Local flavor in the NBA: How Utah players are faring in the pros

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31 2013 3:51 a.m. MST

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Lillard is the leading assist man and the second leading scorer on an impressive Blazers squad that has a 24-6 record at this point in the season. The 23-year-old point guard had two of his most memorable games of the season on back-to-back nights a few weeks ago.

In a three-point win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road on Dec. 17, Lillard made 8 of 12 shots from 3-point range on his way to a season-high 36 points. On that night, Lillard also handed out 10 assists and grabbed eight rebounds. One night later, Lillard matched his season high with 36 points on 7-of-14 shooting from distance to go along with six rebounds, six assists and three steals.

If Lillard continues to play at such a high level he should get serious consideration to be an All-Star this season.
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Long Lost America
Salt Lake City, UT

Only five players? And the ones from Utah are aging vets from the Majerus era. How sad what college basketball has become overall in this state, down from 10-20 years ago when various Utah players were in the NBA. The '98 contending Utah team for example had several NBA players in the starting line-up and Van Horn the year before. Although it is obvious no significant research was done on this article since Ronnie Price from UVU still plays for Orlando. In a few years when Bogut and Miller have retired we will see Lilliard and possibly Fredette representing the state (if he does in fact ever live of to his ceiling projections of becoming the next JJ Redick). Unless Davies somehow gets a few breaks it is hard to see him progressing beyond his current role player status, that is, his ceiling right now seems to be about where he is now, a 13th or 15th ranked role player on his own roster.

Long Lost America
Salt Lake City, UT

To think withing a few short years we may see no one besides Lilliard on the list or just Fredette trying to live up to his ceiling potential of becoming the next JJ Redick. Stunning that only Majerus era players are still in the NBA for Utah and there are so few on the list. Although the list is short, the quality of the thought and research put into this article is illustrated by the omission of Ronnie Price, currently playing Orlando.

St. Louis, MO

@Long Lost America

Aren't you a bright ray of sunshine? Step out of your cave and realize there's some very good talent currently on EACH college team in the state. You may even come to the conclusion that some players will improve their skills more in the next year or two. It will not be as bad as you think.

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