Even though the Jazz have opened the season with a record of 4-18, there is still plenty of exciting NBA basketball to follow for local hoops fans. Other than watching the growth of a young Jazz squad, there are five local college basketball legends that are making their way through the NBA. Some are having great success while others can't get off the bench for their respective teams.
Here’s a look at how each local college star is playing so far in the young NBA season.
Miller is in his 14th year in the league and his third straight season with the Denver Nuggets. Miller is a key piece to the Nuggets success coming off the bench. Although he is averaging a career low 20.1 minutes a game, Miller is shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from three-point range. So far this season, Miller has per-game averages of 6.4 points, 3.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds for the 12-8 Nuggets.
After being injured most of the last two seasons, Bogut is finally healthy and playing big minutes as the starting center for the Golden State Warriors. In 20 games this year, Bogut is playing 27.5 minutes a game and shooting what would be a career-high 58.1 percent from the field. That doesn't translate into a lot of scoring for Bogut, though, since the Warriors play from the outside in. Bogut is averaging 7.5 points a game on just 5.9 attempts.
Bogut’s a huge force on the glass and on defense. He is grabbing 9.2 boards a game and blocking 1.7 shots for the 12-9 Warriors.
Fredette is in his third season with the Kings, but has only played in six of Sacramento's 18 games including five straight DNPs.
In his six games, Fredette has averaged 12.2 minutes and has made 4-of-8 three-point attempts, as well as both of his free throws.
Fredette has also grabbed 10 rebounds, handed out 10 assists and registered four steals in his limited minutes.
Davies is in his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers and plays in just about every game. He has played in 18 of the 76ers 21 games and is averaging 11.7 minutes a contest.
Davies doesn't look to score very often and for good reason. He has made just 14-of-41 field-goal attempts and 11-of-17 free throws.
Davies gets his minutes because he’s a solid rebounder and defender in limited minutes.
In his 18 games, Davies is averaging 2.2 points, two rebounds and .8 assists a game.
He had one of his better games of the season on Friday night, registering four points on 2-of-3 shooting to go along with two rebounds, one assist and a blocked shot.
Lillard has been the most productive local product since he got drafted with the sixth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers.
After winning Rookie of the Year a season ago, Lillard came back even stronger. Lillard has started all 21 games for the 17-4 Blazers and is averaging 20.8 points a contest. As part of his progression, Lillard has significantly improved his three-point and free-throw shooting. He is shooting 42.5 percent from distance and 91.2 percent from the charity stripe.
Lillard has also cut down on his turnovers by almost one a game from his rookie campaign while still being a solid distributor. He is averaging 5.7 assists as well as 3.8 rebounds for the Western Conference-leading Trailblazers.
Lillard matched his season high in scoring on Saturday night with 32 points. He shot 50 percent from the field, including 5-for-9 from the 3-point range and made all nine of his free throws. He also handed out five assists with only one turnover in one of the few Portland losses on the season.