Local flavor in the NBA (and Beyond): Lillard torches all comers; Fredette lands dream job

There has been a lot going on for the NBA and D-League players with local ties since our last update. Damian Lillard has opened up the second half of the season on fire after being snubbed from the all-star game, while Andre Miller had his contract bought out by the Minnesota Timberwolves and has landed with the San Antonio Spurs.

Jimmer Fredette found his way back to the NBA, signing a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks, but didn’t get the kind of opportunity to play that his fans were hoping for, while some of the young players have finally started to see minutes.

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

Andre Miller, Utah, Minnesota Timberwolves

After playing sparing through the first part of the year with the Timberwolves, Miller was released by Minnesota last week. It didn’t take long to find a new team as he inked a deal with San Antonio Spurs just days later. He has played two games since joining the Spurs and has grabbed three rebounds and handed out two assists in 12 total minutes.

On the season, he has played in 28 games and is averaging 3.1 points on 61 percent shooting with 2.1 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 10.4 minutes.

Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors

Bogut has been a steady defensive presence all season long for the Golden State Warriors. He has provided solid rim protection while doing nice work on the backboards. His best recent showing came in a 13-point win over the Houston Rockets when he totaled 13 points on 5 for 10 shooting from the floor and 3 for 4 from the free-throw line. He added 11 rebounds, six blocks,three steals and an assist in 28:42.

On the season, he has appeared in 52 games and is averaging 5.7 points on 62.4 percent shooting with 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 blocks in 21.3 minutes.

Delon Wright, Utah, Toronto Raptors

Even though he has played more regularly for the Raptors of late, he still hasn’t been able to crack the regular rotation. He had his best showing recently came in a 13-point loss to the Detroit Pistons when he had 13 points on 3 for 8 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 4 from beyond the arc and 5 for 6 from the free-throw line. He added six assists, three rebounds and a steal in 30:46.

In 12 games with the 905, he has averaged 18 points on 53.7 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 6.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 36.7 minutes.

In 17 games with Toronto, he is averaging 1.6 points on 34.8 percent shooting, including 57.1 percent from 3-point land in 4.4 minutes.

Justin Hawkins, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

Hawkins has been a consistent contributor for the D-Fenders most of the season. One of his best recent showings came in a 117-107 win over the Idaho Stampede when he recorded 16 points on 6 for 13 shooting from the floor and 3 for 3 from the foul line. He added six rebounds, two assists and a steal in 31 minutes.

On the season, he has played in 37 games and is averaging 11 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the floor with 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 27.5 minutes.

J.J. O’Brien, Utah, Idaho Stampede

O’Brien has been lighting it up on the offensive end of the floor since returning to the Stampede after his short stint with the Jazz. His best showing of late came in a 129-116 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders when he totaled 30 points on 11 for 15 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 4 from beyond the arc. He added eight assists and five rebounds in 37 minutes.

In 35 games with Idaho, he is averaging 13.3 points on 48.7 percent shooting from the floor with 5.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 35 minutes a night.

Michael Stockton, Westminster, Canton Charge

Stockton has seen his numbers improve a great deal since his minutes went up for the Charge. His most impressive game recently came in a 125-120 win over the Delaware 87ers when he finished with 17 points on 8 for 12 shooting from the floor. He added a team-high 10 assists, four rebounds, and four steals in 36 minutes.

On the season, he has played 38 games and is averaging 8.0 points on 42.7 percent shooting from the floor with 4.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 22.3 minutes.

Davion Berry, Weber State, Maine Red Claws

Berry was in the middle of a stretch of solid play before he was replaced in the starting line up with the addition of Tim Frazier to the Red Claws. He best recent showing came in a 147-133 win over the Delaware 87ers when he registered 19 points on 8 for 11 shooting from the floor, including a perfect 3 for 3 from beyond the arc. He added four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes.

On the season, he has played in 31 games and is averaging 7.7 points on 42.2 percent shooting with 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 22.6 minutes.

Ronnie Price, UVU, Phoenix Suns

Price has found his way into the starting lineup for the struggling Suns and has put up some solid numbers. His best game recently came in a 10-point loss to the Brooklyn Nets when he totaled 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor. He added four steals, three assists and a block in 37:56.

On the season, Price has appeared in 41 games and is averaging 4.9 points on 39.5 percent shooting with 1.9 assists, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 16.7 minutes.

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

While significant minutes aren’t there just yet, Wilcox has seen his floor time increase drastically with the Clippers over the last month. His best recent outing came in a three-point loss to the Golden State Warriors when he finished with six points on 2 for 4 shooting from three point land to go along with a rebound and a steal in 4:47.

In his 13 games with the Clippers, he is averaging 1.5 points on 25.9 percent shooting in 4.6 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/New York Knicks

Fredette signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks after an impressive run in Westchester, but saw action in just two games. His best showing during his short stint with the Knicks came in a 19-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers when he finished with four points on 4 for 5 shooting from the foul line in 3:13.

In six NBA games, he is averaging 1.5 points on 40 percent shooting from the floor in 3.0 minutes.

In 30 D-League games he is averaging 21.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting from the floor with 4.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 36.2 minutes.

Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers

Lillard has been on a scoring tear since the all-star break, putting up huge numbers just about every night for the surging Trail Blazers. His best game recently came in a 32-point win over the Golden State Warriors when he registered 51 points on 18 for 28 shooting from the floor, including 9 for 12 from beyond the arc and 6 for 7 from the free-throw line. He added seven assists and six steals in 31:06.

On the season, he has appeared in 55 games and is averaging 25.3 points on 42.8 percent shooting to go along with 6.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 35.9 minutes.

Matt Carlino, BYU, Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Carlino has really struggled with his shot since joining the Vipers after spending the first half of the season in France. His best showing of late came in a 113-101 win over the Texas Legends when he totaled eight points on 2 for 6 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 5 from 3-point range. He added a team-high six assists and four rebounds in 16 minutes.

On the season, he has played 21 games and is averaging 3.8 points on 29.5 percent shooting with 2.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 15.2 minutes.

Dallin Bachynski, Utah, Grand Rapids Drive

Bachynski has had a difficult time finding consistent minutes since he joined the Drive. His best game recently came in a 106-89 loss to the Canton Charge when he finished with three points on 1 of 3 shooting from the floor, including a make on his only 3-point attempt. He added five rebounds (two on the offensive end), in 13 minutes.

On the season, he has played 13 games and is averaging 1.8 points on 37.5 percent shooting from the floor with 2.2 rebounds in 7.8 minutes.

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