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Local flavor in the NBA: Fredette and Davies finish regular season on a high note (5 items)

By , For the Deseret News

April 24, 2014

The NBA regular season has come to an end with four of the five teams that our local college legends play on advancing to the playoffs. Of the five, only Brandon Davies of the Philadelphia 76ers is on the outside looking in. That gives us the perfect opportunity to look back on how the regular season ended up for each player. It also gives us a chance to see who is making contributions to their respective teams in the first round of the playoffs, which are already under way.

1 of 5. Andre Miller, Utah, Washington Wizards

Miller has been a nice fit since a mid-season trade brought him to Washington. Miller took over the role as the Wizards' backup point guard and has provided a nice lift off the bench when John Wall gets a break. During the regular season, Miller played 14.7 minutes a night in 28 games in Washington and averaged 3.8 points, two rebounds and 3.5 assists.

During the first two games of the Wizards' playoff run, Miller has looked to score and has been able to do so in limited minutes. In Washington's game one win over the Chicago Bulls, Miller registered 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 13:39 on the floor. He followed that up with an eight-point performance in 9:27 of action, as the Wizards knocked off the Bulls for the second time in three days.

2 of 5. Andrew Bogut, Utah, Golden State Warriors

Bogut has been the backbone of the Golden State defense all season long and was a huge reason why the Warriors earned the six seed in a very difficult Western Conference. On the season, Bogut started all 67 games he appeared in and averaged 7.3 points on 62.7 percent shooting to go along with 10 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.8 blocks.

Even though Golden State is in a heated first-round series with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Warriors are without the services of Bogut, who is sidelined indefinitely with a broken rib. Golden State really missed his presence in a game two loss on Monday night as the Warriors gave up a season-high 138 points.

3 of 5. Jimmer Fredette, BYU, Chicago Bulls

Fredette played 56 minutes over eight games with the Bulls after signing as a free-agent when his contract got bought out by the Sacramento Kings. Although the first seven games provided nothing more than garbage minutes in games already long decided, game eight was where Fredette had the chance to show the Bulls what he could do in extended minutes, thanks to the absence of D.J. Augustin, and that is exactly what he did. In a 108-95 victory over the Orlando Magic on April 14, Fredette played 30:35 and finished with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting as well as grabbing three rebounds and handing out a pair of assists.

Since then, Fredette hasnt played in another game, including either of the Bulls' home playoff losses to the Washington Wizards.

4 of 5. Brandon Davies, BYU, Philadelphia 76ers

Davies saved his best for last as the 76ers won their final two games of the season to finish the year with a 19-63 record. In wins over the Boston Celtics and at the Miami Heat, Davies put up two big games. In a 113-108 victory over the Celtics, Davies matched his career-high with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting as well as adding three rebounds and a steal in 12:41 on the floor. He followed that up two nights later by tying his career-high in scoring again on 4-of-6 shooting while making only his second 3-point shot of the season as the 76ers defeated the Heat 100-87 in Miami.

On the season, Davies averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 11.3 minutes on the floor.

5 of 5. Damian Lillard, Weber State, Portland Trail Blazers

Although Lillard has been in a shooting slump for the last month of the season, he still provided the Blazers with a monster year. On the season, Lillard played in all 82 games for Portland and averaged 20.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists to help lead the Trail Blazers to a 54 win campaign.

As valuable as Lillard was in the regular season, he has been even more so in two huge Portland road wins over the Houston Rockets in the opening round of the playoffs. In his first ever playoff appearance, Lillard tallied 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the Blazers escaped with a hard-fought two point win. Lillard followed that up two nights later by chipping in 18 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists in a 112-105 victory.
1. Moracle
Blackshear, GA,
April 25, 2014

I sometimes wonder if teams are reluctant to play Jimmer because they're afraid he will become a star and turn the spotlight away from the coaches and other players....? Just sayin...

2. Downtime
Saint George, UT,
April 25, 2014

@moracle...I am a Fredette fan through and through. Your comment is one of the more ridiculous I read in quite a while.