If you care about Big Ten basketball, then you probably care enough about where some of your favorite past players are now and how they are doing.
That’s what I’m here for, as we begin our weekly NBA Roundup – taking a look at some of the best stories involving past Big Ten players in the NBA.
A little background in case you don’t pay much attention outside college hoops, the Big Ten Conference currently has 34 active players. The Big Ten has a little bit of representation in all aspects of the NBA, from NBA defending champion to one of the most exciting rookies in the league with everything in between.
So let’s take a look to see how the Big Ten is being represented in this week’s NBA Roundup.
- Let’s just be straight up with this one, O.G. Anunoby is showing every bit of why he was considered a lottery pick before his injury in 2017. Anunoby has finished with a positive plus-minus in 23 of the 30 games he has played in. Additionally, the Raptors are outscoring opponents by an average of 17.3 points (per 100 possessions) when he is on the floor. The Raptors have only lost four games in the last six weeks, Anunoby being a key component. The Raptors have only lost four games in the last six weeks, Anunoby being a key component.
- It just seems fitting that after Victor Oladipo was traded to his third team in as many seasons, he lands 45 minutes north of where he once reigned. If I were Mayor of Indianapolis, I would be declaring every day Victor Oladipo day and parading through the streets with the kind of season he has put together so far. (Consolation, he actually said Oladipo was the Mayor)
the actual mayor of indianapolis just said victor oladipo is the mayor instead. pic.twitter.com/pYrW2RX6kG— Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney) December 13, 2017
- In 31 games, Oladipo is averaging 34.4 minutes, 24.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, shooting 48.3% from the field, 43.2% from beyond the arc, and owning a true shooting percentage of 59.6%. Show me Dipo highlights so I know it’s real.
- It seems like Gary Harris is starting to come into his own in his fourth season with the Denver Nuggets. In the first 15 games this season, Harris had zero 20+ point games. In the last 15 games, he has nine games of 20 points or more including a career-high 36 points against the Boston Celtics.
- After starting 3-20, the Chicago Bulls won seven straight games. After their win on Wednesday night, Denzel Valentine was quoted saying that the Chicago Bulls were one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Once Valentine is done with basketball as a profession, he might just have a career in comedy.
- Here’s Draymond Green casually guarding every position on the floor…in one possession.
Draymond green casually guarding an entire team in each position pic.twitter.com/wdnF9MtCfG— ًhas (@SjrCharles) December 5, 2017
- In his second NBA season, Caris LeVert has become a legitimate piece in what the Brooklyn Nets are trying to do. Over the last 10 games, LeVert has scored in double digits in eight of those games. LeVert is averaging 14.2 points, 5.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds and shooting 46.3% from the field during that stretch.
- After signing a four-year, $71 million dollar contract in the off-season, Tim Hardaway Jr. returns to the team that drafted him in 2013 – the New York Knicks. Hardaway is having his best season of his early NBA career, posting 17.8 points per game and shooting 42% from the field. Hardaway is currently dealing with a leg injury he suffered at the start of December.
- San Antonio Spurs guard Brandon Paul has one of the more interesting paths to the NBA. After bouncing back from multiple injuries since leaving Illinois, Paul found his way to the San Antonio Spurs where he has played in 31 games this season. While Paul’s box score may not speak volumes, it seems like he is fitting into Greg Popovich’s system quite nicely.
Brandon Paul has such a polished gamepic.twitter.com/iTCab6NkBI— Tom Petrini (@RealTomPetrini) December 10, 2017
- Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky tied his season high with 24 points in a win over the New York Knicks this week. It was also announced on December 18th that Kaminsky’s number 44 will be retired by Wisconsin basketball.