Well folks, its the start of the new year, and with that, comes the return of Cards in the NBA. Your one-stop place to find out how your favorite Cardinals Forever are faring in the National Basketball Association. We’ve got quite a few players to get through, so let’s get this started!
*Stats are accurate for games played through January 19th, 2020
Gorgui Dieng (C/PF for the Minnesota Timberwolves)
38 Games Played, 18.3 Minutes per game, 44.9 Field goal percentage, 39.2 3-Point percentage, 80.4 Free Throw percentage, 6 Rebounds per game, 1.4 Assists per game, 0.9 Blocks per game, 0.9 Steals per game, 1 Turnover per game, 8.1 Points per game.
Gorgui’s stats are right around his career average, although he is averaging slightly less minutes per game. Although the T’wolves are struggling, Dieng is still a valuable veteran to have around for the team.
Montrezl Harrell (C/PF for the Los Angeles Clippers)
42 GP, 28.7 MPG, 57.8 FG%, 0.0 3PT%, 63.5 FT%, 7.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.1 BPG, 0.7 SPG, 1.9 TPG, 19.3 PPG
Montrezl is experiencing his best season as a pro (although his field goal % is slightly down), being the 6th or 7th man on a very dangerous LA Clippers team that is one of the top contenders to win the Western Conference. He is setting himself up nicely for an extremely good payday this upcoming summer.
Terry Rozier (PG for the Charlotte Hornets)
44 GP, 34.2 MPG, 42.4 FG%, 39.9 3PT%, 84.6 FT%, 4.3 RPG, 4.4 APG, 0.2 BPG, 1.2 SPG, 2.4 TPG, 18.3 PPG
Rozier is experiencing a career-best year, almost doubling his PPG from his career average of 9.2 PPG. Although the Hornets are more than likely not going to be in the playoff picture, Rozier has proven himself thus far to be worthy of the contract he received this past summer and may be a building block for the future for the extremely young Charlotte Hornets.
Damion Lee (SG for the Golden State Warriors)
28 GP, 27.4 MPG, 41.0 FG%, 34.8 3PT%, 88.4 FT%, 5.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.1 BPG, 0.9 SPG, 1.3 TPG, 12.5 PPG
Shoutout to Lee, at the beginning of the season he was just on a small two-way contract (Up to 45 days with an NBA team, the rest of the season is spent with the team’s G-League affiliate), but his play has been one of the lone bright spots on a otherwise dissapointing campaign for the Warriors. In fact, he has played so well they signed him to a full multi-year deal to stay with the team. Safe to say, the Warriors now know what we have always known, Lee deserves a spot in the NBA!
*Also, a special shout out to Cardinal Forever Ray Spalding for signing a two-way contract with the Charlotte Hornets this week! Ball out young man!
Donovan Mitchell (SG for the Utah Jazz)
41 GP, 34.6 MPG, 45.7 FG%, 36.0 3PT%, 85.8 FT%, 4.3 RPG, 4.3 APG, 0.2 BPG, 1.1 SPG, 2.4 TPG, 24.7 PPG
D-Mitch is becoming a superstar before our eyes (although he’s been doing the dang thing for the past 3 seasons, still upset that he got robbed of ROY his first year). Almost all his averages are up from his first 2 years, and he is the leading scorer for a very real Western Conference contender in the Jazz. He SHOULD make his first all-star team this year, and Cardnation could not be prouder of this man!
*Also, how awesome is Mitchell? Had a laptop courtside while he was warming up for his team’s game watching the Cards go into Cameron Indoor and beat #3 Duke
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 19, 2020
Alright, that does it for this week! I’ll be back next week to update ya’ll on our Cards in the NBA. As always, Go Cards!