Local flavor in the NBA (and beyond): Lillard advances; Fredette, O’Brien honored

It has been quite an eventful season for the NBA and D-League players with local ties. There was an all-star game MVP, an all-star snub, injuries, as well as plenty of ups and downs.

Damian Lillard got some injury help as the Trail Blazers advanced to the second round of the playoffs, while Jimmer Fredette and J.J. O’Brien each earned end-of-the-year D-League honors.

Here is a look how the NBA and D-League players with local ties have performed during the end of the regular season and into the playoffs.

Andre Miller, Utah, San Antonio Spurs

While Miller is on the tail-end of his long and storied career, he is still making solid contributions for the Spurs. One of his best recent showings 25-point win over the Minnesota Timberwolves when he totaled 13 points on 5 for 6 shooting from the floor, including a make on his only 3-point attempt and 2 for 2 from the free-throw line. He added five assists, two rebounds and a steal in 24:56 of action.

On the season, he has played in 39 games and is averaging 3.7 points on 55.7 percent shooting with 2.2 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 11.8 minutes.

Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors

Even though his minutes are down, Bogut is still a huge part of the Warriors as they make a push for their second straight championship. One of his best games to end the regular season came in a seven-point loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves when he had 10 points on 5 for 7 shooting from the field. He added 15 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal in 31:58 on the floor.

On the season, he has appeared in 70 games and averaged 5.4 points on 62.7 percent shooting with 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 blocks in 20.7 minutes.

Delon Wright, Utah, Toronto Raptors

After spending much of the season prepping in the D-League, Wright got to see some good minutes down the stretch in Toronto. His best effort came in the last game of the regular-season when he put up 18 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 4 for 4 from the free-throw line. He added seven assists, five rebounds and two blocks in 37:07.

In 15 games with the 905, he averaged 17.7 points on 53.6 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 6.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 35.7 minutes.

In 27 games with Toronto, he averaged 3.8 points on 45 percent shooting with 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 8.5 minutes.

Justin Hawkins, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

Hawkins saw his minutes diminish at the end of the season, but still had a productive overall year as the D-Fenders overcame some terrible home woes to make it to the D-League championship.

On the season, he played in 46 games and averaged 9.6 points on 40.9 percent shooting from the floor with 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 25.2 minutes.

J.J. O’Brien, Utah, Idaho Stampede

O’Brien had a fine rookie season playing for the Idaho Stampede to earn NBA D-League All-Rookie team honors, and even had a short call-up to the Utah Jazz. One of his best outings to end the year came in a 116-113 loss to the Reno Bighorns when he finished with 34 points on 14 for 22 shooting from the floor and 4 for 4 from the free-throw line. He added eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 47 minutes.

In 46 games with Idaho, he averaged 14.1 points on 48.9 percent shooting from the floor with 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 36 minutes a night.

Michael Stockton, Westminster, Canton Charge

Stockton had an impressive season in the D-League as he helped the Canton Charge to the second round of the playoffs before falling to the Sioux Falls Skyforce. One of his best showings came in a 115-114 win over the Maine Red Claws when he had 21 points on 9 for 16 shooting from the floor and 2 for 2 from the charity stripe. He added 10 assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 37 minutes.

On the season, he played 50 games and averaged 8.4 points on 44 percent shooting from the floor with 4.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 23 minutes.

Davion Berry, Weber State, Raptors 905

Berry closed out the season in fine fashion after moving to the Raptors 905 from the Maine Red Claws. One of his best performances with the 905 came in a 114-113 win over the Westchester Knicks when he totaled 31 points on 10 for 15 shooting from the field, including 6 for 7 from beyond the arc and 5 for 6 from the free-throw line. He added five assists, two rebounds and a steal in 40 minutes.

On the season, he played in 41 games and averaged 10.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting with 3.0 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 25.3 minutes.

Ronnie Price, UVU, Phoenix Suns

Even though the Suns struggled through a difficult season of injuries, Price had one of his most productive offensive years. One of his best games to end the season came in an 18-point win over the Orlando Magic when he finished with 14 points on 6 for 10 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 4 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds, five steals and four assists in 44:46.

On the season, Price has appeared in 62 games and averaged 5.3 points on 38.4 percent shooting with 2.4 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 19.5 minutes.

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

Wilcox didn’t see much floor time in his second season in the NBA, spending most of the year bouncing around between the Clippers and two different D-League teams. His best game with Los Angeles came in a nine-point loss to the Phoenix Suns when he had 19 points on 8 for 13 shooting from the field, including 3 for 6 from 3-point range. He added three rebounds, an assist and a block in 28:51

In his 23 games with the Clippers, he averaged 3.0 points on 39.4 percent shooting in 7.3 minutes.

In 21 games in the D-League, he averaged 18.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor with 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 32.7 minutes.

Jimmer Fredette, BYU, Westchester Knicks

While he was called up to the NBA twice during the season, Fredette spend the majority of the year playing in the D-League with the Westchester Knicks where he helped the team reach the playoffs. One of his best recent games came in a game-two loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce when he had 26 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the field, including 4 for 4 from 3-point range and 2 for 3 from the free-throw line. He added five assists, five rebounds and a steal in 40 minutes.

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

In 40 D-League games, he averaged 21.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor with 5.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 35.8 minutes. That production was good enough for him to earn All-NBA D-League Second-Team.

Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers

Lillard carried the Trail Blazers into the playoffs, and followed it up by pushing past the Los Angeles Clippers into the second round. One of his best recent showings came in an eight-point win over the Clippers when he totaled 32 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor and 9 for 9 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds and two assists in 37:03.

On the season, he appeared in 75 games and averaged 25.1 points on 41.9 percent shooting to go along with 6.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 35.7 minutes.

Matt Carlino, BYU, Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Carlino didn’t see much floor time during the last part of the season as the Vipers made it to the D-League playoffs. One of his best games to end the regular season came in a 122-117 win over Oklahoma City Blue when he finished with 14 points on 4 for 9 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 6 from beyond the arc and 3 for 4 from the foul line. He added three steals, two rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes.

On the season, he played 28 games and averaged 3.7 points on 30.6 percent shooting from 3-point range with 1.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 13.5 minutes.

 

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