Roundup: A look at how former Hoosiers are faring in the NBA

  • 01/12/2017 8:58 am in

Back in December, Indiana had six players in the NBA this season, which was tied with Michigan for the second most of any Big Ten school. The Hoosiers now just have four as Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams are both in the Developmental League.

Here’s our latest update on how each former Hoosier is faring as the midway point of the NBA season approaches:

· Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets: Gordon, who has been one of the better turnaround stories this season in the NBA, has missed the last two games with a sprained toe. The injury isn’t expected to sideline him long term, which is good news for the Rockets. At 31-10, Houston currently sits in third place in the Western Conference. Gordon is a major reason why. In 39 games, he’s averaging 17.3 points per game on 41.1 percent shooting on 3s. Playing alongside James Harden and for coach Mike D’Antoni has been a huge boost for Gordon’s career and his productivity. If he can stay healthy, which has been a problem throughout his career, Gordon will play in the NBA’s postseason for just the second time in his career.

· Victor Oladipo, Oklahoma City Thunder: Oladipo missed nine games with a sprained right wrist, but returned on Dec. 31. He’s scored in double figures in all seven games since his return. The Thunder, led by MVP frontrunner Russell Westbrook, are 24-16 and are tied with Utah for the fifth best record in the Western Conference. Oladipo is averaging 16.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 33.9 minutes per game. He’s also having his best shooting season of his young career. Oladipo is hitting 38.3 percent of his 3s and is shooting 45.2 percent overall from the field. The Thunder appear to be a lock to reach the postseason, which means Oladipo will play in the NBA playoffs for the first time this spring.

· Noah Vonleh, Portland Trail Blazers: Vonleh is still just 21, but his opportunity to thrive might not happen in Portland. The Blazers started Vonleh in 56 games last season, but his playing time this season has dropped to 11.2 minutes per game. He’s averaging just 2.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Unless Vonleh can distinguish himself from Meyers Leonard or Ed Davis, it appears unlikely that he’ll be more than a fringe rotation player this season in Portland. The Blazers have already picked his option up for next season ($3.5 million).

· Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets: Zeller has missed four of Charlotte’s last five games. The first three misses were due to a concussion and most recently, he missed Charlotte’s 121-114 loss to Houston with an illness. The Hornets have been stumbling as of late and have fallen all the way down to seventh in the Eastern Conference. They’re just a half game ahead of Washington for the eighth spot. Chicago, which is ninth in the standings, is just one game back of Charlotte. In 32 games (30 starts), Zeller is averaging 10.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 26.3 minutes per game. He’s shooting a career-best 59.6 percent from the field.

· Troy Williams, Memphis Grizzlies/Iowa Energy: Williams hasn’t played significant minutes for Memphis in nearly a month and is now in the Development League with the Iowa Energy. He was called up for one game recently, but didn’t play and was sent back to Iowa. In 24 games (16 starts) with the Grizzlies, Williams is averaging 5.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 17.4 per game. Injuries are what helped Williams carve out a rotation spot in Memphis earlier this season, but with a healthier roster over the last month, the Grizzlies have opted to find more playing time for Williams in the D-League. In six games for the Energy, he’s averaging 20.2 points (51.2 percent shooting), 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a steal in 24.8 minutes per game.

· Yogi Ferrell, Brooklyn Nets/Long Island Nets: Ferrell was waived by Brooklyn on Dec. 8 and is now playing with the team’s D-League affiliate. According to multiple reports, he recently had a tryout with Philadelphia for a 10-day contract, but nothing materialized. In 10 games for Brooklyn, Ferrell averaged 5.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game. For Long Island, he’s averaging 18.4 points, 5.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 34.8 minutes per game.

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  • Send in the Clowns

    This Rockets are the ideal team for EJ. But on cue is has been out of the lineup again. This time with a toe issue.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I feel like Yogi just needs more of an opportunity. I see guys on the Brooklyn roster that he is definitely better than. Troy played pretty well and seemed to be well-liked by the Grizzlies coaches/players. They do have a ton of talent and experience though and are a serious contender. He would likely be starting for some lesser teams. Great to see Eric Gordon taking advantage of a perfect situation for him.

  • JustInSports

    You must not know the players for the Nets that are ahead of Yogi then. Jeremy Lin is a starting PG in the NBA and Whitehead has the potential and is the hometown guy.

  • hardly

    glad to see Yogi and Troy owning the D-league…I think we’ll see both guys as permanent fixtures in the NBA soon.

  • vicbert caladipo

    This just goes to show you how much better the NBA is than the D-leagues. Apparently looking at the scores, no one plays Defense in the D-leagues. CTC teams should fill up their rosters. Sorry, I couldn’t resist tossing in a jab. Seriously, I’m proud of our guys and it was good seeing Yogi and Nick in Maryland.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Jeremy Lin has helped me get many a win in fantasy b-ball.

  • IU_Nation

    ITH, do you have anything about how NZ is doing in the D-League this season?

    Also, I heard something about Yogi to the Sixers? Does anyone know about that?

  • Send in the Clowns

    The Sixers signed another guard they worked out.

  • IdahoHoosier

    If you are interested, you can search for NZ and/or the D-League and find details on his statistics and game to game performance. It is the Age of Information.

  • John D Murphy

    First, almost no young players in the association play any D either. Second, defense in the NBA is more about situational and player-specific rotations (not only player with the ball but who is on the floor with him) than great individual D. That kind of cohesion and collective decision making isn’t possible with the rotating door of the D league.

  • John D Murphy

    He is getting more of an opportunity to play and develop now than he would be getting 2 min a game at the end of Brooklyn’s bench. I’m pretty sure he’s still running the same contract as when he was on the Net’s since he cleared waivers.