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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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After much speculation that Fredette would be traded, it was a trade that has provided an opportunity for him to play on a regular basis. Since the trade of Greivis Vasquez to the Toronto Raptors, Fredette has appeared in every game as the backup point guard to Isaiah Thomas.

Although he isn't getting big minutes, Fredette has been solid. In that stretch, Fredette has had his three most impressive games of the season. In a 21-point home loss to the Jazz, Fredette was 4 for 6 from the floor on his way to 13 points in just under 12 minutes of action.

A week later, Fredette had another solid outing with nine points, two rebounds and an assist in a little more than nine minutes in a 17-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks. In another Kings' defeat five days later, Fredette shot 4 for 6 from the floor and finished the game with nine points as well as two rebounds, two assists and a steal in about 13 minutes on the floor.
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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.

STLute
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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