Local flavor in the NBA (and beyond): Lillard off to hot start; Hamilton contributes for Nets
Utah is well-represented in the NBA and D-League with 10 players with local ties currently on rosters. Of the 10, Damian Lillard is off to the best start, followed by former Lone Peak High School star Justin Hamilton. The only other player seeing a decent amount of time on the floor is Andrew Bogut, who is in his first season in Dallas.
While those are the only three getting big NBA minutes, others have seen plenty of action in the D-League.
Here is a look at how the players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League so far this season.
David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders
Foster has been a solid defensive presence off the bench for the D-Fenders. One of his best recent outings came in a 117-108 win over the Oklahoma City Blue when he totaled four points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes.
On the season, he has appeared in six games and is averaging 4.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 12.7 minutes.
Delon Wright, Utah, Toronto Raptors
Wright is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and has yet to make his first appearance.
Jakob Poeltl, Utah, Toronto Raptors
Poeltl hasn’t been able to find consistent minutes in first year with the Raptors, but have a huge showing in his only D-League appearance. In a 100-91 loss to the Maine Red Claws, he totaled 21 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with 15 rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes.
In nine NBA games, he is averaging 3.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting with 4.2 rebounds in 15 minutes.
J.J. O’Brien, Utah, Salt Lake City Stars
O’Brien is a key piece for the Salt Lake Stars. One of his best games came in a 117-100 loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce when he totaled 20 points on 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc with six rebounds, four assists and three steals in 38 minutes.
On the season, he has appeared in nine games and is averaging 10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 36.9 minutes.
Andrew Bogut, Utah, Dallas Mavericks
Bogut has continued to rebound the ball well in his first season for the Dallas Mavericks. One of his best games came in a 91-81 win over the New Orleans Pelicans when he recorded five points, 14 rebounds and three assists in just under 29 minutes.
On the season, he has played 14 games and is averaging 3.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting with 10.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 26.2 minutes.
C.J. Wilcox, Pleasant Grove High School, Orlando Magic
Wilcox hasn’t seen much action in his first year with the Magic. His best performance came in a 112-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls when he totaled five points on 1-for-2 shooting from the floor and 2 for 2 from the foul line. He added an assist and a rebound in 9:43.
On the season, he has appeared in seven games and is averaging 1.1 points in 6.1 minutes.
Justin Hamilton, Lone Peak High School, Brooklyn Nets
Hamilton has made some solid contributions in his first year with the Nets. One of his best games came in a 110-96 loss to the New York Knicks when he finished with a season-high 21 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point land. He added four rebounds and a steal in 22:32.
On the season, he has played 18 games and is averaging 7.7 points on 46.4 percent shooting with 4.4 rebounds in 22.5 minutes.
Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers
Lillard is having the best year of his already impressive career. One of his best games came in a 137-125 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers when he finished with 40 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 7 from beyond the arc and 9 for 9 from the free-throw line. He added 11 assists and seven rebounds in 37:33.
On the season, he has played 20 games and is averaging 28.2 points on 47 percent shooting with 5.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 35.7 minutes.
Kyle Collinsworth, BYU, Texas Legends
Collinsworth has continued to stuff the stat sheet during his first season with the Texas Legends in the D-League. One of his best games came in a 121-106 win over the Greensboro Swarm when he registered seven points on 3-for-8 shooting, including 1 for 2 from beyond the arc. He added nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in 28 minutes.
On the season, he has appeared in six games and is averaging 6.0 points on 35 percent shooting with 7.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 31 minutes.
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Joel Bolomboy, Weber State, Utah Jazz
Bolomboy has yet to see any real playing time during his rookie season with the Jazz. His most significant impact of late came in a 108-83 win over the Denver Nuggets when he totaled two points and a rebound in 1:57.
On the season, he has scored five points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots in 15 total minutes.
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Published at Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:59:00 +0000