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How former IU basketball players are doing in the NBA through March – 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 six months of the season and provide a brief update on each player.

(Statistics are through March 31)

Victor Oladipo –Miami

After a second knee surgery, Oladipo returned to the field on March 7 against the Houston Rockets. He played 15 minutes and scored 11 points to go along with four assists.

In the last two games he played, he played 20 and 25 minutes respectively. Although he hasn’t come to his senses, the former NBA All-Star could play an important role off the bench come playoff time.

The Heat are currently 49-28 overall, a 0.5 game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games Started – 6/0

MPG – 18.3
Dot – 6.3
Rebounds – 1.7
Aids – 2.8
Blocks – 0.2
Flights – 0.2
FG% – 0.375
3FG% – .250
FT% – .667

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 20-57 record. Overall, he is in his 14and season in the NBA.

In March, Gordon averaged 9.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in eight games played.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle recently reported that Gordon was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games Started – 57/46

MPG – 29.3
Dot – 13.4
Rebounds – 2.0
Aids – 2.7
Blocks – 0.3
Flights – 0.5
FG% – .475 (career high)
3FG% – .412
FT% – 0.778

OG Anunoby –Toronto

Last season didn’t go the way the Raptors expected. 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 Eastern Conference’s six seed, 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 make a playoff run.

Anunoby played four games in March after returning from a broken right ring finger. He averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games started – 46/46

MPG – 36.3 (career high)
Points – 17.4 (career high)
Rebounds – 5.4
Assists – 2.6 (career high)
Blocks – 0.5
Steals – 1.5 (career tie)
FG% – 0.444
3FG% – .368
FT% – .748

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.

While not an ideal situation, Bryant has rehabilitated and been able to return to the court this season, seeing time both in the starting lineup and coming off the bench.

Although the Wizards were knocked out of the playoffs, the remaining games are still important to Bryant’s continued development.

In five games played in March, he averaged 10.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in just over 18 minutes per game.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games Started – 9/23

MPG – 17.3
Dot – 8.3
Rebounds – 4.0
Aids – 1.0
Blocks – 0.8
Flights – 0.3
FG%-.529
3FG% – .282
FT% – .875 (career high)

Cody Zeller – Free agent

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 per game in just over 13 minutes per game.

However, Zeller was waived by Portland in early February and is currently a free agent.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games started – 27/0

MPG-13.1
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 -San Antonio

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However, Langford was traded midseason from Boston to the San Antonio Spurs in a trade involving Josh Richardson, Derrick White and a draft pick.

Langford appeared in one game for the Spurs, a March 7 game against the Lakers, scoring seven points in 16 minutes. However, he hasn’t played since then due to a hamstring injury. There is no timetable for his return.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games Started – 45/5

MPG – 16.5 (career high)
Points – 4.8 (career high)
Rebounds – 2.3 (career high)
Aids – 0.4
Blocks – 0.4 (career high)
Steals – 0.5 (career high)
FG% – .436 (career high)
3FG% – .345 (career high)
FT% – .553

Juwan Morgan Boston Celtics

On Monday, Morgan signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics. He hasn’t appeared with them yet.

Morgan had recently played in the G-League with the Maine Celtics, appearing in 29 games.

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

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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