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NBA Roundup - Victor Oladipo, Gary Harris, O.G. Anunoby, and Draymond Green

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What does one of the NBA’s best rookies, a former Big Ten Player of the Year, and a big rig accident have in common?

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Indiana Pacers Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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.

-Indiana

  • 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)
  • 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.

-Michigan State

-Michigan

  • 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.

-Illinois

  • 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.

-Wisconsin

-Ohio State

  • Something frightening and non-basketball related happened to Portland Trail Blazers Evan Turner this week. A semi-truck fell off a ledge and into Turner’s pool on Wednesday, the driver was rescued.