 131-122 win over the Texas Legends when he finished with 14 points on 5 for 8 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 6 from beyond the arc. He added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes.

On the season, he has played 11 games and is averaging 3.9 points on 31.1 percent shooting with 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 14.8 minutes.

Dallin Bachynski, Utah, Grand Rapids Drive

Bachynski has seen very little action since joining the Grand Rapids Drive from Japan. His best showing recently came in a 112-98 loss to the Iowa Energy when he finished with two points on 1 for 3 shooting from the floor to go along with two rebounds and a steal in 11 minutes.

On the season, he has played eight games and is averaging 1.8 points on 41.7 percent shooting from the floor with 2.3 rebounds in 7.1 minutes.

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