Local flavor in the NBA: Fredette and Miller settle in with new teams, Lillard continues to lead Portland

Published: Monday, March 31 2014 1:42 p.m. MDT

With the NBA regular season winding to a close and a very lackluster Jazz year coming to an end, there is still plenty to cheer for as a Utah basketball fan. Five local college legends have been on rosters this season with varying levels of both playing time and success. Here is a look at how they have performed on the court.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

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Tators
Hyrum, UT

Interesting that Miller is averaging .31 points per minute played,
while Jimmer is averaging over .62 points per minute played...
Exactly double the point productivity of Miller.
Not surprising to many of us.
Jimmer's minutes played per game will soon increase as he gets more acclimated to Chicago's offensive sets.
In the meantime, he's off to a commendable start.

Frank Staheli
Santaquin, ut

As a starter, what would that be...about 30 points per game?

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

Poor Jimmer. He's going to have to play in Europe. Boy, that's tough. I'd hate to have to live in Europe for a few years.

I know Utah's Luke Nevill (slightly). That poor guy has been forced to play in Australia, Taiwan, Russia, ... all sorts of places. Beats Sacramento or OK City for me. His team is in the playoffs in Taiwan this year.

Go Luke! Go Jimmer!

bslack
Draper, UT

As much as I like Jimmer an hope he gets a chance to see what he can do. Andre Miller has proven to be a good starter early in his career and a very good backup now. Andre has had a very good career in the NBA and proven himself with many different teams. Please don't compare Jimmer and Andre, as Andre has proven he belongs in the NBA regardless of team.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

No surprise that Damien Lillard is far and away the best player on this list and will undoubtedly have the best nba career barring any serious injury. I guess the jury is still out on Jimmer to see what he does when he gets more minutes and acclimated to the Bulls and their roles/rotations. In the meantime good luck to all these guys. Good ball players, but all good guys as well.

MormonUte
Centerville, UT

You are going to compare Jimmer to Andre Milker? Seriously? Miller is 9th all time in assists in the history of the NBA. At 38 years old, Miller is still better than Jimmer. Andre was a better college player, too. The Utes won 11 NCAA tournament games with Andre at the point, which included 3 consecutive sweet 16s, 2 elite 8s, and a trip to the NCAA Finals (Not to mention 4 conference championships). This time of year always reminds me of Andre putting up a triple double (18 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists) against the defending champion Arizona Wildcats who returned all 5 starters. He followed that up with a 16 point, 14 rebound performance against #1 North Carolina in the Final Four. I like Jimmer, and I hope he finds a role in the NBA, but he is a one-trick pony, and claiming that he's anywhere near as good as Andre Miller is absurd.

EPoint
Roy, UT

Jimmer is more like me than the other players, so naturally I hope for him to succeed. When there are no more players like Jimmer, then I will no longer care about the NBA.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

Tators
Hyrum, UT

Interesting that Miller is averaging .31 points per minute played,
while Jimmer is averaging over .62 points per minute played...
Exactly double the point productivity of Miller.
Not surprising to many of us.

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How productive is Jimmer on defense? Oh wait, that's the reason he has more DNPs in Chicago than he had in Sacramento.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

Whoa....Davies missed a whole 2 months with an injured pinky?

Proud Ute
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Tators,
Don't let reality get in the way of your blue-skewed nonsense.
Fredette has been with the Bulls for nearly a month but has only played 21 minutes in five games.

portlander
Arlington, WA

I want Jimmer in Portland. He fits their style of play. Score more than your opponents and you win!

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