During his time at the UW, Lorenzo Romar has sent 12 players into the NBA. To start the 2013-14 season, six Huskies were signed to NBA rosters. Let’s take a look at how the former Dawgs have fared as we are about a quarter of the way through the NBA season:
Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia 76ers (14.8 PPG, 9 RBP, 1.6 BPG) - Hawes is currently on his way to his best season as a pro. On a 76ers team that was expected to win around 15 games this season, Hawes has helped make the team somewhat competitive in the Eastern Conference. In the last year of his contract, Hawes could be a name that is thrown around when the trade deadline approaches, but even if he remains in Philly for 2013-14, he will be getting paid this summer. Hawes is currently shooting a career high from the field (49%) and three point range (43%). Hawes’s best game came in a 108-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors, where he finished 10-13 from the field for 28 points and 10 rebounds. As a 7’1 center with three point range, Hawes has a unique skill set that makes him enjoyable to watch every game.
Quincy Pondexter, Memphis Grizzlies (6.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.3 APG)- Pondexter played just 15 games this season before suffering a stress fracture in his foot that will sideline him for the rest of the year. After playing key minutes as a reserve in last year’s playoffs, Pondexter was averaging 18 minutes per game and was one of Memphis’s top reserves. Pondexter scored a career high 22 points in a 97-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in November. Let’s hope Pondexter has a speedy recovery and is back at full strength next season.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (11 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3 APG) - After signing with Denver in the offseason, Robinson has kept the same role he has had his whole career, providing instant offense off the bench. In his 8th NBA season, Robinson is still the player that can score 30 points on any given night, but he could also finish 1-10 from the field with eight turnovers. Robinsons best game of the season came in a 112-98 win against the Toronto Raptors, where he finished 9-14 from the field for 23 points. Robinson has turned it on in December, up his scoring average to 14.3 PPG for the month.
Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings (18.8 PPG, 5.4 APG, 2.5 RPG) – IT has easily had the best season out of any Husky so far in 2013. Thomas started the season as the Kings 6th man, but was inserted into the starting lineup once Greivis Vasquez was traded to the Raptors in the Rudy Gay deal. Shooting a career best 47% from the field and 42% from three, Thomas has scored over 20 points ten times this season. In a 110-101 loss to the LA Clippers, Thomas scored 29 points off the bench, his best performance of the season. Being the last pick in the 2011 draft, Thomas has been a feel good story for both Husky and Kings fans.
Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors (7.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.7 APG)- The 8th pick in the 2012 draft, Ross has upped his output in almost every statistical category to start 2013. Ross was stuck behind both Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan in Toronto, but now that Gay is gone, Ross is already seeing more opportunities. Ross has now made three consecutive starts for the Raptors and played at least 24 minutes in the four games since Gay was traded. In December, Ross is up to 10.6 PPG for the month. In his 2nd start of the season against the 76ers, Ross scored 24 points on 10-16 shooting, and also grabbed five rebounds. Now that he is in the starting lineup, Ross will have a chance to show off the scoring potential he flashed at Washington.
Tony Wroten, Philadelphia 76ers (13.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.7 APG)- After a disappointing rookie season, Wroten seems to have found a new home in Philadelphia. Averaging 26.5 minutes per game, Wroten has flashed the scoring and playmaking ability he showed in his one season at Washington. With rookie Michael Carter-Williams resting a knee injury, Wroten has started 11 games alongside former Husky Spencer Hawes. Wroten’s three point shooting (25%) and free throw shooting (56%) still haven’t improved much since college, but Wroten is an athletic specimen who stills finds a way to put the ball through the hoop. After playing just 35 games in his rookie year with Memphis, Wroten will be a key contributor for the 76ers and could find himself in the race for the NBA’s Most Improved award at season’s end.
Even though the Sonics are no longer in Seattle, UW fans love to see the former Dawgs having success as they continue their careers in the NBA.
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