Five former Hoosiers will be active as NBA playoffs begin Tuesday

  • 04/16/2024 8:00 am in

Five former Hoosiers will be active as the 2024 NBA playoffs begin Tuesday.

Note: Jalen Hood-Schifino is on the Los Angeles Lakers roster, but is out for the season.

Here are the details on the five active Hoosiers, via IU media relations:

OG Anunoby, New York Knicks

A midseason trade sent Anunoby, the 23rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, from the Toronto Raptors to the New York Knicks. In 23 games with the Knicks, Anunoby averaged 14.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per contest while playing 34.9 minutes a night. The former NBA All-Defensive Team selection shot 48.8% from the floor, 39.4% from the 3-point line, and 74.5% from the free throw line after the trade.

The Knicks wrapped up the second seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 50-32 and will await the results of the 2024 SoFi NBA Play-In Tournament to determine their first-round opponent.

Thomas Bryant, Miami Heat

Bryant, a seven-year NBA veteran, appeared in 38 games for the Miami Heat and averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game.

Miami earned the eighth seed and will play the seventh-seeded Philadelphia 76ers at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 17, on ESPN. The winner of that game will secure a spot in the playoffs and a series against the second-seeded New York Knicks.

Eric Gordon, Phoenix Suns

Gordon, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, appeared in 68 games for the new-look Phoenix Suns and averaged 11.0 points on 37.8% shooting from the 3-point line. He has also posted 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game in 27.8 minutes.

The Suns finished as the six seed in the Western Conference and will take on the third-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round beginning on Saturday, April 20, in Minneapolis.

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Golden State Warriors

Jackson-Davis, a 2023 Consensus All-American, made 16 starts and 68 appearances in his debut season with the Golden State Warriors. The 57th overall pick averaged 7.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.1 blocked shots in 16.6 minutes per game. He shot 70.4% from the floor.

The 10-seeded Warriors will square off with the No. 9 seed Sacramento Kings at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 16, on TNT. The winner will take on the loser of the No. 7 versus No. 8 game for the final playoff seed. The winner of the final play-in game will travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder in the opening round.

Cody Zeller, New Orleans Pelicans

Zeller, and 11-year NBA vet, appeared in 43 games for the New Orleans Pelicans. The former No. 4 overall pick averaged 7.4 minutes in a reserve role.

The seventh-seeded Pelicans will square off with the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 16, on TNT with the winner advancing to face the second-seeded Denver Nuggets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

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