Year in review: How players with local ties fared in the NBA, D-League
While the NBA playoffs are still in progress, the season has come to an end for all the players with local ties.
Some players had productive seasons with important contributions on good teams, while others tried to adjust to new surroundings, new teammates and a completely new style of basketball in their first year of pro basketball. There were also plenty of ups and downs, including record-setting scoring nights, trades and serious injuries.
Here is a look how the NBA and D-League players with local ties performed during the regular season and in the playoffs.
Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers
Bogut began the season with the Dallas Mavericks where he was in and out of the lineup because of injuries, but still managed to be a solid contributor before he was moved at the trade deadline to the Philadelphia 76ers. After he was waived by the 76ers, he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers, but made just one appearance before he suffered a season-ending injury. One of his best showings was in a 25-point win over the Chicago Bulls when he scored eight points on 4 for 4 shooting from the floor and added 11 rebounds, two steals and an assist in 21:54 minutes of play.
In 26 games with the Mavericks, he averaged 3.0 points on 46.9 percent shooting with 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 blocks in 22.4 minutes.
Salt Lake City Stars, Rio Grande Valley Vipers
After playing one game with the Salt Lake Stars during the regular season, Tucker caught on with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers where he saw limited minutes in three playoff games.
During those three games with Rio Grande, he totaled a defensive rebound while missing his only shot in eight minutes.
During his lone game with the Stars, he managed six points, two steals and a rebound in 35 minutes.
Los Angeles D-Fenders
Foster was used mostly in the second unit as a rebounder and rim protector when he saw minutes. One of his best games of the year came in a 101-97 win over the Iowa Energy when he recorded nine points on a perfect 4 for 4 shooting from the floor while converting his only free throw. He also chipped in with four rebounds and three blocks in 14 minutes.
In 30 games, he averaged 2.7 points on 49.4 percent shooting with 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 11.2 minutes.
After seeing regular minutes during the regular season, Wright saw a somewhat diminished role in the playoffs, getting double-figure minutes in just four of 10 games. His best showing came in a 27-point first-round loss to the Milwaukee Bucks when he recorded 13 points on 4 for 6 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 3 from beyond the arc. He added six rebounds and two assists in 26:43.
In 27 games with the Raptors, he averaged 5.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting with 2.1 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 16.5 minutes.
In nine playoff games, he averaged 2.8 points on 52.9 percent shooting with 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 10.2 minutes.
In five games in the D-League, he averaged 12.6 points on 51.2 percent shooting from inside the arc to go along with 5.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks in 29.6 minutes.
After an impressive stretch to close out the regular season, Poeltl saw very limited action as the Raptors struggled during the playoffs. His best playoff showing came in a 104-77 first-round loss to Milwaukee when he managed four points and seven rebounds in 9:25.
In 54 games, he averaged 3.1 points on 58.3 percent shooting from the floor with 3.1 rebounds in 11.6 minutes.
In six playoff games, he averaged 1.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting with 2.0 rebounds in 4.3 minutes.
Salt Lake City Stars
O’Brien was an important piece of the Stars during their first season in Salt Lake. While he didn’t always put up big scoring numbers he was a key contributor on both ends of the floor. One of his best games came in a loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce when he totaled 20 points on 5 for 13 shooting from the field, including 3 for 5 from distance and 7 of 9 from the foul line. He added six rebounds, four assists and three steals in 38 minutes.
In 47 games, he averaged 10.3 points on 39.4 percent shooting with 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 33 minutes.
Wilcox played nothing more than a bit role during his first season with the Magic. He played double-figure minutes only twice and only scored in seven games. His best outing of the year came in a 112-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls when he managed five points on 1 of 2 shooting from 3-point range and 2 for 2 from the free-throw line. He added a rebound and an assist in 9:43.
In 22 games with the Magic, he totaled 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in 108 minutes.
In four D-League games, he averaged 12.5 points on 51.3 percent shooting with 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 25.7 minutes.
Hamilton had a nice year in his return to the NBA as a solid bench scorer for the Nets. One of his best games came in a five-point loss to the Boston Celtics when he recorded 19 points on 7 for 12 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 6 from beyond the arc. He added 10 rebounds for his only double-double of the season.
In 64 games, he averaged 6.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting from the field to go along with 4.1 rebounds in 18.4 minutes.
Portland Trail Blazers
Lillard had another monster year as he helped carry the Trail Blazers to a playoff berth before the were swept 4-0 by the Golden State Warriors. One of his best playoff showings came in a six-point Game 3 loss when he totaled 31 points on 10 for 23 shooting from the field and 7 for 7 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds, four assists and a block in 39:46.
In 75 regular season games, he averaged 27 points on 44.4 percent shooting to go along with 5.9 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 35.9 minutes.
In four playoff games, he averaged 27.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting with 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 37.8 minutes.
Collinsworth showed his versatility as a passer, rebounder and defender during his shortened season in Texas. One of his best games of the year was in a loss to the Sioux Falls SkyForce when he managed 16 points on 6 for 10 shooting from the floor and 4 for 6 from the charity stripe. He added game-highs of 17 rebounds and six steals while handing out five assists in 42:26.
In 36 games, he put up 6.4 points on 42.9 percent shooting while adding 7.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals in 27.3 minutes.
Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City Stars
Bolomboy showed off his ability as a top-notch rebounder during his time with the Stars, but didn’t see very many meaningful minutes with the Jazz during his rookie year. His best game during Utah’s playoff run came in a 12-point second-round loss to Golden State when he recorded four points on 2 for 2 shooting from the field while grabbing a rebound in 5:16.
In 24 games with the Stars, he averaged 16.5 points on 54 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 13.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks in 34.4 minutes.
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In 12 games with the Jazz during the regular season, he averaged 1.8 points on 56.3 percent shooting with 1.4 rebounds in 4.4 minutes.
In two playoff games, he totaled four points, two rebounds and a block in 8:58.
Price landed with the Suns in January but didn’t see consistent minutes until the last two weeks of the season where he played in eight straight games. One of his best showings came in a nine-point loss to Golden State when he had two points, two assists, two steals and a block in 9:34.
In 14 games, he averaged 1.0 points and 1.3 assists in 9.6 minutes.
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Published at Fri, 12 May 2017 19:15:00 +0000