Monday, April 24, 2017

Where Are They Now? 2017 End of the Regular Season

Eric Bledsoe (Phoenix Suns)
33MPG, 43.4% FG, 33.5 % 3PT, 4.8 Reb, 6.3 Ast, 21.1 PTS, 111 ORtg, 112 DRtg

Playing on the worst team in the West has some reflection on the team's best player Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe continues to struggle to stay healthy. Seven years in the NBA he's only played a full season 3 times. Played less than 44 games 3 times. This year he played 66 games but struggled with injury late in the season.

Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
35 MPG, 42.3% FG, 36.3% 3PT, 3.2 Reb, 3.4 Ast, 22.1 PTS, 103 ORtg, 116 DRtg

Booker made a splash in his second season appearing to be a true scorer in the NBA. His defense may end up holding him back, but only time will tell.

Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento Kings)

18.9 MPG, 53.0% FG, 4.5 Reb, 8.1 PTS, 109 ORtg, 108 DRtg

The good thing for Cauley-Stein is that after his role increased with the departure of Cousins he seemed to respond with solid play. The trouble for Cauley-Stein is that he's still in Sacramento. He has expressed some concern about his role in Sacramento.

DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans)
34.2 MPG, 45.2% FG, 36.0% 3PT, 11.1 Reb, 4.6 Ast, 27.0 PTS, 107 ORtg, 105 DRtg

The marriage of Cousins and Davis in New Orleans did not lead to much success. The hope is that there was enough there to show signs of things to come next season, but we'll see.

Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
36.1 MPG, 50.4% FG, 11.8 Reb, 2.1 Ast, 28.0 PTS, 112 ORtg, 102 DRtg

Davis had a great season, but it came to nothing. There will be big expectations on this team next season with Davis and Cousins having a full season together.

Archie Goodwin (Brooklyn Nets)
14.3 MPG, 54.5% FG, 33.3% 3PT, 1.9 Reb, 1.6 Ast, 7.3 PTS, 122 ORtg, 113 DRtg

Goodwin really struggled in Phoenix, the time away obviously did him good. He came back to the NBA and played well. He will hope to hang on with the Nets. So far we've yet to see an ex UK player on a team in the playoffs.

Andrew Harrison (Memphis Grizzlies)
20.5 MPG, 32.5% FG, 27.6% 3Pt, 1.9 Reb, 2.8 Ast, 5.9 PTS, 100 ORtg, 109 DRtg

He's playing more minutes in the playoffs than he averaged in the regular season, in a hotly contested playoff series. This bodes well for Harrison

Terrence Jones (Milwaukee Bucks)
23.5 MPG, 47.0% FG, 5.7 Reb, 1.1 Ast, 10.8 PTS, 103 ORtg, 105 DRtg

Cousins move to New Orleans did not end will for Jones who was out of the NBA by mid April. After being picked up by the Bucks, the coach refused to play Jones and soon he was let go. We hope Jones can find a roster next year.

Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City Thunder)
21.3 MPG, 54.5% FG, 6.7 Reb, 14.3 PTS, 116 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Kanter has had another solid season, but seems destined to be a bench player at this point. People see his defense as something they simply can't live with and so they keep him around for his offensive game. This means though he is a player of limited use and so a bench player.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Hornets)
29.0 MPG, 47.7% FG, 7.0 Reb, 9.2 PTS, 113 ORtg, 106 DRtg

A disappointing year for Charlotte and for Kidd-Gilchrist. He was healthy the full season but still is struggling offensively. Though his per 100 possession rating is a solid 113 in reality he's not a threat to score on offense and this hurts his ability to impact a game.

Brandon Knight (Phoenix Suns)
21.1 MPG, 39.8% FG, 32.4% 3Pt, 2.2 Reb, 2.4 Ast, 11 PTS, 101 ORtg, 115 DRtg

Not sure what is going on with Knight. He didn't play after the all star break, even after they shut Bledsoe down for the year with 15 games left. I would not be surprised to see the Suns simply drop him and eat the money if they can't find a trade.

Skal Labissiere (Sacramento Kings)
18.5 MPG, 53.7% FG, 4.9 Reb, 8.8 PTS, 110 ORtg, 110 DRtg

Labissiere found a lot more playing time after Cousins left and played well. His stock is up at the end of the season in Sacramento.

Deandre Liggins (Dallas Mavericks)
12.5 MPG, 38.7% FG, 38.7% 3Pt, 1.7 Reb, .9 Ast, 2.5 PTS, 92 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Liggins got dropped by Cleveland ahead of the playoffs and was picked up by Dallas who is impressed with his defensive abilities. It doesn't hurt that he shoots 38% from three. If you can get a defensive specialist who can also be a threat from 3 that's something. Here's hoping he sticks this time around the NBA.

Trey Lyles (Utah Jazz)
16.3 MPG, 36.2% FG, 31.9% 3Pt, 3.3 Reb, 6.2 PTS, 94 ORtg, 106 DRtg

Lyles really struggled in his second season, seeing his minutes drop as the season progressed and is getting no play time in the playoffs. Hopefully he can bounce back next season.

Jodie Meeks (Orlando Magic)
20.5 MPG, 40.2% FG, 40.9% 3Pt, 2.1 Reb, 1.3 Ast, 9.1 PTS, 107 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Meeks had a mediocre year for a bad team. Not sure where he'll be next season if he's still in the NBA.

Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets)
21.1 MPG, 40.5% FG, 33.4% 3Pt, 2.6 Reb, 2.1 Ast, 9.9 PTS, 103 ORtg, 114 DRtg

Murray had a very solid rookie season on a team that played much better than expected.

Nerlens Noel (Dallas Mavericks)
20.5 MPG, 59.5% FG, 5.8 Reb, 1 Ast, 8.7 PTS, 119 ORtg, 102 DRtg

Noel ended up getting traded to Dallas and played well for them, eventually working into the starting rotation. It will be interesting to see how he does next year in a stable system where he'll be the starting center from the beginning of the season.

Patrick Patterson (Toronto Raptors)

24.6 MPG, 40.1% FG, 37.2% 3Pt, 4.5 Reb, 1.2 Ast, 6.8 PTS, 115 ORtg, 109 DRtg

Another solid season for Patterson but so far it's looking like another disappointing playoff for the Raptors.

Alex Poythress (Philadelphia 76ers
26.2 MPG, 46.3% FG, 31.6% 3Pt, 4.8 Reb, .8 Ast, 10.7 PTS, 115 ORtg, 112 DRtg

Poythress was picked up by the 76ers on a 10 day contract on April 1st, then signed to a contract on the 11th. He was given playing time and I guess they liked what they saw. Hopefully he'll be around next season.

Julius Randle (Los Angeles Lakers)
28.8 MPG, 48.7% FG, 8.6 Reb, 3.6 Ast, 13.2 PTS, 107 ORtg, 112 DRtg

Randle put together a solid sophomore year. Next year people will be looking to him to see just how good he's going to be.

Rajon Rondo (Chicago Bulls)

26.7 MPG, 40.8% FG, 37.6% 3Pt, 5.1 Reb, 6.7 Ast, 7.8 PTS, 99 ORtg, 105 DRtg

Rondo is such an odd duck. He played much better for the Bulls down the stretch and then appeared to be the best player on the court against Boston in the playoffs until he got hurt. In the playoffs he averaged 11.5 pts, 10 ast, and 8.5 reb per game. This is classic playoff Rondo numbers, oh and 3.5 steals. This is why Rondo stays in the NBA. Not sure what will happen with him next season.

Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
37 MPG, 54.2% FG, 12.3 Reb, 2.7 Ast, 25.1 PTS, 121 ORtg, 110 DRtg

His numbers were great, his team's performance was disappointing. That pretty much says everything about this year for Towns. Expectations will not be so high going into next season.

Tyler Ulis (Phoenix Suns)
18.4 MPG, 42.1% FG, 26.6% 3Pt, 3.7 Ast, 7.3 PTS, 102 ORtg, 114 DRtg

When Bledsoe was shut down and Knight couldn't play, Ulis got the job of point guard and performed well. I'm not sure what Phoenix is going to do with all these guards, but I hope that Ulis can find a home where he gets a shot to start.

John Wall (Washington Wizards)
36.4 MPG, 45.1% FG, 32.7% 3Pt, 4.2 Reb, 10.7 Ast, 23.1 PTS, 110 ORtg, 108 DRtg

Wall has had his best season as a professional and it has shown with his team. The question is how far can they go in the playoffs.

James Young (Boston Celtics)
7.6 MPG, 43.1% FG, 34.3% 3Pt, .9 Reb, 2.3 PTS, 108 ORtg, 109 DRtg

Young had a much better season this year and is getting sub minutes in the playoffs for Boston. It will be interesting to see if he sticks.