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How former IU basketball players are doing in the NBA through January – The Daily Hoosier

Seven former IU basketball players have played or will play at the highest level during the 2021-22 NBA season. We will be monitoring their seasons with monthly updates.

Below, we summarize their performance so far with NBA stats and ratings over the four months of the season and provide a brief update on each player.

(Statistics are through February 1)

Victor Oladipo –Miami

Although the exact date is unknown, Victor Oladipo is aiming for a return to court later this month after a second knee operation. The 29-year-old is looking to enter his ninth season in the NBA.

In 2020-21, he played nine games for Indiana, 20 for Houston and four games for the Miami Heat before re-injuring his right knee, averaging 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4 .6 assists per game.

A former NBA All-Star, Oladipo’s 2018-19 season was cut short by a right knee injury. He returned nearly a year later.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22: N / A

Eric Gordon –Houston

Eric Gordon is now in his sixth season with the Rockets, who currently sit last in the Western Conference standings with a 14-36 record. In total, this is his 14th season in the NBA.

Although the Rockets are struggling, Gordon is doing his best to lead by example. In January, he scored double-digit points in nine of the 12 games he played. For the season, he’s shooting his highest percentage ever from the field by a margin of more than three percentage points. He is ninth in the NBA in effective field goal percentage.

The 33-year-old’s consistent play comes as the NBA’s February 10 trade deadline looms and rumors that he will be moving to another team surface.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games Started – 43/32

MPG – 29.7
Dot – 14.3
Rebounds – 2.0
Aids – 3.1
Blocks – 0.4
Flights – 0.5
FG% – .492 (career high)
3FG% – .429
FT% – 0.757

OG Anunoby –Toronto

Last season didn’t go the way the Raptors expected. After making the playoffs for seven straight seasons, that streak came to an end. They finished 27-45 overall and 12 seeded in the Eastern Conference.

However, this year was a different story. Not only are the Raptors in the hunt for the playoffs, as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, but OG Anunoby is posting career numbers in many major statistical categories.

Now in his fifth year in the NBA, all with Toronto, the 24-year-old Anunoby’s solid play on both sides of the court will need to continue if the Raptors are to return to the playoffs.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games started – 34/34

MPG – 37.1 (career high)
Points – 18.7 (career high)
Rebounds – 5.6 (career high)
Assists – 2.6 (career high)
Blocks – 0.6
Steals – 1.6 (career high)
FG% – 0.443
3FG% – .347
FT% – 0.752

Thomas Bryant -Washington

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Last season, Bryant suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the first quarter of a 128-124 loss to the Miami Heat. The injury came at a time when Bryant was beginning to play basketball regularly and was averaging career highs in minutes played and points per game.

Although not an ideal situation, Bryant recovered and was able to return to the field on January 12 in the Wizards’ 112-106 win over the Orlando Magic. He played 12 minutes and added six points.

His minutes have been limited but are growing as he gets back to playing in NBA games, and the 24-year-old Bryant has returned to the starting lineup.

With the Wizards currently the 12th seed and half a game behind the Atlanta Hawks for the 10th seed, Bryant’s return will play a major role in whether or not the Wizards succeed.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games Started – 9/2

MPG – 15.2
Dot – 7.0
Rebounds – 3.1
Aids – 0.7
Blocks – 0.6
Flights – 0.3
FG% – 0.451
3FG% – .353
FT% – .733

Cody Zeller –Portland

After playing the first eight seasons of his career in Charlotte, Zeller joined the Portland Trail Blazers this season.

The 29-year-old served as a substitute, playing 27 games while averaging 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in just over 13 minutes per game.

However, on January 25, it was announced that after injuring himself, he underwent successful knee surgery and will miss 8-10 weeks.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games started – 27/0

Dot – 5.2
Rebounds – 4.6
Aids – 0.8
Blocks – 0.2
Flights – 0.3
FG% – 0.567
3FG% – .000
FT% – 0.776

Romeo Langford -Boston

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Langford played well for the Celtics last regular season. In the Celtics’ final two regular season games, Langford played 21 and 34 minutes respectively. He scored 8 points in a 124-108 win over Minnesota on May 15. Then, in a 96-92 loss to the New York Knicks on May 16, he scored a season-high 14 points to go along with 4 rebounds.

Hoping the good play could continue, the 22-year-old Langford started the season playing important minutes off the bench for a Celtics team that is in playoff contention.

They currently sit 27-25 overall and are the top nine seeds in the Eastern Conference.

However, in the month of January, he averaged his fewest minutes per game of any month so far, 9.5 minutes. Still, he’s posting career highs in multiple categories in his third season with Boston.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games Started – 41/5

MPG – 16.9 (career high)
Points – 4.6 (career high)
Rebounds – 2.5 (career high)
Aids – 0.5
Blocks – 0.4 (career high)
Steals – 0.5 (career high)
FG% – .424 (career high)
3FG% – .338 (career high)
FT% – .643

Juwan Morgan – Toronto Raptors / Maine Celtics (G-League)

On December 22, 2021, Morgan signed a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors.

He appeared in one game, a 144-99 Raptors loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, in which he scored five points and four rebounds in 27 minutes of action.

Then, on January 1, 2022, the 24-year-old was acquired by the Maine Celtics of the G-League after his 10-day contract expired.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games Started – 1/0

MPG – 27.0 (career high)
Points – 5.0 (career high)
Rebounds – 4.0 (career high)
Assists – 1.0 (career high)
Blocks – 0.0
Flights – 0.0
FG% – .667 (career high)
3FG% – .500 (career high)
FT% – SO

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